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Providence Street Northeast in Ivy City

Back in December, Mayor Adrian Fenty announced a new initiative to revitalize Ivy City, a long forgotten neighborhood where a prostitute named “Country” once resided in two abandoned houses—-one being her primary residence, the other being her place of business. (That’s a taste of local lore. For more, see this Washington City Paper story from 2000.)

But change is coming to Country’s country. The city’s new plan called for the redevelopment of “37 vacant properties in a six-block stretch of Ivy City into market-rate and affordable housing,” according to December’s press release. In total, there would be “58 units of housing, including single family, condominium, and limited-equity cooperatives on the vacant sites,” with various income requirements.

Well, it seems the Department of Housing and Community Development is getting moving on filling those units. Today, I received the following press release in my inbox:

DHCD to hold community meeting and pre-purchase orientation in Ivy City

(Washington, DC) – The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will hold a community outreach and a pre-purchase orientation session for the District’s Ivy City Special Demonstration Project on Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, 1000 Mt. Olivet Road, NE.

Manna, Mission First Development, Habitat for Humanity and Mi Casa Inc. will discuss upcoming housing development projects for Ivy City. Housing Counseling Services will conduct a pre-purchase orientation session for first-time homebuyers and individuals interested in applying for the District government’s Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP).

For more information or to request special accommodations, please contact Andrea Lee at (202) 478-1355 or andrea.lee@dc.gov.

And in case you don’t know where Ivy City is located…

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