Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Walter Reed Community Advisory Committee held its May meeting on Monday night via an online webinar. This blog post will convey the top items of new information that were shared during the meeting.

Karin House at Walter Reed

The biggest story from this month’s meeting was the presentation of Karin House at Walter Reed. Karin House is an upcoming affordable housing development that is being created by So Others Might Eat (SOME), a district-based non-profit organization. SOME is an interfaith, community-based organization whose mission to help the poor and the homeless of our city. Karin House (pronounced: k ah r ih n) will provide 40 units of affordable housing to low-income seniors.

This project will be a major renovation of an existing building (Building 17 on Walter Reed planning maps) that sits near the intersection of Aspen Street and 14th Street NW. The forty units are intended mainly for single seniors who earn less than 23% of the Area Median Income. In addition, there will be one unit set aside for a residential staff member.

The apartments will be efficiency or studio-type units of approximately 300 square feet, depending on layout. Interior demolition of the building will begin today, with construction continuing until next summer. During construction, all vehicle traffic will reach the project area via Main Drive from Georgia Avenue. After its opening, residents, and staff will share the Aspen Street gate with DC International School until a new driveway is constructed.

Aspen Street Construction Scorecard

In response to neighborhood concerns, the development team at Walter Reed has created an online scorecard to help gather information about construction-related issues. Neighbors can visit The Parks at Walter Reed | Report Card to share observations about dust control, noise control, communication, and responsiveness. There is also an open text field to list additional comments. Using this form will ensure that all items are collected in a single source of record and that The Parks DC management has visibility into the greatest issues of concern.

General Project Updates

Events

Coronavirus has forced the master developer to get creative about how to continue to provide interim uses of the Walter Reed site while maintaining the social distancing standards to keep residents and neighbors safe. So, instead of in-person activities, they have created a schedule of virtual events that you can be a part of right from your home.

  • Every Saturday at 10:00 AM, join trainer Gym Jones for a great workout to get your body into summer shape.
  • Find your zen every Tuesday at 5:00 pm with Yoga by Twist and Turns Body Fitness.
  • Experience great musicians from home with a series of virtual events broadcast from The Great Lawn. Shows begin this Sunday at 5:00 PM and will run on alternate weekends.

Visit the developer’s Events page to learn more.

Construction Update

Construction of The Brooks and The Vale condominiums and apartments has continued on schedule. The condos will be ready for delivery in late Q4 of this year while the apartments will be ready next spring. Sales of the condo units have met expectations even considering the COVID-19 challenge. Visit Thebrooksdc.com to schedule your own virtual tour.

There are a few remaining units in the Abrams Hall Senior building. Visit abramshalldc.com to apply.

Finally, construction financing for The Hartley town center project completed a few weeks ago. That building will feature 323 apartments and a retail hub that will be anchored by the new Whole Foods supermarket. This grocery store will be slightly larger than the Silver Spring store and will offer wine and beer sales.