After two years in operation, the community building at Capitol Riverfront is made great strides to improve its offerings for the larger neighborhood, seeing great gains in usage.

Summer activity at the community building, located at 1000 5th Street, S.E., in 2017 saw more than triple the crowds the previous summer hosted. More than 3,500 youth and adults used the center this summer compared to about 750 in 2016.

“I’m pleased to see this building becoming more and more of a fixture in the greater community—from the water to the highway,” said District of Columbia Housing Authority Communications Director Richard White. “There will be even more offered in the 2018 year—from Kaizan Karate classes to basketball clinics, from sewing to music interest groups.”

In fact, the facility is in use nearly every day, all day. There are some early morning basketball workouts and after school childcare. During the day, there are private rentals and Toddlers on the Hill Montessori School being held. Chanel Dance Studio or Tippie Toes Dance classes are held. Capitol Kicks Soccer clinics are fit in throughout the year. The use has increased from about 40 people in a day in 2016 to a minimum of 140 people using the building in a day in 2017.

Private rentals have increased from one or two a month in 2016 to at least five per month in 2017. Special events such as professional development for public and private offices, a youth basketball tournament, a veterans appreciation, and a toy drive were among the private events held at the center.

It also is the new home to regular community meetings, as well. The Capitol Quarter Home Owners Association, Capitol Quarter Seniors Group, and Metropolitan Police Department’s public safety meetings are all held in the building.

For more information about the community building, please call 202-547-0581, visit www.thecommunitybuilding.org, or email cqcenter@dchousing.org.



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