In a ground breaking ceremony last week, Mayor Walter E. Washington and other officials launched StoneRidge II, a rent-subsidized housing development for low- to moderate-income persons.
The mayor said the 46-unit building, now under construction along Anacostia Road in Southeast, is part of 1,600 projected units that wil aid minorities and low-income residents in their quest for quality housing in the District.Most of the projected housing will be subsidized under the federal government's section 8 plan, Washington said.
"We have them coming up everywhere," he said. He named the entire 14th Street area, 15th and Benning Road NE, and downtown as upcoming development sites.
StoneRidge II, slated to open next April, will be the city's first family housing development under the section 8 program.
Nearly 100 men, women and children braved the chill October air to witness the ceremony. Rev. Andrew J. Allen of the First Baptist Church of Deanewood led a prayer and councilwoman Willie J. Hardy of Ward 7, introduced dignitaries and civic leaders at the event.
Ward 1 councilman Dave Clarke wished the community luck in its new housing endeavor. Representatives speaking for D.C. Del. Walter E. Fauntroy and council chairman Sterling Tucker pledged continuing support in helping to improve community life in the District.
Advisory Neghborhood Commission representatives Barbara A. Newby, Albert Long, John Burns, and Rhudine G. Davis circulated through the crowd welcoming visitors.
Millicent Walcott, a representative from the Department of House and Urban Development's District office said HUD's aim for the project is to put people in decent housing. StoneRidge developer, Joseph Horning, thanked area residents for their cooperation in obtaining community approval for the development.
A $1,256,700 loan from the Federal Housing AUthority (FHA) will finance 90 per cent of the project, which is being built by Joseph and Lawrence Horning.
Ronald Pitt, comptroller for the firm, said the 46-units will be broken down into 6 one-bedroom, 31 two-bedroom, and 9 three-bedroom apartments. Twenty per cent of the units will be set aside for low-income tenants, he said, and the remaining apartments will go to middle-income people. Under section 8 guidelines, tenants will pay 25 per cent of their income in rent and the government will pay the rest.
Pitt said the Horning Brothers have built three other government subsidized housing projects in the District. They include StoneRidge I (109 units) at 320-324 Anacostia Road SE; Azeebe-Bate (92 units) at 1515 F Street, NE; and The Pinnacle (167 units) at 15th and Benning Road, NE.
When The Pinnacle, their last project, opened on Oct. 3 of this year, Pitt said they processed 437 applicants seeking apartments the first day. Applications for StoneRidge II will be accepted 60 days before it opens, he said.
The firm also expects to complete a 94-unit housing project on Benning Road, NE sometime next year.
StoneRidge I was completed in 1971. The attractive, four-story, red-brick, balconied structure will face StoneRidge II. The complex houses a model recreation center for the handicapped youth craft shops, a day care center, and the Dards Early Childhood Development Center for youngsters 2 to 5 years old. Residents at StoneRidge II will be entitled to all the amenities provided by its counterpart, said Pitt.