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City officials and community members recently broke ground on the Delta Towers, a redevelopment that will replace 149 affordable units for seniors and add another 30 in the H Street, N.E. corridor.

The $96 million project will replace the existing towers, located at 1400 Florida Avenue, N.E., and continue to serve senior D.C. residents, aged 55 and older, making 30 percent of the area median income, or $35,160 for a family of four.

“Since 1979, the award winning Delta Towers have been serving this city’s senior community with a partnership from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,” said District of Columbia Housing Authority Executive Director Tyrone Garrett. “With this redevelopment, that partnership will continue and grow to include DCHA and other city agencies so the towers can serve more seniors well into the future.”

The 30 additional apartments that will be included in the new redevelopment will be subsidized through DCHA and the Local Rent Subsidy Program. Of those units, 18 will be designated as permanent supportive housing.

“We committed to redeveloping Delta Towers in a way that creates the types of housing and resources the community needs – and that includes safe and affordable apartments for seniors,” said Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner, also a member of DCHA’s Board of Commissioners.

The phased development will begin with construction of the new building on the existing plot of land bordered by Florida Avenue, Bladensburg Road, and Morse Street. Once it is completed, seniors will be able to move into the new, more efficient units, causing them little disruption. It will be nine stories on Florida Avenue and step down to six stories on the Bladensburg Road and Morse Street sides to fit with the adjacent neighborhood aesthetic. It is planned to meet the District 2015 Green Communities Criteria with energy efficient elements incorporated throughout the design.

The new Delta Towers will include 4,300 square feet of ground floor retail space and provide seniors access to a vibrant neighborhood. The building will also include amenities designed to foster social interaction, including a community room, computer access, and a fitness center.

 

 

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Last modified: 10/15/2018 3:21:06 PM

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