Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Communications Action Network 2013 Parade Of Homes: Saturday May 18th

The Communications Action Network is a promotional organization for affordable housing communities and issues in the Washington DC Metropolitan region, with funding from the United Way of the National Capital Area. This year CAN is sponsoring what they hope will be the first edition of an annual tour of various affordable housing communities in the area.

The Parade of Homes is Saturday, May 18th, from 11 am to 3 pm and 17 communities will be on the tour, with open houses.  Some of the properties will also be providing a formal presentation at some point during the open house.  Contact individual properties for more info.  Here's the list:

Washington, DC

Bedford Falls
350-360 50th Street SE, Washington, D.C.
By: SOME, Inc.
Employment development and personal growth are the foundation of Bedford Falls, which provides affordable housing for 76 low-income residents in 40 single private rooms and 36 efficiencies.

The Overlook at Oxon Run
3700 9th Street SE, Washington, D.C.
By: Community Preservation and Development Corporation
This intergenerational high-rise apartment community provides more than 300 affordable homes to families and seniors. Focusing on health and wellness, The Overlook at Oxon Run connects residents to fresh foods and programs designed to encourage healthy habits.

Bexhill Condominium
1840-1849 Kendall Street & 1920-1927 Capital Avenue NE, Washington, D.C.
By: Manna, Inc.
This demonstration project was designed to revitalize its neighborhood through affordable homeownership with the creation of 20 condominium homes. Not only is the neighborhood enhanced aesthetically, but the new construction is also serving as a catalyst for more revitalization.

1868 Corcoran Street NE, Washington, D.C.
By: Mi Casa
This Ivy City single-family home is part of a neighborhood-wide redevelopment project spearheaded by the DC Department of Housing and Community Development in northeast DC. It is one of seven new single-family homes that Mi Casa completed in Ivy City to serve first-time homeowners in DC earning below 80 percent of area median income.

The Selma Apartments
21 Kennedy Street NW, Washington, D.C.
By: Mi Casa
The Selma Apartments are brightening the future of young adults in DC’s Brightwood neighborhood. With independent living programs designed for 18- to 24-year olds, this 20-unit affordable community gives the residents and their young families access to a wide range of counseling, parenting skills and employment readiness programs.

1415 Girard Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
By: CityFirst Homes
An affordable 20-unit cooperative, 1415 Girard Street helps low-income residents keep costs down through green technologies and easy access to public transportation. It also provides residents the opportunity to participate in wealth creation by sharing a portion of the appreciation of the unit at the time of resale.


Montgomery County

Dring’s Reach
3407 Robey Terrace, Silver Spring, Md
By: Montgomery Housing Partnership
Conveniently located in Silver Spring, Dring’s Reach is a garden-style apartment community with amenities that can keep residents fit and comfortable. A mixed-income property, half of the 105 homes are available at below-market rents, and several are ADA-accessible.

Victory Oaks
721 Beacon Road, Silver Spring, Md
By: Victory Housing
Very-low-income seniors now have affordable apartments to rent at newly constructed Victory Oaks in Silver Spring. The community provides a 49-unit supportive, intergenerational environment for active individuals 62 and over with incomes at or below 50% of the area median income.

Prince George’s County

Renaissance Square Artists’ Housing
4307 Jefferson Street, Hyattsville, Md.
By: Housing Initiative Partnership
The Gateway Arts District is home to this unique low-income artists’ community. Green and affordable, Renaissance Square provides 44 dynamic apartments and ample space to practice music, dance, and other creative endeavors while also providing residents with income support and assistance when life challenges threaten financial stability.



The Station at Potomac Yard
650 Maskell Street, Alexandria, Va.
By: Alexandria Housing Development Corporation
The Station at Potomac Yard, cited for its unique approach to meeting multiple community needs, sits on a former rail yard in Alexandria. The project’s innovative mixed-use design combining a much needed fire station, 64 units of affordable and workforce rental housing, underground parking, and commercial space, maximizes the use of land in an urban environment. Residents enjoy sustainable living near public transportation, jobs and services. A rooftop terrace features a container garden growing fresh produce for the local food bank.


Buchanan Gardens Apartments
926 S. Buchanan Street, Arlington, Va.
By: Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
Buchanan Gardens, an EarthCraft Virginia community, provides 111 affordable rental homes to the residents of Arlington. Buchanan Gardens has on-site afterschool programs and bilingual resident services among other supportive housing programs. The newly renovated community also uses energy- and water-efficiency technologies to help residents lower their utility usage.

Colonial Village Apartment Community
2101 18th Street N, Arlington, Va.
By: Wesley Housing Development Corporation
Winding pathways, mature trees, brick buildings, and broad expanses of lawn give this 162-unit community for low- and moderate-income households a small town feel. Only one block from the Courthouse Metro stop, the recently renovated apartments include Earthcraft energy efficient upgrades, 17 ADA-accessible units, and 14 new 3-bedroom, family-sized rentals. The newly opened Community Resource Center offers vital resident services for adults and children.

Parc Rosslyn
1531 N. Pierce Street, Arlington, Va.
By: Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
Parc Rosslyn is the first LEED Silver certified multifamily building in Northern Virginia. Of the 238 rental apartments, nearly 100 of the homes in this mixed-income community are homes to families in need of affordable housing. Strategically located in the Rosslyn-Ballston metro corridor, Parc Rosslyn not only provides a beautiful living environment for residents, but also a direct transportation connection to employment opportunities in the metropolitan area.

vPoint Apartments
1210 North Highland Street, Arlington, Va.
By: Views at Clarendon Corporation
Close to the Clarendon Metro Station, vPoint Apartments is a mixed-income community built on property that also encompasses the Church of Clarendon. With an eye to sustainability, the church’s vision and strategic partnerships have resulted in 116 much needed LEED Gold-certified homes (46 market rate and 70 affordable) for families and individuals in Arlington.

Fairfax County

Stony Brook Apartments
3426 Buckman Road, Alexandria, Va.
By: Community Preservation and Development Corporation
At Stony Book Apartments in south Alexandria, residents find newly green affordable housing and Project LEAP (Listen, Empower, Advance, and Performance), a unique residential services program that encompasses such needed skills trainings as English for Speakers of Other Languages, money management and employment skills. A new community center features a green roof and provides critical programs for the largely immigrant population.

Strawbridge Square
5128 Lincoln Avenue, Alexandria, Va.
By: Wesley Housing Development Corporation
Kids thrive at Strawbridge Square, where the onsite Community Resource Center helps children succeed with after-school programs that include homework help and access to computers. With its high percentage of three- and four-bedroom units and residents living below 60% of AMI, this community includes 128 townhouses and garden apartments that were renovated in 2010. The Center also offers housing stabilization and supportive services to the diverse community.

The Fields of Falls Church
912 Ellison Street, Falls Church, Va.
By: Kettler
Mature trees and a quiet neighborhood surround the nearly 100 affordable homes for very-low, low- and moderate-income families, seniors and single individuals near the center of Falls Church. Close to schools, transportation and amenities, The Fields is home to service industry staff, administrative personnel, sanitation workers, social workers, nurses and public service staff such as police and firemen.

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