DC Housing Authority and City Officials Host Ground Breaking Ceremony to Celebrate New Kentucky Courts Community

DCHA's Newest Mixed-Income Partnership Redevelopment Project

Calls for Townhomes and Flats to Replace Condemned Units



Dec 08, 2003, 00:00 ET from District of Columbia Housing Authority

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael Kelly, executive director of
 the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA), DC Council Member Sharon
 Ambrose (Ward 6), and DCHA Chairman Russell Simmons, today held a ground
 breaking ceremony marking the initial construction of the Kentucky Courts
 community, a mixed income redevelopment project including 38 new townhomes and
 flats located in Capitol Hill East.  The Kentucky Courts community was made
 possible through a partnership with Innovative Development Solutions (IDS),
 the District development firm primarily responsible for the redevelopment
 efforts.  Andy Botticello, President of IDS, was present at the ceremony along
 with members of the media and general public, DCHA staffers and Kentucky Court
 residents.
     "The redevelopment will create a new homeownership community and provide
 quality, affordable rental housing," said Michael Kelly.  "It will also have a
 dramatic positive influence on the surrounding community by increasing
 property values and tax revenues, while opening the door to more positive
 influence in the community."
     Kentucky Courts was a condemned property in the late 1990's due to poor
 site design, serious architectural problems and criminal activity.  As a
 result, residents had to be relocated.  The new Kentucky Courts development
 will be comprised of 18 stacked townhomes, 18 flats and two three-story
 townhomes.  Twelve of those units will be reserved specifically for DCHA's
 public housing program.  The remaining units will be market-priced starting at
 $260,000.
     The new flats will feature two bedrooms and two baths on the first floor
 with the townhomes containing three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths on the
 second and third floors of each structure.  Each home will have individual
 front and rear entrances and off street parking.  Additionally, to meet the
 unique needs of the low-income target population, a comprehensive training
 program is included in the development plan for the community.
     Total reconstruction costs for Kentucky Courts are approximately $7.8
 million, of which DCHA contributed $1.4 million and Riggs Bank provided the
 remainder through conventional funding.
     Currently, work on the foundations is complete and framing activities are
 underway.  The homes on Kentucky Avenue are scheduled to be completed first
 with deliveries beginning in September 2004.  The C street development will
 follow two months later followed by the 14th street development completed four
 months after that.
 
     About the DC Housing Authority
     The District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) is the leading provider
 and manager of safe, affordable and well-maintained housing for people of low
 and moderate income in Washington, DC.  The Authority works closely with
 residents, landlords and the DC government to improve the quality of life in
 the District through better housing and diverse neighborhoods.  In addition to
 providing quality housing, DCHA actively helps its residents grow both
 personally and professionally through a variety of economic development and
 self-sufficiency programs, as well as the facilitation of other supportive
 services.   DCHA, a non-municipal housing authority, is lead by architect
 Michael Kelly, whose commitment to excellent service and management has made
 the DCHA America's model housing authority.  Please visit the DCHA at
 www.dchousing.org.
 
 

SOURCE District of Columbia Housing Authority
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael Kelly, executive director of
 the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA), DC Council Member Sharon
 Ambrose (Ward 6), and DCHA Chairman Russell Simmons, today held a ground
 breaking ceremony marking the initial construction of the Kentucky Courts
 community, a mixed income redevelopment project including 38 new townhomes and
 flats located in Capitol Hill East.  The Kentucky Courts community was made
 possible through a partnership with Innovative Development Solutions (IDS),
 the District development firm primarily responsible for the redevelopment
 efforts.  Andy Botticello, President of IDS, was present at the ceremony along
 with members of the media and general public, DCHA staffers and Kentucky Court
 residents.
     "The redevelopment will create a new homeownership community and provide
 quality, affordable rental housing," said Michael Kelly.  "It will also have a
 dramatic positive influence on the surrounding community by increasing
 property values and tax revenues, while opening the door to more positive
 influence in the community."
     Kentucky Courts was a condemned property in the late 1990's due to poor
 site design, serious architectural problems and criminal activity.  As a
 result, residents had to be relocated.  The new Kentucky Courts development
 will be comprised of 18 stacked townhomes, 18 flats and two three-story
 townhomes.  Twelve of those units will be reserved specifically for DCHA's
 public housing program.  The remaining units will be market-priced starting at
 $260,000.
     The new flats will feature two bedrooms and two baths on the first floor
 with the townhomes containing three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths on the
 second and third floors of each structure.  Each home will have individual
 front and rear entrances and off street parking.  Additionally, to meet the
 unique needs of the low-income target population, a comprehensive training
 program is included in the development plan for the community.
     Total reconstruction costs for Kentucky Courts are approximately $7.8
 million, of which DCHA contributed $1.4 million and Riggs Bank provided the
 remainder through conventional funding.
     Currently, work on the foundations is complete and framing activities are
 underway.  The homes on Kentucky Avenue are scheduled to be completed first
 with deliveries beginning in September 2004.  The C street development will
 follow two months later followed by the 14th street development completed four
 months after that.
 
     About the DC Housing Authority
     The District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) is the leading provider
 and manager of safe, affordable and well-maintained housing for people of low
 and moderate income in Washington, DC.  The Authority works closely with
 residents, landlords and the DC government to improve the quality of life in
 the District through better housing and diverse neighborhoods.  In addition to
 providing quality housing, DCHA actively helps its residents grow both
 personally and professionally through a variety of economic development and
 self-sufficiency programs, as well as the facilitation of other supportive
 services.   DCHA, a non-municipal housing authority, is lead by architect
 Michael Kelly, whose commitment to excellent service and management has made
 the DCHA America's model housing authority.  Please visit the DCHA at
 www.dchousing.org.
 
 SOURCE  District of Columbia Housing Authority