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DCHFA issues bonds, tax credit equity in $123 million Ward 5 senior community housing project

Washington Construction News staff writer

The District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) says it has closed its first affordable housing investment of FY 2024 with the issuance of $59.6 million in tax exempt bonds and underwrote $44.8 million in federal and $8.8 million in D.C. Low Income Housing Tax Credit equity for the construction of Edgewood Commons V Apartments (435 Edgewood St NE).

Bozzuto Construction Company is the gneeral contractor for the $123 million, nine-story Ward 5 senior community with 151 apartments.

“DCHFA is proud to continue its partnership with Enterprise Community Development in expanding the Edgewood Commons campus and increasing the number of affordable rental  housing units in Ward 5, specifically much needed apartments for seniors,” DCHFA executive director Christopher E. Donald said in a statement.

In August 2023 the agency invested $54.7 million in tax exempt bonds for the rehabilitation of Edgewood 611 and Edgewood Gardens Apartments both of which are components of Edgewood Commons. Financing sources for Edgewood Commons V include a $26.5 million loan from the DC Department of Housing and Community Development’s Housing Production Trust Fund.

The project is intended for senior residents (62 and over) earning less than 50 percent of area median income (AMI)

The units will include universal design features to prevent falls and facilitate aging in place. All units will be fully accessible, and bathrooms will have direct access to bedrooms. In addition to accessible bathrooms, each unit will include pull-cords and grab bars. ECVA will also include a 6,500 sq. ft. adult day care located on the ground floor operated by Easterseals. Easterseals provides daily clinical care, supervision, activities, and curb-to-curb transportation for adults, seniors, and veterans.

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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