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Affordable, deaf-friendly Columbia Heights building delivers, tenants to move in this month

NW Corner view of building

Finishing up the exterior at Justice Park

A courtyard for residents

The first tenants at the Justice Park Apartments are set to take occupancy this month.
The 28-unit rental building in Columbia Heights is specifically designed for dwellers with partial or complete hearing loss, according to Dantes Partners LLC, the project developer.
“As of now, all 28 units have approved tenants,” says Kofi Meroe, development manager at Dantes. A wait list for prospective tenants is available, he adds.
The five-story building at 1421 Euclid St. NW includes studios, sized at around 500 square feet; one-bedrooms at 665 square feet and two-bedrooms at 965 square feet (view the floor plans here). All units are restricted to households with annual income of 50 or 60 percent of the area’s Annual Mean Income.
Justice Park includes 14 covered parking spots, a gym and bike racks as well as other features aimed at supporting its tenants’ hearing loss, such a video intercom system and smoke alarms equipped with strobe lights.
Grimm + Parker Architects designed the building, while Dickinson + Partners consulted on its special-needs features. Additional partners on the project include the Perdomo Group and Capital Construction Enterprises.
Both the Columbia Heights and U Street Metro stations are within walking distance of the building, which sits on a parcel of land previously the site of Justice Park, not to be confused with Spirit of Justice Park, a little-known park just south of the US Capitol.

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