Last night, Councilmember Bowser hosted a community meeting at Raymond Recreation Center to discuss the proposal to redevelop the former Hebrew Home for the Aged property, located at 1125 Spring Road. The meeting began at 6 p.m. to a packed house and ran well over its scheduled 90 minutes, ending a fair while after 8 p.m.
The meeting included members of the Department of General Services and the DC Housing Authority. Each made presentations related to the proposed development of the site (each also agreed to post their presentations on the DGS Web site in the next day or two. The site located here: http://dgs.dc.gov/page/1125-spring-road-project).
The City Paper’s Aaron Wiener was among the reporters at the meeting and wrote what I consider to be a good and fair account of the meeting. You can read that article here.
In short, the redeveloped property could have between 160 and 200 units of new housing once completed. The way this breaks down is 75-80 units in the historic structure, and up to 90-120 units in any new construction that replaces the Robeson School on the eastern (10th Street) portion of the property.
Based on the presentations and discussion last night, many aspects of the project still seem to be open for discussion — such as the breakdown of how much and what type of affordable housing to include, how much housing for seniors to include, and even what the final project will look like. That said, it struck me that there was significant support for affordable housing among those who attended the meeting (even if that support was not unanimous).
I will continue to post about this project as information becomes available.