Denise Rolark Barnes
The Washington Informer
It’s been 30 years in the making for residents in Ward 7 but on June 21, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, along with Ward 7 Council member Vincent Gray, cut the ribbon on Phase 1 and broke ground on Phase 2 of the new Skyland Town Center, the largest housing and commercial construction project in Ward 7.
The Crest, the first residential property at Skyland and located at the intersection of Alabama Avenue and Naylor and Good Hope roads, opened Monday. It features 263 homes, a mix of studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments, as well as a fitness center and courtyard pool and grills.
Of the 263 units, 53 have been set aside for those earning up to 80% of Median Family Income (MFI) with 26 designated as workforce units (80 to 120% MFI).
Dozens of Ward 7 residents, along with city officials and the developers, escaped from the scorching sun under a large blue tent where they celebrated the opening of Phase 1 of the project — its completion long overdue by most accounts.