IN THE NEWS: Bognet to build Brookland apartments

Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 10:31am EST
By Tierney Plumb, Staff Reporter
Washington Business Journal

Arlington-based Bognet Construction will build the Brookland Artspace Lofts, an affordable apartment complex where artists and their families can live and work.

The four-story, 57,000-square-foot arts campus, located in D.C.’s Brookland neighborhood, will break ground April 9 and deliver in July 2011.

The $13.1 million project will include 41 affordable apartments for artists and a dance and music rehearsal studio with a gallery for Dance Place, a modern dance and arts education organization.

Artspace will support Dance Place in its effort to renovate its current theater space, which is located next door at 3225 8th St. NE, and create an outdoor plaza and performance area between the two buildings.

D.C.-based Hickok Cole, which has worked with the $50 million construction firm on other developments, is designing the project.

Amenities include underground parking, performance areas, wide hallways and large elevators so that artists can easily maneuver their artwork around the building.

Community volunteers will provide a mosaic tile installation and a green roof will be added as a community service project.

The District’s Department of Housing and Community Development will provide $10.4 million in stimulus funding, including $1 million in low-income housing tax credits for the role Artspace is playing in reenergizing the Brookland neighborhood.

Artspace leaders started working on the project with the D.C. Department of Housing and Development in 2006.

“The government had developed a policy that would direct D.C. agencies to work together to create and fund art projects that act as an effective tool for economic revitalization,” said Heidi Kurtze, director of property development at Artspace. “The Brookland Artspace Lofts are a result of that initiative.”

Thirty-nine of the units will be offered to households earning less than 60 percent of the area median income, and two units are set aside for Dance Place.

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