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Affordable community in Ward 7 prepares to deliver 28 new homes

The finished townhomes

MetroTowns Parkside, an affordable housing community in Ward 7, will deliver Phase 2 of its townhomes--28 three-bedroom units--before year's end or in early January. But if you wanted to purchase one, you're out of luck--the homes, with the exception of the model, are all under contract.

"We were in a marketing trailer, we hadn't really started construction," says Corey Powell, senior development manager at Enterprise Homes, which is partnering on the development. "[Prospective buyers] were looking at the plans and renderings. There wasn't anything tangible for anyone to see," yet the contracts came quickly, he says.

The three-bedroom, 2.5- or 3.5-bath townhouses are priced from $259,900, and are reserved for buyers that make no more than the area median income, which is $107,500 for a family of four. Only a stone's throw from the Minnesota Ave Metro station, it's perhaps no surprise that buyers were willing to purchase without even having seen a finished home. "Folks have been very receptive," Powell says.

The third phase, which will include another 35 townhomes and a 42-unit rental community to replace an affordable apartment building that was torn down to build MetroTowns, will get underway in early 2014, Powell says.

The $33.7-million development was the vision of the late Abe Pollin, who owned the Washington Wizards, the Washington Capitals, and the Washington Mystics.

Read more articles by Rachel Kaufman.

Rachel is the managing editor of Elevation D.C. She also covers tech, business and science for publications nationwide. She lives in Brookland.
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