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Condos destination for first timers

Published: Thursday, January 10, 2002

Updated: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 11:06

District resident Arthur Livingston remembers the death of his nephew, Jermaine Kornagay. "In 1992, my nephew was shot and killed right there by a guy I went to school with," said Livingston, as he pointed to an alley way between the Rittenhouse Homes located at 1000 and 1008 Rittenhouse Street in Northwest DC.

At that time the alleyway, along with the surrounding apartment buildings within that neighborhood, used to be crime and drug infested.

"Those buildings used to be crack houses," said Mathew Mills, an owner of Sam's News Stand, opposite of the Rittenhouse Homes.

"Years ago, it was a ran-shack place," said DC resident Andrew Hill. "[People] didn't care [about the neighborhood.]"

Now, the neighborhood is no longer the same. The sidewalks are clean, and the nearby park area is spotless. There aren't beer bottles or drug syringes on the ground.

"It's a relatively stable neighborhood," said Bill Hague, the Development Director of the People's Involvement Corp., one of DC's many community development organizations that help in revitalizing targeted communities.

To enhance the neighborhood further, the People's Involvement Corp., along with the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), have renovated two vacant and dumped buildings with 23 apartments and turned them into 17 new condominiums.

These condominiums were designed to revitalize the community and to improve the status of low income home ownerships.

"Georgia Avenue is one of the main streets [of D.C.], and it needed new housing to highlight how great the district is," said Council member Adrian Fenty, who was a key contributor in the completion of this project.
These 17 condominiums include six apartment style units and 11 duplex style condominiums in the two buildings. They are located at 1000 and 1008 Rittenhouse Street, on the Southwest corner of Georgia Avenue.

These buildings' renovations include new wall structuring which enlarge the condominiums. They are spacious, with wall to wall carpeting, and some include washers and dryers.

The one to four bedroom condominiums are priced from $70,000 to $160,000, and they are the first new housing projects on Georgia Avenue in two decades.

These condominiums are for first time home owners. In order to have purchased these new homes, these homeowners had to satisfy income requirements.

"Their income [had to be] at or below 80 percent of the median income of the District, Northern Virginia, and Southern Maryland," said Hague.

Family size was another component. The size of the family determined the size of the apartments that the home owners received.

The condominiums have been well received and they are in high demand. So many people sought after the apartments that the 17 condos could have been sold twice said Hague.

The funding for these new homes was provided by SunTrust Bank and the DHCD.

SunTrust Bank provided one

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