Ward 3 Affordable Housing Opportunity Sites

Very little public land exists in Ward 3.  Unless and until the city acquires more private land, the public will have to depend on the relatively small amount of affordable housing that the private sector will build through Inclusionary Zoning and modest tax abatements.  These mechanisms will never be enough to keep pace with robust job development in Ward 3.


Sites owned by private for-profit entities:

  • The former Wardman Hotel property—A 9.5 acre site in the 2600 block of Woodley Road and stretching back to Calvert Street.  Near Connecticut Avenue and the Woodley Park/Zoo-Adams Morgan Metro station.  Status:  Owned by Carmel Partners.  Plan for 900 units of rental housing only 72 of which will be affordable.
  • 5333 Wisconsin Avenue—There is a proposed Planned Unit Development (PUD) on the site of Maggiano’s and some other retail establishments.  Status:  The project is currently going through zoning review.
  • Lord & Taylor site—The store has been closed for some time; the building has been proposed for historic designation.  This is a large site that includes an extensive parking area.  Status:  The site is not for sale and there are no plans for its redevelopment at this time.
  • “Home Plate” lot—This site is essentially undeveloped—an unused paved flat top parking lot—between the closed Lord & Taylor building and Mazza Gallerie.  (It is shaped like a home plate.)  Status:  The site is not for sale and there are no plans for its redevelopment at this time.

Sites owned by private, not-for-profit organizations:

  • Lisner-Louise-Dickinson-Hurt Home­—This is a long-time senior living facility on 5.4 acres of land situated on Western Avenue in Friendship Heights.  Status: The pending  redevelopment plan would add 93 additional units at various income levels. In February 2022 the project was awarded $135 million from DC’s Housing Production Trust Fund.

Sites owned by public entities:

  • WMATA Bus Garage—This large site faces on 44th Street and extends to Wisconsin Avenue.  Status:  The site is currently being used for maintenance and storage of Metrobuses and has been identified as a toxic waste site.  WMATA apparently intends to move to another location and, if so, plans to sell the site.
  • Chevy Chase Library and Community Center—These two buildings are slated for replacement and redevelopment with residential uses above a new library and community center.  Status: A Small Area Plan is in final stages of review before adoption, but no targets have been set for how much affordable housing will be built.
  • Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library—The library, a DC owned property, was built to allow development above it.  Status:  No plans to add affordable housing at this time.

Other types of sites to consider:

  • Older apartment buildings along Connecticut Avenue and other corridors that could be acquired and repurposed for mixed-income affordable housing as through land trusts or social housing
  • Small infill units and buildings that could be acquired and repurposed for demonstration sites for social housing
  • Units in older condominium buildings that could be acquired and placed under covenant as permanent affordable units
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NW Opportunity Partners Community Development Corporation