Another modern apartment building just opened in “North Shaw,” but this one’s entirely dedicated to affordable housing.
Named for late civil rights leader and congressional candidate Channing E. Phillips, an eight-story building with 56 units located above the Shaw Metro station and across from the neighborhood’s library had its grand opening at 1730 Seventh St. NW Wednesday. The apartments are set aside for residents earning up to 60 percent of the area median income (or roughly $65,000 for a family of four). Half of the units are one-bedrooms, roughly 40 percent are two-bedrooms, and the rest are three-bedrooms. The ground floor of the building contains 3,100 square feet for retail.
The affordable housing development is attached to a newly renovated 10-story building that was built in 1970 and features 108 units. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ and Lincoln Congregational UCC collaborated to refurbish the building for $2 million. It also has affordable units, with more than 80 receiving government subsidies.
The District provided $18 million to fund the new building. Mayor Muriel Bowser has recently promoted her administration’s investments in affordable housing projects, with more than $100 million from the Housing Production Trust Fund given in loans last fiscal year.
Phillips’ son, Channing Phillips, serves as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and attended yesterday’s ceremony. So, too, did former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.