The Avenue at Park Morton Grand Opening on Friday, September 21

Georgia and Newton Pl, NW

From a press release:

The Avenue at Park Morton will celebrate its grand opening with a ceremony and reception on Friday, September, 21 from 12:30pm – 2:30pm. The Avenue is located at 3506 Georgia Avenue, NW.

The Avenue is a new, 83-unit mixed-use community designed as the first phase of the Park Morton New Communities Initiative. A 100% affordable rental building, the Avenue includes a mix of 1 and 2-BR units, amenity spaces such as meeting rooms, lounge, fitness center, underground parking, and ground floor retail. The Avenue is an energy-efficient and sustainably designed development and is targeting certification through the Enterprise Green Communities program.

Remember the Newton Variety Mart and Car Wash? See what it looked like in Feb. 2011 and a heartbreaking reward poster from that time here.

For the record, I think the building looks fantastic. Do you like the way it turned out?

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  • I’m 90% happy with it. What the hell is with the faux wood paneling on the northeast corner, though? Is it 1970?

    • Completely agree. What’s the point of that? Why not just make it brick and paint it different color if they wanted the corner to stand out?

  • I love it. Especially the openess of the lobby. Fantastic!

  • I’m glad to see this finished. What are the other phases of the Park Morton New Communities Initiative, and what kind of timelines do they have?

    • I e-mailed with the project manager from DC Gov earlier this summer. He told me that they should have more information regarding phase 2 later this summer once the housing authority agrees on transaction terms with its development partner.

      But I haven’t heard any news on movement.

  • Any updates on retail? How soon will people be moving, grand opening seems a bit early? This is just a relocation point for those currently in Park Morton or? Curious about this area- (considering buying a row house nearby).

  • This is amazing. Between this and all the retail/restaurants that’s opening in parkview and petworth a few blocks from the metro, I’m thinking it’s time to get a house. ok, well maybe realistically a condo now I think the price-out is already happening? Say what you want about the sub-prime meltdown, but at least loans were getting approved. I’n trying to buy as a grad student and I can’t even get a lender’s letter so RE agents will want to work with me. Sigh.

  • Any news of what retail will be moving in?

  • I think this bad. I would have get private developer put up development without income restrictions in order to get a larger tax bracket in the area. If you wanna afford to live in a city you have to work hard for it you can’t just give hand outs like affordable housing where in a free market you could not actually afford to live there

    • Thank you Romney…this argument is old and lame… If you think the whole point of life is high tax brackets and money you should move to Dallas or perhaps a gated community.

      • Not that I condone the section 8 dead beats that are always lingering around Park Morton but you need a balance.

        • I think if removed income restrictions would help improve the area greatly. If you think about the changes to U street corridor. It wasn’t the existing residents who brought down the value it was the yuppies that made is today. I’m just saying they should do the same thing push the poor and the crime to PGS county

  • Maybe you already know this, but the girl on the heartbreaking reward poster is Ebony Franklin. Her father, Rodney McIntyre – the man who apparently posted the poster, is the one who killed her. He had an incestuous relationship with her for several years, stabbed her to death, and then stuffed her body in a dumpster.

  • I actually think it looks nice and am happy it turned out that way but I’m conflicted given I work my a#% off and can’t afford a building like this but people on welfare get better housing than me? I’m liberal but having trouble stomaching it.

    Side note: Glass work out room on the ground floor facing Georgia Ave, really? who designed that?

    • Just liberal enough that you “feel” for poor people but don’t want to live near them? Do you want a diverse city or just a bunch of rich people?

      This is great for the Park View community. The trouble with Park Morton isn’t totally that a bunch of poor people live there, it’s that its design is very conducive to crimes occuring; blind alleys, poor lighting etc. The people lingering at Park and Ga. aren’t “Section 8 deadbeats”, they’re drug dealers and thugs and the police need to crack down on that open air drug market. Most of the people who live in Park Morton are working as hard as they can to improve their lot in life.

      Just reminds me of the Simpsons line: “Your guilty conscience may make you vote Democratic, but what you really want is a cold-hearted Republican to cut taxes, brutalize criminals and rule you like a king” -Sideshow Bob

      • you didn’t read what he wrote.

        • I did read it and the implication was that poor people don’t work as hard as the commenter and therefore don’t deserve a nice, safe place to live in the city. A city, in which, probably most of the renters have lived for a very long time. I’ve only lived in the neighborhood for a couple of years, so I’m one of those new people pushing up housing prices in the area, but I also want it to be a vibrant, diverse and safe neighborhood with opportunities for many different people.

          And as said below, affordable housing != welfare recipient. In DC, it means the guy working at the deli or the gas station or the woman who cleans the office can afford to live in the area where they work.

    • Can we please dispel once and for all the tired misconception that “affordable housing” = “people on welfare”? (Likewise with Section 8, which is frequently disparaged elsewhere on this blog.) Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to argue that every individual who lives in an affordable unit or receives a Section 8 voucher is a saint. But nor does rental assistance automatically mean that someone is a non-working, crime-committing welfare queen. The reality is that affordable housing units are typically rented and priced based on percentage of area median income (with thresholds usually at 30%, 50%, or 80% AMI). Because greater Washington, DC has a number of high earners, our region has a relatively high AMI (and high housing costs to go along with that). For 1 person: “extremely low income”/30% AMI is $22,600 or less; “very low income”/50% AMI is $37,650/year or less; and “low income”/80% AMI is $49,200 a year. There are PLENTY of DC residents in a number of sectors–for example, retail, food service, health care, even government and nonprofits–who are likely working just as hard as the rest of us, but by virture of the pay scale in their jobs are making less than $49K, $37K, or $22K a year.

      • ronald reagan duped so many people.

      • Well said.

        it won’t matter, but thanks for taking the time to type it up.

      • I don’t disagree with you. The problem with your argument though is that it asks people to pretend to not know what they do and that’s that public and perhaps subsidized housing is a source of a significant amount of crime. If you want proof, look at the experience of Chicago, which tore down its public housing because it was so terrible, including crime wise. The tearing down resulted in a rise in crime in the locations where the former tenants moved to, namely smaller cities. I know that subsidized is not the same as public, but part of the problem with blindly supporting public housing is that it turns people off on subsidized housing.

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