Not all affordable housing developers pay attention to interesting architecture, but it looks like those proposing a 121-unit project on North Capitol and K Street NE are a little more ambitious than usual.
Be the Change Development Corporation and Community Solutions, which has an exclusive rights agreement for a the D.C.-owned parcel next to St. Phillips Church, has retained U Street-based Sorg and Associates to design the 130-foot-tall building. Initial designs offered as part of a request for support from the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission show Sorg’s penchant for odd angles, which would be a unique addition to the North Capitol Street corridor.
The non-profits have most of the $24.2 million development cost, and are putting together an application for gap financing from the District for the remaining 10 to 15 percent of it. Half the studio units would be affordable to individuals making less than 60 percent of the area media income, and half would be permanent supportive housing for veterans.
The affordability and density on an unused lot is great to see—-but so is a departure from the kind of bunker-like design that’s dominated low-income housing projects and homeless shelters in the past.