Lincoln Heights: Updates

$1 Million Investment to Restore the Historic Strand Theatre for Future Development

image of the Strand TheatreEarlier this month, the District began restoration of the historic Strand Theatre. Located in the heart of Lincoln Heights off of Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, the landmark theatre has been vacant for over 50 years. The stabilization is being funded by the The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, in partnership with Great Streets and the DC Department of General Services. Mayor Gray spoke to the significance of this redevelopment project in his 2014 State of the District Address:

“We’re laying the groundwork for future development all over the city, and especially right here in Ward 7. Just last month, the District began restoration of the historic Strand Theater – which has been closed since 1959. Think about that, folks – this community asset has been closed so long that a tree was literally growing through the roof of the building. My administration has committed to the revitalization and repurposing of this property in order to better serve the needs of Ward 7 residents. The District’s investment in the Strand Theater will not only create new retail opportunities, but it will also improve the streetscape and stimulate additional development nearby.”

The restoration of the Strand will also be a focus of the upcoming Start It In 7: Ward 7 Entrepreneurship Week March 17th-March 21st, coordinated by the DC Office of Planning. The week-long schedule of events will include activities, tours, and workshops for business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, artists, retailers, investors, and residents interested in the economic potential of Ward 7. To learn more about the Strand Theatre, CLICK HERE.

DC Housing Authority Board of Commissioners Approves Application for Lincoln Heights Demolition

The Lincoln Heights property includes 440 units of public housing, targeted for demolition as part of the New Communities Initiative. The property is owned and managed by the DC Housing Authority. To demolish public housing properties, the DC Housing Authority must have approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). At its December 2013 Board of Commissioners meeting, the DC Housing Authority approved a resolution to submit the demolition application for Lincoln Heights to HUD. The application will be submitted by the DC Housing Authority in the first quarter of 2014.

Lincoln Heights Back-to-School Carnival

DayBreak, Inc. a long-time provider of youth development in Lincoln Heights, sponsored its annual Back-to-School Carnival in Marvin Gaye Park, (located within walking distance of Lincoln Heights).  Over 400 attendees enjoyed carnival rides and games.  Children and youth received backpacks, folders, notebooks, pens, pencils and other needed supplies for school.  Food was provided and local talent performed.  In exchange for school supplies, attendees were required to spend a few minutes at booths offering information on health, wellness and safety.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray Celebrates with Residents at Lincoln Heights Community Day

Mayor Vincent C. Gray joined residents for this annual event featuring local talent, including choreographed dance routines and recited poetry.  Resident leaders and service providers were recognized for their dedicated work in the community. DC Housing Authority Executive Director Adrienne Todman was among special guests were in attendance.

Mayor Gray and Deputy Mayor Hoskins Cut Ribbon on The Nannie Helen at 4800

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor L. Hoskins were joined by Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander, other Councilmembers and dignitaries to ceremonially cut the ribbon on The Nannie Helen at 4800. The Nannie Helen at 4800 is a mixed-use
development that consists of 70 units of affordable housing, including 23 replacement units with a priority for Lincoln Heights and Richardson Dwelling residents. The development includes 1,800 square feet of retail space, a fitness center, community room and outdoor playground. Click HERE to read the full press release.

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