The New Ward 8
A lot has been made about Mayor Adrian Fenty's consistent appearances in Ward 8, the city's poorest ward that has long been clamoring for the kind of economic development that has swept through much of the rest of the District over the past half dozen years. Some say Fenty is merely grandstanding, while his aides say the mayor is committed to spreading prosperity east of the Anacostia River.
This morning, Fenty (D) joined D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and D.C. Housing Authority Director Michael P. Kelly at the corner of Sheridan Road and Stanton Road SE to announce a $20 million Hope VI federal grant to build 336 new housing units at the site of the old Sheridan Terrace, a public housing complex that was demolished in 1997.
The old complex was in deplorable condition when the city decided to relocate tenants and bulldoze it. Now, officials said they expect to break ground by fall 2009 on the new project, which will be built by William C. Smith Co. It will include 180 townhouses, 56 manor houses and 100 apartments for seniors and families. Residents who had been kicked out of Sheridan Terrace will have priority in moving back in, said Dena Michaelson, a spokeswoman for the housing authority who added that 77 families are interested in returning. The project could be completed by 2011, officials said.
Chris Smith, the developer, pledged to build architecturally pleasing buildings that will be seen by motorists passing by on busy Suitland Parkway in and out of Maryland. The project is also important because the new housing units will provide temporary relocation for residents of Barry Farm, a nearby housing project that the city is redeveloping into mixed income residences.
David A Nakamura
March 25, 2008; 12:11 PM ET
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