While the Shay and Atlantic Plumbing are adding upscale housing to Shaw, some much-need affordable homes are also under construction in the neighborhood.

Construction has begun on the Channing E. Phillips Homes at 1710 Seventh St. NW, a new eight-story building designed by architect Shalom Baranes Associates of Washington. This is the first time this well-known local architect has designed an affordable housing community.

The Channing E. Phillips Homes also include 3,100 square feet of retail space under development by Lincoln Westmoreland Housing. The building is adjacent to the Shaw/Howard University Metro station.

Rental applications for the apartments will be accepted beginning in January. The building will include 28 one-bedroom units at $1,115 per month, 21 two-bedroom units at $1,381 per month and seven three-bedroom units at $1,594 per month. The apartments are reserved for families with an income at or below 60 percent of area median income or an income of $65,520 in 2015. (Area median income is $109,200.)

This development results from the four-decade partnership between two D.C. area United Church of Christ (UCC) fellowships: Westmoreland Congregational UCC and Lincoln Congregational Temple UCC.

The two churches became housing development partners to invest in the Shaw neighborhood in the late 1960s and broke ground on the Lincoln Westmoreland Apartments in 1969. That 108-unit apartment building, next door to the Channing E. Phillips Homes, is currently undergoing renovation.

The late Channing E. Phillips was an anti-poverty and civil rights leader who fought for affordable housing and social justice in his role as senior minister of the Lincoln Temple Congressional Church at 11th and R streets NW and later as the leader of the nonprofit Housing Development Corporation.

Numerous public and private organizations are providing financial support for the Channing E. Phillips apartments. The CT Group of Laurel, Md., will be responsible for property management and leasing.

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Michele Lerner is a freelance writer. To pass on a tip or news item, contact us at realestate@washpost.com and put “Town Square” in the subject line.