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Sheridan Station Phase III groundbreaking brings housing progress to Anacostia

With the September 27, 2013 Phase III groundbreaking at Sheridan Station, the District continues to make progress in providing high-quality housing options in the Anacostia community. Mayor Vincent Gray, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Victor Hoskins, D.C. Housing Authority Adrianne Todman, and other officials joined Pam Askew, senior vice president of DC-based William C. Smith and Company, to celebrate the project.

"We are excited to have the groundbreaking on the final phase of Sheridan Station . . . . a 9.8-acre, $100 million project that provides affordable quality housing in the Ward 8 community," says Chanda Washington, spokeswoman for the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development.

Sheridan Station is the three-phase redevelopment of a vacant public housing site in Ward 8 by developer William C. Smith and the D.C. Housing Authority. It will provide 327 units of mixed-income rental and for-sale condominiums and townhouses; the apartment prices range from about $750 to $1,300 per month.

The D.C. Housing Authority was awarded a $20 million HOPE VI grant from the U.S.  Department of Housing and Urban Development and a $5.8 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant specifically for "greening" the project. The name "Sheridan Station" is said to have been selected to reflect the community's design as a transit-oriented development near the Anacostia Metro Station.  

The developer and SK&I Architectural Design Group have won environmental awards for Sheridan Station. The development's first multi-family building has the largest privately-owned solar photovoltaic power system in D.C. Additionally, the building (125,000 square feet) has a vegetative green roof, an underground rainwater cistern, LED lights, low-flow plumbing fixtures, high-efficiency HVAC systems and low VOC paint.

Construction began in May of 2010. In 2012, Phase I of Sheridan Station was the first multi-family development in the District to be awarded LEED platinum status.  LEED certification is awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council for buildings designed and built to be energy and resource efficient and healthy to live in. In 2013, the project received the U.S. Green Building Council's Project of the Year, Holmes Award of Excellence, and it was named Multi-Family Development of the Year by the Washington Business Journal.

Read more articles by Jeanne Holden.

Jeanne is a freelance journalist with broad experience covering economics, transportation and development issues for clients ranging from consulting firms and think tanks to federal agencies such as the State Department and newsletters such as The Urban Transportation Monitor.  Before freelancing, Jeanne worked as a reporter, writer, and editor for the U.S. Information Agency, a federal agency that supported U.S. foreign policy through educational and information programs.
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