ANCs Recommend Victory Housing as Top Pick for Hebrew Home Development

(Early rendering showing one potential design by Victory Housing.)

On July 12, at separate meetings, both Advisory Neighborhood Commissions 4C and 1A recommended Victory Housing & Brinshore Development as their primary choice for the development team to redevelop the former Hebrew Home property at 1125 Spring Road into a mixed income/multi-generational community. The two Commissions differed on their second choices.

Both Commissions felt that the Victory Housing proposal “meets the shared community priority of providing 88 units of dedicated, affordable senior housing in the former Hebrew Home. It also provides the largest number of affordable, family-sized units of any of the proposals as well with 29 three-bedroom rental units. In addition, it proposes home ownership opportunities along Spring Road NW. It also provides 75 underground parking spaces, with approximately 1.8 parking spaces for each 3 units of non-senior housing.”

The Commissions’ recommendations will be sent to the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), where the final decision on selecting a development team will be determined.

The Commissions differed on their second choices. ANC4C’s second choice was the NHP Foundation, Fivesquares Development, and Warrenton Group. ANC 1A’s second choice, on the other hand, was the Bozzuto Homes proposal. ANC 1A further selected the Mission First proposal as its third choice. (read ANC 1A resolution at goo.gl/RChVH3 ).

DMPED is expected to select a development team prior to the July 27, 2017 public meeting scheduled to present the District’s intent to declare the Hebrew Home surplus. The meeting’s purpose is to receive comments on the proposed designation of 1125 Spring Road, NW, as surplus property. The surplus meeting is held in order to receive feedback from the community on the District’s finding that the property is no longer required for public purposes. Comments collected at the public meeting will be submitted to the Council of the District of Columbia for its review.

The date, time, and location of the surplus meeting is below:

Date: Thursday, July 27, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Location: Raymond Recreation Center
3725 10th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010

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17 Comments on “ANCs Recommend Victory Housing as Top Pick for Hebrew Home Development”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    You’ve betrayed the majority of your constituents you were elected to represent by allowing housing lobbyists and activists to push out residents in this process. And now it comes out that these very same lobbyists have a financial stake in the Victory development? How much money was exchanged? They only care about profit — not seniors. And they want to use tax payer dollars to do it.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Can you further elaborate on the lobbyists/activists having a financial stake in the Victory proposal? That would be a highly troubling development in this process. Do you have a link you can share?

      • José Vicar Says:

        2nd the request for public information regarding any allegation of activists groups and the selected/recommended contractor. If true, that’s important (and sad). However in this world where allegations seem to trump reality, I would highly discourage making or repeating claims like this without good data to support those claims.

    • Gentrify-u Says:

      This is bad. Not only poor, but now old poor. Can’t wait for all the loitering in wheel chairs and panhandling

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Sounds like a bitter NIMBY… as a homeowner a couple blocks from the site, I support ANC 4C’s rec.

    I’m also interested in seeing a citation for this financial stake claim.

    • José Vicar Says:

      What part is NIMBY? The local petition of over 100 people in a 2-block radius specifically supported affordable housing. Everyone supports affordable housing, Not everyone supports a 6-story 2-block building filled with tiny 1br and efficiency apartments when there are families and seniors that need housing (and parking).

      • Anonymous Says:

        Sorry for any confusion; I had intended to reply directly to the first poster.

        From the OP, the Victory proposal provides “dedicated, affordable senior housing” and “provides the largest number of affordable, family-sized units of any of the proposals.” That’s why I wrote that I support the ANC 4C recommendation. My understanding is that the more

      • Anonymous Says:

        Bozzutto actually has the most senior affordable housing of all the developments.

  3. JS Says:

    Wow, is that entryway ugly. Let’s hope that if this proposal winds up being built, the architect re-thinks the corner of 10th & Spring.

    • Anonymous Says:

      UrbanMatters Development gave $500,000 to the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN). WIN and UrbanMatters both are invested in the Mission First proposal. It’s not hard to connect the dots. WIN, the umbrella group who has been passing petitions and organizes all the people to attend the public hearings, sent out an email last week that states in small print:

      *Please note WIN is a part owner of UrbanMatters, an affordable housing developer, who is participating in the Mission First, UrbanMatters Development, and Lock7 Development proposal.

      • José Vicar Says:

        Is there proof of this? I didn’t receive that flyer/mail/email and don’t know how to verify the allegation that JUFJ and/or interfaith was part of or financially linked with misison first / urbanmatters proposal.

        Can you provide an internet link showing this?

      • Anonymous Says:

        I can email you a copy. The ANCs were both made aware, but chose to ignore it.

      • José Vicar Says:

        I appreciate the offer to email a copy to me. I’d rather have the information public-posted if at all possible. This would explain how and why these 20somethings from out of the area have been smothering the anc and raymond rec center meetings for years. If it can be proven in public, then the public should know and see who these advocates really are. I admit I “want this to be true,” and they kinda reeked of “astroturf” advocacy – but I have to remain skeptical until a proof can be shown to a wide audience.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Homeowners in both ANCs overwhelmingly support Bozzutto. However, the people who rent supported Victory and Mission First. We’ll see which group votes in higher numbers in the next election. The people renting may have moved by then. The ANC bamboozled the neighborhood.

  5. Cliff Says:

    I am somewhat disappointed in this result. The idea that ANC1A would consider the Warrenton Group as a viable second choice is concerning. They have been the cause of the Park Morton mess, and their project at Georgia Avenue and Princeton Place has been stalled for 2 years now. Its also disappointing that the main plan they chose was not more balanced toward sustainable economic diversity formulas.

    • Anon Says:

      Victory Housing has never done a development in DC nor anywhere outside the Midwest. Does that give you any more confidence??? Not me!

      • Anon Says:

        They have four recent developments in DC including the large Senior Housing building at 14th and Irving. Even a quick read of their proposal will show you that information.


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