DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOUSING AUTHORITY, MAYOR ADRIAN M. FENTY, AND EYA HOST RIBBON CUTTING EVENT FOR CAPITOL QUARTER
Mixed-income community is a national model for sustainable design
Washington, DC – On Wednesday, August 26th, the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA), DC Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, and EYA celebrated the first occupancies at Capitol Quarter during a ribbon cutting ceremony for new townhomes in DC.
Capitol Quarter is a mixed-income, green, smart growth community in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood that is being developed through a public/private partnership among the US Department of Housing and Urban Development , DCHA, the District of Columbia government, Forest City, Urban Atlantic and EYA.
Today, the neighborhood known as Capitol Quarter offers new market-rate townhomes, affordable workforce homes, and public rental apartments, all situated within walking distance of three Metro stations. By providing a variety of housing choices for people of all income levels, Capitol Quarter brings the District’s workers closer to employment and recreation centers, reducing the strain on the city’s roadways and limiting automobile pollution as well.
In addition to the neighborhood’s urban infill location, homes are designed to be environmentally friendly, too. The townhomes at Capitol Quarter achieve Silver LEED for Homes certification through the U.S. Green Building Council and Capitol Quarter is the nation’s largest LEED for Homes certified community.
“Capitol Quarter is a national model for sustainable growth and proves that mixed-income communities are an ideal approach to redeveloping aging public housing stock in urban locations,” says Michael Kelly, DCHA Executive Director. He adds that, “Smart growth also extends to community impact. At Capitol Quarter, DCHA and EYA have committed over 40% of labor contracts for the construction work to local and small businesses. Not only does this contribute to the local economy, but it reduces the daily commute for workers”.
Capitol Quarter is part of Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg Dwellings, known as Arthur Capper, a 23-acre, 707 unit public housing development in Southeast Washington, DC. In 2001, DCHA received a $34.9 million Hope VI grant to redevelop the site into a mixed-income community. The 707 Capper public housing units are to be replaced one-for-one, and added to them will be another 700-plus market-rate and workforce-rate rental and ownership units. There will also be 730,000 sq ft of office space and 50,000 sq ft of retail space.
“EYA believes that we have an obligation to help demonstrate that it is possible to build attractive, first-class, socially responsible communities that incorporate distinctive design, affordability and environmental sustainability,” said Brian Allan Jackson, Senior Vice President, EYA. “We are honored to be working with DCHA, the District government, and our partners Urban Atlantic and Forest City to transform this portion of the City into a vibrant mixed-income community and are thrilled with the tremendous positive impact this development, along with the other components of the Arthur Capper redevelopment, have had and continue to have on the larger community.”
EYA is a smart growth developer, specializing in walkable new townhome communities and mixed-use developments. Since its founding in 1992, the company has built nearly 30 neighborhoods in the Washington Metropolitan area. For more information on the company or its neighborhoods, visit http://www.eya.com/.