St. Elizabeths East

Info & Address

1100 Alabama Avenue, SE ,
Washington, DC 20032

Details

Project announced: November 2016

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Description & Amenities

The rehabilitation for the CT Campus was borne out of a vision created and captured by the neighborhood, the District, the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation, Flaherty & Collins Properties, and RedBrick, LLC. The Anacostia Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) and Flaherty & Collins Properties (F&C) formed a working partnership in 2014 in order to help the Anacostia and East-of-the-River neighborhoods realize revitalization goals, with the goal of building AEDC’s internal capacity to further drive community development efforts in their community.

The vision for Phase 1 of the St. Elizabeths East Campus redevelopment begins with the adaptive reuse of the historic CT Campus buildings, which will be rehabilitated into quality affordable housing for all of District’s qualified residents, from seniors to families. The development will offer larger units that cater to family needs, and will provide opportunities for local entrepreneurs to offer services to the residents and be a part of the neighborhood revitalization.

DMPED chose a Master Developer for the redevelopment of a portion of the St. Elizabeths East campus in 2015: RedBrick, LLC. The planned redevelopment for the Campus includes adaptively reusing the CT Campus buildings into affordable and market rate housing, townhomes that will provide homeownership opportunities, and office and retail space adjacent to the Congress Heights Metro station. At 183 acres, St. Elizabeths East is the largest remaining undeveloped parcel in the District of Columbia. The AEDC/F&C housing project, as a part of Phase A for the East Campus’s redevelopment, will be part of a larger vision for the St. Elizabeths East campus as a holistic community revitalization effort, combining business, research, higher education, a 5,000 seat sports arena, and residential uses in a collaborative environment.

The team plans to develop 252 units of mixed-income rental housing at the CT Campus. A significant portion of these units will be designated to households at no more than 50% of the Area Median Income.

The CT Campus redevelopment at St. Elizabeths East will be developed in accordance with the St. Elizabeths East Master Plan and Design Guidelines, and will include affordable and market rate housing units, as well as supportive service and community spaces. The vision for the CT Campus is to preserve the history of the campus while providing much needed housing for the surrounding community. This campus holds a rich history for the neighborhood; retaining these buildings respects this history while also conforming to the goals set forth in the Campus Master Plan. The buildings will be rehabilitated using historic tax credits. Adaptive reuse projects that include historically appropriate rehabilitation can be costly, however the tangible history that will be retained as a result is an important community and City win. The CT Campus housing will leverage the affordable housing, programming and community assets it’s creating to mitigate risk for market developers to further improve the Campus and the surrounding neighborhood.

The AEDC/F&C housing development will be made up of the seven historic buildings on CT Campus, all of which are currently vacant. The seven buildings are interconnected and are situated in an oval pattern, with one central building surrounded by the remaining six.

The team plans to develop 252 units of mixed-income rental housing at the CT Campus. A significant portion of these units will be designated to households at no more than 50% of the Area Median Income.

This housing will be a catalyst for clean and safe housing in the East of the River and Anacostia neighborhoods, and will provide critical population density for the St. Elizabeths East Campus’s early success. The project’s income mix will attract an array of DC’s citizens to the campus for living, working, and community building. Sustainability and building a mixed-use community are also at the core of the redevelopment goals for the campus. Creating a tangible sense of place can be tough, however with the redevelopment strategy that saves the historic fabric and respects the existing neighborhood, this redevelopment effort will activate the St. Elizabeths East Campus and invigorate the surrounding neighborhood.
Services will be provided for the 13 permanent supportive housing units by Community Connections. Services for the overall development will be provided in the campus common areas located the lower level of the center building, and will include education-based activities, wellness programs offered through the campus swimming pool and fitness center, arts and cultural activities, and other services targeted toward the community. The total project costs are $99,276,332.

Sources for the project include Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits, TE Bonds, Deferred Fee, Seller Financing, and DC DHCD funds.

For more information: Mayor Bowser Releases DC Housing Preservation Strike Force Report