A nonprofit housing corporation affiliated with the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association will break ground this afternoon at 6th and H streets NW for a high-rise apartment building. It will house residents of the Chinatown Community around 6th and H who are being displaced by construction of the city's convention center.
The 10-story building, called Wah Luck or House of Happiness, will have 153 one- and two-bedroom apartments for renters with low- to moderate incomes.
The National Housing Partnership is developing the $9 million property along with the Chinatown organization, which is headed by Harrison Lee.
All residents of the House of Happiness will benefit from Section 8 federal subsidy program for rental housing tenants of below-average income.
Forest City Dillion Inc. will construct the building, using precast concrete panelized components. Alfred H. Liu of Aepa/Architects designed the apartment. Abg Associates Inc. is providing financing.
Last year Nhp, now ranked as the 10th-largest builder of homes in the United States, completed the 10-story Campbell Heights apartment building for elderly tenants at 15th and U streets NW and also the Latrobe high-rise at Rhode Island Avenue and 15th Street NW.
The National Housing Partnerhip is a federally chartered, private organiation that either develops housing projects itself or works with community groups for the creation of multifamily rental housing.