A subsidiary of Perpetual Federal Savings and Loan will begin constructing nine new single family town houses in the next few weeks. They will be the first unsubdivided homes built there in at least 20 years.
Construction of the town houses on vacant land on 11th Street NW between N and O Streets, is one more indication that riot-scarred Shaw ie being upgraded and attracting middle-class families.
Perpetual chairman Thornton W. Owen said he felt there was a demand town houses and that the area was becoming more attractive with the renovation of many of the old Victorisn homes.
The three-bedroom, all brick, all electric homes will sell for between $70,000 to $75,000 and each will have a one-bedroom English basement suitable for renting as an apartment or an office, Owen said yesterday describing the new homes. Each home will have parking in the rear.
"This is an indication or confidence in the city and bodes well for the future." said Mayor Walter E. Washington new building. He added that the development provides new housing with no dislocation because the development is on vacant land.
The city's housing director Lorenzo Jacobs also praised the project.
"There is increasing interest in Shaw espesially around the (Logan) Circle and this is a spinoff," Jacobs said.
The new homes will be located about two blocks from the Logan Circle area where old homes are also being renovated.
"Two years ago we would not have been able or anxious to develop" in Shaw. Perpetual president Thomas Owen candidly admitted yesterday.
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The Perpetual Really Mortgage Corp, a subsidiary of Perpetual is building the homes in a joint venture with Washington Development Association Inc, the firm of black architects George Worthy and John Ross, Thorton Owen said.
Although there has been some building in Shaw since the 1968 ut has been almost entirely high-rise of garden apartment subsidized by the federal government for rental to low and moderate income families.
Fifty-four town houses were built in Shaw along 14th Street in 1974 and sold to public housing families. Twenty-four of these homes are located across of the street and a located across the street and within a block of new Perpetual homes.
Before these Perpetual homes pnly Bishop Walter McCullough, pastor of the House of Prayer for all People, had constructed several garden apartment units with no government subsidies.
Owen believes that Shaw is becoming popular because it is within walking distance ofdowntown and because people want "to come back into town."
Owen hopes the houses will be completed by late spring or early summer. Since the town houses are being built on land zoned for commercial instead can use their basements for professional offices without seeking new city approval. Owen said.
Meanwhile, the D.C,. Zoning Commission on Thursday voted unani mouslt to allow developer Joseph Bonnet to build nine town houses at 16th Street and Arkansas Avenue NW.
Bonnet had asked the commission to allow him to build the homes with a basement apartment because of opposition from citizens who live on the west would build the new homes in keeping with the zoning decision. The homes will probably sell for more than $100,000.