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CAPITOL QUARTER COMMUNITY POLLING RESULTS

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Capitol Quarter neighbors participate in a polling activity.

More than 60 neighbors discussed the future of the Capitol Quarter community building at a meeting Monday night. 

The District of Columbia Housing Authority has secured roughly $9 million in bond financing to build a new community building. In order to access the funding, however, a Certificate of Occupancy for the facility must be obtained by October 2015, which means construction must start by spring, or the money will be returned to the bondholders. The meeting was the next step toward planning programming for the building.

Residents were guided through a simple polling process and participated in concentrated focus groups so consultants from Brailsford and Dunlavey and Justice and Sustainability Associates could listen to everyone's ideas. 

About 70 percent of those in attendance lived within three blocks of the proposed community space on 5th Street between K and L streets in Southeast. More than half of the crowd rented in the neighborhood, but there was an even distribution of newer and older community members.

Those gathered seemed to find a consensus that the building should have rooms that support multiple purposes and that no one should be prevented from attending programming due to cost. However, covering operating expenses had a wide range of possibilities. 

A larger survey will be distributed beginning the week of April 28. There will be hard copies and electronic links available at www.dchousing.org and advertised through DCHA's Facebook page and Twitter account.  

For a copy of the presentation and polling results, click here.

 

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Smaller discussions took place so each individual attendee could contribute their thoughts.
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