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Exciting changes are coming to the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood as former blocks that were part of the Capper/Carrollsburg complex are being redeveloped.

Representatives from the District of Columbia Housing Authority’s Office of Capital Programs gave an update to more than 50 community members at a recent July 25 meeting held in the community building in the neighborhood.

One of the largest HOPE VI projects in the nation, Capitol Quarter is the result of DCHA leveraging a $34.9 million grant in 2001 coupled with public and private dollars for a total of more than $581 million to redevelop the 23-acre Capper/Carrollsburg public housing project into a vibrant mixed-use, mixed-income community.

DCHA committed to rebuilding the 707 affordable units that were previously part of the now demolished Capper/Carrollsburg development. This growing community now has 437homes for low-income families. Another 36 will be delivered next March when The Harlow opens.

The Harlow, formerly referred to as Square 769N, will be a 10-story boutique rental building with 179 units, including 36 for low-income tenants. The building will look over Canal Park and have high-end finishes in all of the units. Amenities include a roof terrace, community room, pool, and pet-grooming area. The ground floor will feature about 4,000 square-feet of retail space.

As construction finishes, with an aim to open in the first quarter of 2019, DCHA is reaching out to former Capper/Carrollsburg residents who might be interested in moving into The Harlow. DCHA wants to assist these potential residents in having the best possible applications and create an easier move when the building does open.

The next project in the pipeline will be two buildings on Square 767, overlooking Canal Park at I Street, S.E. One building, which will be developed by EYA will be an eight-story condominium building with up to 135 units, including five workforce units for sale. This building will be on the south side of the lot.  

The second building will be a four-story rental developed by DCHA. There will be 57 affordable units that will be offered to former Capper/Carrollsburg residents first.  This building is five stories and mirrors the condominium building.. The two buildings will share a courtyard and parking garage. Developers are aiming for a completion in the winter of 2022.

Another project in the works that will offer priority to Capper/Carrollsburg residents is City View, located near the Anacostia Metro Station and Sheridan Station neighborhood. While not in the direct Capitol Riverfront footprint, the developer and DCHA made a deal for 30 new low-income units at this location and want to offer them to former residents. City View will build 58 total units at varying levels of affordability. The developer, W.C. Smith, plans on leasing units in September 2019.

There are still three lots in varying stages of early development and planning. At its completion, more than 1,700 rental and homeownership units, including a one-for-one replacement of the original 707 public housing units, commercial space, including office,  and retail space, and a community center, will have been created.

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