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Arthur Capper and Carrollsburg Dwellings, now under construction on 23 acres stretching from the Navy Yard to the Anacostia River, is the city’s and the nation’s most ambitious HOPE VI project to date. Once two public housing complexes with a total of 707 units, the properties were old and obsolete a high concentration of low-income units in barracks-style architecture. 

 

In October 2001, the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) received a $34.9 million HOPE VI grant award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the revitalization of the Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg site. With the addition of private and public investors, this initial grant grew to more than $750 million to form one of the largest urban redevelopment areas in the country. 
 
 
Located adjacent to Capitol Hill, the area has direct access to public transportation and a growing employment base in the heart of one of the city’s “hottest” neighborhoods, with National’s Park, the new D.C., baseball stadium, as its centerpiece.
 
 
Public-Private Partnerships
The project’s collaborative planning committee represents a partnership of diverse constituents including residents of the impacted neighborhood, representatives of the Navy/Marine Corps and Southeast Federal Center, and numerous agencies of the District Government, including the Deputy Mayor’s Office of Planning and Economic Development. Forest City Enterprises and Mid-city Urban, LLC, both with significant experience in developing similar projects, were selected as the project’s developers, along with EYA Associates, Inc., which will oversee the project’s town home construction.
 
When completed, the Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg development will be the first HOPE VI project in the country to provide one-for-one replacement of demolished public housing units in the same footprint as the original developments. The development plan calls for more than 1,600 new rental and home ownership units to create a thriving mixed-income community of apartments, town homes, and a seniors’ building, which was completed and occupied in 2007. 
 
 
Economic and Community Development
The project’s economic stimulus plan includes 50,000 square feet of retail space, and nearly 700,000 square feet of office space. DCHA has secured commitments to provide at least 1,130 jobs over a three-year period for public housing residents. In addition, the planned redevelopment of the Navy Yard will result in significant jobs over a ten-year period. 
 
The project also addresses the social and educational needs of residents, and includes the construction of an 18,000 square-foot community center, and a new public park to be constructed adjacent to the site. In conjunction with the D.C. Public Schools, DCHA is building a new school in the Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg neighborhood, as well.
 
Another critical component of the Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg redevelopment project is the replacement of the public infrastructure at the site. DCHA signed an agreement with the District government to coordinate the installation of new underground utilities, sanitary and water lines, and a new storm management system. The District will reimburse DCHA for the work through Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) funding.
Last modified: 12/22/2014 9:15:58 PM