36 Affordable Housing Units Coming to Capitol Riverfront

Mayor Bowser Broke Ground on Square 769N May 2

Mayor Bowser, ANC Commissioner Meredith Fascett (6D07), DCHA, DHCD and more break ground on Square 769N May 2. (Photo: Meredith Fascett)

New affordable housing units are coming to the Capper Square 769N development near the Capitol Riverfront through the DC Housing Authority (DCHA), Mayor Muriel Bowser announced at the groundbreaking May 2. It’s expected to deliver in 2018.

The $74 million development at 1100 Second Place SE will include 36 affordable housing rental units scattered in a total of 179 apartments. Those units will go on the market at no more than 50 percent of the Area Media Income (AMI) for at least 40 years, according to DHCD. Nine of them will offer Permanent Supportive Housing.

Urban Atlantic LLC, Forest City Residential Inc and DCHA partnered on this 10-story residential building, which will also include 4,000 square feet of retail. About $1.8 million of the funds will come from DC’s Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF) and also federal low-income housing tax credits.

As the area transitions, these funds and houses help ensure residents from varying income levels can live in the area, said DHCD Director Polly Donaldson in a statement.

“One of DHCD’s priorities is addressing concerns from residents that it’s hard to produce affordable housing in increasingly popular areas of the city,” Donaldson said.

The project is the sixth phase in the Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg redevelopment for the Capitol Quarter and Capitol Riverfront, which was guaranteed after the City demolished the Capper/Carrollsburg development. At least 438 homes in the community now offer low-income housing options.