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The District of Columbia Housing Authority Board of Commissioners recently approved an approximately $456,000 allocation of local rent subsidy funds to create new affordable units in Ward 7.

The Strand Residences, located at Division and Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenues in Northeast, will have a total of 86 affordable units, 28 of which will be project-based voucher units that will serve as replacement units for Lincoln Heights and Richardson Dwelling residents. Lincoln Heights and Richardson Dwellings are part of the city’s New Communities Initiative (NCI).

The new building will have 71 one-bedroom units and 15 two-bedroom units. The majority of units will be affordable to households that are up to 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). Currently in the District, the AMI is about $117,200 for a family of four. The 28 replacement units will serve households making up to 30 percent of the AMI. There also will be approximately 2,450 square feet of first floor retail.

The estimated $37 million Strand project is being developed by a partnership of the NHP Foundation, the Warrenton Group, and the WA Metropolitan Community Development Corporation.

As part of the redevelopment, the neighboring historic Stand Theater will be renovated. A portion of the Strand Theater will be converted into a 6,400-square-foot dining and entertainment venue. The developer intends to use an estimated $6 million allocation of New Markets Tax Credits through DCHA subsidiary D.C. Housing Enterprises for the commercial development portion of the project which will be owned, developed, and financed through a separate, but related, owner entity.

The Lincoln Heights and Richardson Dwellings NCI initiative has funded new playgrounds completed at Marvin Gaye Park in 2009; H.D. Woodson High School in 2011; Nannie Helen Burroughs Apartments in 2013 with 70 total units, of those 23 replacement units; and Deanwood Hills completed in 2018 with 150 total units, of those 50 replacement units. [AG1] To date a total of over 73 replacement units have been built. Once completed, Providence Place and The Strand Residences will provide an additional 63[AG2]  new replacement units for Lincoln Heights and Richardson Dwelling residents.           

 

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