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Urban Matters, Mission First and Mt. Lebanon to Redevelop M.M. Washington

March 17, 2010 by  

Mayor Adrian Fenty has announced just this week the winning group to redevelop M.M. Washington Career High School and turn it into about 80 units of affordable housing for senior citizens: Urban Matters, Mission First Development, Mt. Lebanon Community Development Corporation and Square 134 Architects.

Urban Matters was also part of a team chosen by Mayor Fenty in September 2009 to  build 56 affordable housing units at Dix Street and Eastern Avenue NE. The council approved a land deal for Urban Matters along with its partners, Denning Development and Beulah Community Improvement, in October.

Pastor Edmunds of Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church said the project will require between $6 and $8 million in low-income housing tax credits. Edmunds and the development team estimate a mid-2001 ground breaking and a late 2012 completion date. They expect to start construction later this year.

The group will also work closely with the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN), an association of local churches. Mayor Fenty describes WIN as a “full-fledged community partner and developer.”

In addition to housing for seniors, the plan also calls for a 15,000 square feet of community space. In a press release on Monday, Mayor Fenty said the project is “a great example of how we are using our excess government-owned properties back into productive use and meeting the needs of our seniors at the same time.”

The Cultural Development Corporation (CuDC) also submitted a proposal, which would have brought a mixed-use office and artists’ studios to the neighborhood, but apparently lost the bid.

Anne Corbett, Executive Director for CuDC, was skeptical about a proposal which requires so much in financing that is unavailable. Corbett worries that this plan will require a significant amount of public money. She said the arts project required only an initial seed contribution from the government but won’t need an “ongoing public subsidy.”

photo credit: WILL1955

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