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DCHFA approves financing for $33.7 million DC Ward 4 redevelopment

The District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) says it has approved financing for a $33.7 million affordable housing project in the district’s Ward 4.

Lock 7 Development will lead the $33.7 million redevelopment that will include the demolition of 3 two-story apartment buildings with 13 apartments currently on the site at 7428 Georgia Ave. NW.

The agency says in a July 11 statement that it issued issued $16.3 million in tax exempt bonds and underwrote $1.8 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credits for the construction of 66 new affordable apartments,

“Every deal that the Agency closes creates more affordable housing for District residents and brings us closer to meeting Mayor Bowser’s goal of developing 12,000 new affordable units by 2025,” DCHFA executive director Christopher E. Donald said in the statement.

“As a Ward 4 resident, the development of Shepherd Park Apartments is of special interest to me and I look forward to watching the construction of this new community.”

Additional financing for Shepherd Park Apartments will be provided in the form of an $11.7 million loan from the DC Department of Housing and Community Development’s Housing Production Trust Fund.

The residents of Shepherd Park Apartments (7428-7434 Georgia Avenue Tenants Association) exercised their rights under the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) to obtain the property.

The tenants selected Lock 7, with an agreement including a relocation and return plan for the current tenants. All the tenants have successfully been relocated at this time.

Lock 7 intends to replace the existing buildings with a new 66-unit building which will not only preserve 13 affordable apartments at this location but produce 53 new affordable units.

The new Shepherd Park Apartments will consist of 10 efficiencies, 34 one-bedroom, 2 two-bedroom units, and 20 three-bedroom apartments reserved for residents earning 30-60 percent of area median income. Thirteen of the building’s units will be designated Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH). The new development will also have two market rate two-bedroom units.

Property amenities at Shepherd Park Apartments will include a green roof, bike storage, along with a club and fitness rooms. The development will also include a 92 sq. ft. office space for the on-site PSH service provider, Community Connections, and will be equipped with a 24-hour monitoring/call system.

Planned amenities for the apartments are energy efficient washers and dryers, electric ranges, microwaves, and dishwashers. Shepherd Parks Apartments will be located just north of The Parks at Walter Reed redevelopment, which will further add to the neighborhood’s amenities upon completion.

Through its Multifamily Lending and Neighborhood Investment and Capital Markets divisions, DCHFA issues tax-exempt mortgage revenue bonds to lower the developers’ costs of acquiring, constructing and rehabilitating rental housing. The agency offers private for-profit and non-profit developers low-cost predevelopment, construction and permanent financing that supports the new construction, acquisition, and rehabilitation of affordable rental housing in the District.

Mark Buckshon
Mark Buckshonhttps://washingtonconstructionnews.com
Mark Buckshon is the publisher and interim editor of Washington Construction News. He is also president of the Construction News and Report Group of Companies. He combines a journalism and business background, and has published construction trade publications for more than 30 years, after an earlier career in journalism, which culminated when he lived through the transition from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe in 1978-80 as a sub-editor for the Bulawayo Chronicle and a correspondent for a Canadian news service.

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