Web site highlights historic writers’ homes

A Web site, www.dcwriters.org, showcases the literary heritage of Washington by mapping the former homes of District writers.

More than 120 houses on the Web site represent every period of District history. Noted authors on the site include Paul Laurence Dunbar, Zora Neale Hurston and Sinclair Lewis. The earliest documented homes include Francis Scott Key’s and Frederick Douglass’.

The Humanities Council of Washington D.C. funded the site, which can be seen at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Institute for Policy Studies, Suite 600, 1112 16th St. NW.

For information, go to info@dcwriters.org.

60-unit affordable housing building opens

The D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development recently opened the SeVerna, a 60-unit affordable housing building at First and K streets NW in Ward 6.

All 60 units will be available to households at or below 60 percent of the area median income, with half going to households with incomes at or below 30 percent of the area median income.

The project was developed by Bible Way Church, MissionFirst Development and Henson Development. For information, go to dhcd.dc.gov.

City restores Old Market House Square park

The District Department of Transportation opened the newly restored Old Market House Square in Anacostia on Friday.

The park, in the 14th Street SE median between U and V streets, has new lighting, benches, paths, handicap ramps, grass, trees and sidewalks. New features include chess tables, a reading area and a bench made from recycled 200-year-old wooden pickle barrels.

The $480,000 restoration was funded in part by DDOT, earmark funds from D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and a grant from the TKF Foundation, a nonprofit group that supports urban parks.

Cardozo High open for visitors before renovation

Francis L. Cardozo Senior High School alumni have scheduled a pre-renovation “last stroll” through the building from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Visitors can learn about the school, 1200 Clifton St. NW, and the modernization process.

Renovations begin next month and are scheduled to be completed in August 2013. During that period, students will attend class in a temporary space at the former Meyer Elementary School, 2501 11th St. NW.

For information, e-mail cardozohigh2011@gmail.com.

— Terence McArdle