CPDC to Kick Off Inaugural D.C. Community Development Week with Ribbon Cutting at Edgewood Commons
10/11/2016

CPDC along with Washington D.C. housing leaders will celebrate milestones in housing, community development in Edgewood-Brookland neighborhood.

Online PR News – 11-October-2016 – WASHINGTON, DC – CPDC to Kick Off Inaugural D.C. Community Development Week with Ribbon Cutting at Edgewood Commons.

On Tuesday, October 11, CPDC along with Washington D.C. housing leaders will celebrate milestones in housing and community development in D.C.’s Edgewood-Brookland neighborhood. District Department of Housing and Community Development Director Polly Donaldson will present a Mayoral Proclamation deeming October 10-14 D.C. Community Development Week. 

CPDC will today host a ribbon cutting at its flagship property Edgewood Commons to mark the completion of Edgewood Commons I, the second phase of a five-year, $50 million effort to revitalize the campus into an open, vibrant, engaged and economically diverse community.

The ribbon-cutting will also kick-off the first ever D.C. Community Development Week. Led by the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development (CNHED), a member association that supports the housing and economic development industry across the District, Community Development Week will highlight the activities and impact of those whose work creates a D.C. where all residents can live and thrive.
 
“During D.C. Community Development Week, District leaders, CNHED and others will recognize the spectrum of organizations working hard to preserve and build thriving communities, characterized by affordable housing, jobs, services and other opportunities in the midst of rapid development in the District,” said Steve Glaude, CNHED President and CEO.
 
D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Director Polly Donaldson will present a Mayoral Proclamation at the Edgewood Commons ribbon-cutting designating October 10-14 Community Development Week.
 
The evolution of Edgewood Commons into an engaged and economically diverse campus exemplifies CPDC’s strategic focus on community development, said CPDC President and CEO Mike Pitchford.

“In the face of rapid gentrification in the Edgewood-Brookland neighborhood, CPDC is committed to more than preserving critical affordable housing; we are equally invested in ensuring residents and local community members grow and thrive by offering programs, services, and resources that ensure the long-term sustainability of the larger community,” Pitchford said.

CPDC closed on the recapitalization of Edgewood I in November 2014 and began renovations in early 2015.  The substantial remodel includes new flooring, bathroom vanities, cabinetry and countertops, and energy-efficient heating and cooling systems in apartments. Improvements were also made to the lobby, common areas and parking garage, as well as extensive exterior renovations designed to bring residents and community members together (e.g., water features, a tot lot, a community garden, and a fitness trail with interactive play equipment).

Integral to CPDC’s ongoing revitalization efforts at Edgewood is a focus on community engagement through efforts to shift the community’s operating culture. The ONE Edgewood Network, which connects resident to resident, resident to neighbor, and resident to CPDC staff and property management, has made significant advances in removing barriers, building trust, increasing resident leadership and co-investment and enhancing residents’ quality of life through shared resources and mutual support.

As part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony, CPDC will issue Community Impact Awards to residents who have played a critical role in community building at Edgewood.

For more information on CPDC’s reinvestment in Edgewood Commons: http://www.cpdc.org/live-with-us/our-communities/reinvesting-in-edgewood-commons/.

To learn more about D.C. Community Development Week: http://www.cnhed.org/a-community-of-leaders/community-development-week/.

CPDC Edgewood Commons Ribbon-Cutting

DATE: October 11, 2016
TIME: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
LOCATION: 601 Edgewood Street, NE Washington, D.C. 20017

 
About CPDC:

For over 25 years, Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) has served D.C., MD and VA as a leading not-for-profit real estate developer through the acquisition and redevelopment of award-winning affordable housing. We specialize in mixed-income and mixed-use developments, historic preservation, adaptive reuse and are recognized for innovative financing, green building design and public-private partnerships.

With more than 9,000 residents in over 5,000 apartment homes, CPDC is committed to the long-term success of our portfolio and our residents. We deliver innovative Community Impact Strategies (CIS) designed to help individuals and entire neighborhoods grow and thrive. CPDC is a community developer and proud member of NeighborWorks America, the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.

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