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Lincoln Heights Richardson Dwellings

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As part of the city's New Communities Initiative, the District of Columbia is working with existing residents to transform the Lincoln Heights/Richardson Dwellings public housing development into vibrant, healthy, mixed-income, mixed-use neighborhood.

Narrative Description

The District, in collaboration with the residents of the Lincoln Heights and Richardson Dwellings neighborhood, initiated a process to plan for and implement the revitalization of the DC Housing Authority’s property and the surrounding Deanwood neighborhood in Ward 7. In late 2006, the DC Council adopted the The Lincoln Heights/Richardson Dwellings New Community Revitalization Plan*.
Consistent with the New Communities Initiative, the goal of this effort is to transform the public housing developments and the neighborhood into a mixed-income, mixed-use community. In this New Community, occupants of the existing public housing developments, along with new residents in the community, will have access to high quality housing options affordable at all income levels. Existing public housing residents will also have access to a Human Capital program that will provide the human services necessary to help prepare them to take advantage of the new economic opportunities and changes that are coming their way.

East Capitol Street to the south, Hayes Street and Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue to the north

Next Steps

  • Several off-site housing projects currently in various stages of development

Development Program

  • Market Rate Residential Units: 536
  • Affordable Residential Units: 1, 073
  • Office (GSF): 58,000
  • Retail (GSF): 144, 244
  • Cultural Space: Riverside Center, a redeveloped Strand Theater
  • Parks/Open Space: Marvin Gaye Park
  • Development Cost: $576 million

Community Benefits

  • A new HD Woodson High School
  • Street improvements to Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue
  • Improvements to the Riverside Center in Marvin Gaye Park

Economic Opportunities

  • Redevelopment of the Strand Theater
  • New Communities off-site housing developments

Environmental Sustainability

  • $10 million in Improvements to Marvin Gaye Park - trees, walkway, lighting, streambed, etc. (underway)