Resilient Community: Northwest One

APA National Capital Area Chapter


Wednesday, October 4, 2017
2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. EDT

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Rooted in faith and family, decimated by the riots of 1968 after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., threated with obliteration by planned highways, the continuing revitalization of this Washington DC neighborhood is a story of resiliency. This session presents the story of Northwest One, a community in NW Washington centered around the Bible Way Church. Presented by a panel with representatives from Bible Way Church, Mission First, and Henson Development, and moderated and supported by principals of Grimm+Parker Architects.

The Northwest One redevelopment planning process began in earnest in the spring of 2004. At that time, the community began to organize to work with the District of Columbia through the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Redevelopment to deal with violent crime in the neighborhood as well as the threatened loss of affordable housing. The first two phases of redevelopment have been completed. In September of 2014, the city cut the ribbon on 2M Street, a 314 unit mixed income development with 59 replacement units for former residents of Temple Courts, and 34 additional affordable units. And in 2016 the second housing development in Northwest One, The SeVerna on K, was completed by Mission First Housing Group and their development partner Henson Development. This project has 133 total units, with 48 replacement units with priority for former residents of Temple Courts and Golden Rule, as well as an additional 53 affordable units.


David Stembel

Invited Speaker

Principal, Grimm+Parker Architects

Sarah Constant

Invited Speaker

Sarah Constant is the Managing Director of Mission First Housing Group, a nonprofit affordable housing developer. Sarah is responsible for managing development projects, building client relationships, and overseeing the company's day-to-day operations and growth. To date, she has closed more than $250 million worth of deals during her career ... Read More

Yvonne L. Williams

Invited Speaker

Yvonne L. Williams is Chair of the Board of Trustees of Bible Way Church. Affordable housing is one of the oldest and most important ministries of the Church beginning in the 1940s with small neighborhood rooming houses. The Church welcomed the opportunity to provide substantially more and better quality housing ... Read More

Mel Thompson

Invited Speaker

Principal, Grimm+Parker Architects

Daniel Henson

Invited Speaker

Daniel Henson established The Henson Development Company in 1991. The company specializes in the revitalization of low-income and public housing developments. Mr. Henson is sought after as a leading expert on planning and implementing redevelopment projects of Housing Agencies across the country. He previously served for Baltimore City as the ... Read More

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