In late 2007, NHC Member Partner the Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) worked with residents to purchase Wheeler Terrace, a development in Southeast Washington, DC, in order to upgrade the blighted property and help revitalize the neighborhood as a whole using a comprehensive community development approach.
Since that time CPDC has been focused on rehabilitating Wheeler Terrace to best serve residents' needs by making the property both safer and greener. In the on-site videos below CPDC's Mark James talks about the overall goals of the rehabilitation project, as well as specific measures taken to improve residents' quality of life.
Wheeler Terrace: CPDC's Mark James Discusses Property's Green and Crime Reducing Improvements
Wheeler Terrace: CPDC's Mark James on Instilling Green Values in Residents
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan cited several of Southeast DC's revitalized neighborhoods in 2009, including Wheeler Terrace, as models for the Administration's Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, which seeks to improve communities by connecting housing to a wider range of amenities and services.
Please visit "Open House" next week to view additional video highlighting the specific green elements of Wheeler Terrace. The video will include information on how CPDC is measuring the long-term impact of these features on the health of residents.