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From the University of Maryland Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development:
The Fall 2019 Capstone kicked off on Friday night, December 13th, with five dual degree students (MRED + M.ARCH) presenting their projects to a panel of industry experts. Judges included Malcolm Haith, Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners, Goyer Roberts, The Duffie Companies and Timur Ryspekov, Telesis Corporation. Taking top prize was Casey Huntington with her project, 1600 Nexus, a mixed-use, mixed-income development in the Point Breeze neighborhood of South Philadelphia. 1600 Nexus is an example of equitable development for a low-income community facing gentrification. Runner-up honors went to Adan Ramos for Poppleton Place, a mixed-use project in Southwest Baltimore that included residential and retail utilizing grant funding for public housing redevelopment and Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) conversion of public housing to project-based Section 8. Thanks to Jessica Jones for mentoring the students.
On Saturday, December 14th, the competition continued with 9 students presenting their final capstone projects. Judges included Barbara Kelly, Citibank, John Lin, CapStar Commercial Realty, Derek McDaniels, Efficient Home, Paul Rowe, E2 Property Investments, LLC and Jason Zell, JM Zell Partners, LTD. Congratulations to first place winner Scott Glickman for his project, Preserve at Piney Hill, a planned neighborhood on the Eastern Shore of Maryland! Xingchen Liu was awarded second place for Park View at Landover, a mixed-use development in Landover, MD. Elsa Escobar Pedrin took third place for The Mall at Landover, a residential and retail development in Landover, MD. Honorable mention went to Rahul Chawla for Landover Medical Park, a mixed-use project containing a medical center and retail, also in Landover, MD. Thank you to the professionals who gave their valuable time and expertise as student mentors, Seydina Fall and Robert Rauch. Additionally, thank you to the architects for designing the posters and project graphics including: Jack Devilbliss, Nicole Hinkle, David Ensor, Mike Fischer, Alla Elmahadi ’18, Paul Rogers and Rachael Whiting. Lastly, a special thank you to our alums and poster judges, Catherine Ryckman ’18 and Mithila Mattoo ’18.
Congratulations to all the students that presented their projects: Richard Bedrick, University Park at Landover, Landover, MD; Andrea De Carlo, Hoboken Exchange, Hoboken, NJ; Dennis Holste,The Park @ Glenarden, Landover, MD; Kyle Huck, Nanticoke Landing, Eastern Shore, MD; Andrea Nichols, Schuylkill Place, Philadelphia, PA; Tachit Pultunya, LakeYard, Eastern Shore, MD; Akiel Pyant, The Pavilion at EastLake, Eastern Shore, MD; and Bradley Robertson, Landover Square, Landover, MD.
Walter Webdale and three fellow leaders were inducted into the Affordable Housing Hall of Fame at last week’s AHF Live in Chicago. For the past 20 years, Walter has served as the President and CEO of AHC, a nonprofit that provides affordable housing throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, and longtime HAND member. He has helped to grow the organization’s affordable multifamily portfolio from 1,600 units to 8,000 at nearly 60 properties today. Prior to AHC, he served as the first director of the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development in Virginia.
Other trailblazers honored at the conference include:
Congratulations to Walter and all of the honorees! You can read more details from AHF’s story here.
On November 17, Arlington Presbyterian Church (APC) celebrated their homecoming, returning to their former site opening a new worship, office and multi-use space on the ground-floor of Gilliam Place, a 173-unit affordable housing community developed by the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) along Columbia Pike. The project includes eleven barrier-free units for persons with disabilities and approximately 8,500 sq. ft. of ground floor space that will include a new home for Arlington Presbyterian Church as well as expanded facilities for La Cocina VA, a bilingual culinary training program for low-income individuals. La Cocina, which will begin its construction later this year, will also provide kitchen space and training for entrepreneurs and a community café.
The press release reads: “APC’s move back to their former property where they worshipped for over a century, completes an 8-year journey for their congregation in discerning new ways they might be called to be church in the community. After their bold decision to sell their existing church building and property to APAH for the development of affordable housing in 2014, the congregation returned to lease a portion of the ground-floor retail space from APAH in the completed building. ‘APC’s new worship space is a communal, Spirit-filled gathering area that invites participation, creativity, and equality for the sake of South Arlington,’ said Pastor Ashley Goff. The brand-new multi-use building is named in honor of Ronda A. Gilliam, APC’s first African-American elder, a community leader and clothing ministry founder.”
Financing was provided by Enterprise Community Partners Faith Based Development Initiative, Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA), Arlington County and the Virginia Housing Trust Fund. Additional partners on Gilliam Place include: Capital One, KGD Architects and Donohoe Construction Company.
Congratulations to APC, APAH and all partners!
To read more details, check out media coverage here.
An Enterprise press release issued last week announced a $5 million, three-year commitment to help expand access to economic opportunity for local residents and small business owners along the 16-mile Purple Line light rail corridor in the Greater Washington region. It reads:
The Purple Line project in Maryland’s Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties will provide more efficient transit and spark redevelopment around its 21 stations. As part of the JPMorgan Chase’s $25 million, five-year commitment to the Greater Washington region, from Northern Virginia to Baltimore, this new investment will create and preserve affordable housing and support small businesses along the transportation corridor.
Specifically, it will allow community organizations Enterprise Community Partners, the National Housing Trust and Latino Economic Development Center, with support provided by Enterprise Community Loan Fund, to provide targeted loan capital and resources for projects related to high-quality affordable housing and small business expansion. With this investment, the collaborative, called Purple Line Equitable Transit-Oriented Development, seeks to:
HAND congratulates all of our members and partners involved! Read the full press release here.
On August 28, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Ward 7 Councilmember Vincent Gray, and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) broke ground on two 100% affordable housing communities, Providence Place and the Strand Residences, which will deliver 179 affordable units in the Deanwood neighborhood of Ward 7 through the New Communities Initiative (NCI).
“After years of delays on these projects, Mayor Bowser charged us with making sure that we delivered for the residents of Ward 7, ” said Interim Deputy Mayor Planning and Economic Development John Falcicchio. “Thanks to the commitment and hard work of District agencies, the community and our development partners, we are realizing the future for this historic Deanwood community.”
Providence Place is a 93-unit community with a mix of family-size apartments located at 601 50thStreet, NE on the campus of the historic Progressive National Baptist Convention headquarters. The Strand Residences, located at 5119 Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, NE, next to the historic local landmark, the Strand Theater, will include 86 one- and two-bedroom affordable apartments and first floor retail space for a neighborhood non-profit and a community-based retailer.
Both properties include units prioritized for residents from Lincoln Heights and Richardson Dwellings – 35 units at Providence Place and 28 at the Strand Residences reserved for households at less than 30% median family income (MFI), or approximately $35,150 for a family of four. The remaining units at both properties, 116 units total, will be made available to other households earning up to 60% MFI, or approximately $70,320 for a family of four.
Providence Place and Strand Residences were made possible through a collaboration of District government agencies including DMPED, the DC Housing Finance Agency, and the DC Housing Authority. Development partners for Providence Place include Urban Matters and Atlantic|Pacific Communities with the Progressive National Baptist Convention. Developers for the Strand Residences are NHP Foundation, The Warrenton Group, and the Washington Metropolitan CDC. Congratulations to all involved!
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