The District of Columbia Housing Authority, Brookfield, Urban Atlantic, and other city and community officials celebrated the grand opening of The Harlow, a new mixed-use development project.

The Harlow includes 179 mixed-income apartments, 4,000-square-feet of commercial retail space, and various residential common areas within its 10-story structure. There are 36 affordable units interspersed throughout the building.

“We are excited to welcome back former Capper/Carrollsburg residents and families to their old neighborhood and into this premiere building in a prime location,” said DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett. “Not only will this building offer great amenities to its affordable and market-rate residents, alike, but it serves as a great example of what a local and federal partnership can do to create affordable housing in the District.”

The Harlow was funded using innovative methods to preserve and create more affordable housing in the District of Columbia. Funding for the building included D.C. Housing Production Trust Fund financing, Low-Income Tax Credits, and immigrant investor program EB-5 funding.

This is the first-time DCHA has been involved in a transaction where EB-5 is part of the capital stack. EB-5 is a tool created to generate job creation and capital investment from foreign investors looking to eventually receive a green card and come to the United States.

The nearly $74 million building, located adjacent to Canal Park, features high-quality construction and amenities, including walk-in closets, granite counters, in-unit laundry, and expertly appointed finishes. There is underground parking and bicycle storage, a rooftop pool and deck, fitness center, game room, and a dog park and pet care facility. Additionally, The Harlow is a model for sustainability in the community being the first in the Capitol Riverfront to use an innovative regional stormwater management facility at Canal Park to manage its stormwater requirement. 

Beginning in 2018, DCHA began reaching out to former Capper/Carrollsburg residents to inform them about the Harlow, the most recent opportunity to move back to their former neighborhood. DCHA assisted potential residents through the application process and provided moving assistance to those who chose to make the Harlow their new home.

One of the largest HOPE VI projects in the nation, Capitol Quarter and Capitol Riverfront are 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.

At its completion, more than 1,700 rental and homeownership units, including a one-for-one replacement of the original 707 public housing units, 732,000 square feet of commercial space, including office, and retail space, and a community center, will have been created. DCHA committed to rebuilding the 707 affordable units that were previously part of the now demolished Capper/Carrollsburg development. This growing community now has 473 new homes for low-income families.

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