Yesterday, nearly 50 Brookland Manor residents, friends and neighbors gathered at the Brookland Manor Community Center to celebrate the naming of RIA’s new senior building: The Alice and Eugene Ford Senior Building.
“Alice and Eugene Ford believed in the need for building new, affordable homes. They made it so it’s affordable for us here,” said Minnie Elliott, president of the Brookland Manor Resident Association. “I think they would have been proud of what MidCity is doing here now for Brookland Manor residents.”
“We could not be more excited to begin our first phase of development at RIA with the senior building, bringing 200 best-in-class apartment homes designed specifically for the unique needs of our seniors,” said Madi Ford, Director of Legal Affairs at MidCity. “I am genuinely touched that Ms. Elliott and the selection committee thought to include my grandmother, Alice Ford, in the naming of the building. She was instrumental in my grandfather’s success and her contributions often went unrecognized. My grandparents were committed to quality affordable housing and this building will be a credit to their outstanding legacy.”
In addition to offering new apartment residences for families in the first phase of redevelopment, RIA’s new senior building includes 200 new apartment homes designed specifically for residents age 62 and older (including qualified aides).
The new senior building features:
- Four-story construction with underground parking
- Modern fixtures and finishes
- Multiple elevator bays for improved accessibility
- Community library area on each floor
- Relaxing green space including a Zen-style garden and Koi pond
- Amenity spaces specifically designed for senior needs including a food pantry, exam rooms, community dining facilities, and computer lab
MidCity plans to break ground on The Alice and Eugene Ford Senior Building in Spring 2018.
RIA is a 20-acre redevelopment of the 1940s-era Brookland Manor and Brentwood Village Shopping Center. At completion, RIA will be a modern and vibrant, mixed-use and mixed-income community offering market-rate and affordable housing in a variety of unit sizes from studios to townhomes. New neighborhood amenities will include a 1.5-acre green pedestrian plaza and playground, and a new retail center featuring a full-service grocery, shops, restaurants and neighborhood services.
On May 22, the DC Zoning Commission approved the development of Block 7, RIA’s first phase of development beginning in 2018. Block 7 includes two new buildings: a 200-unit senior building for residents aged 62 and older (and qualified aides), and a 131-unit multifamily building.
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