WC Smith Celebrates Start of Archer Park Construction

Archer Park will have 190 affordable units, as well as a fitness center, community rooms and 80 bicycle parking spaces

Washington DC (November 6, 2015) – Today MayorBowser and Ward 8 Councilmember LaRuby May will join WC Smith to celebrate the start of construction of 190 new affordable units at Archer Park. Located at 1200 Mississippi Ave SE, Archer Park will feature a fitness center, community rooms, business center, and 80 bicycle parking spaces. An environmentally sustainable building, it will have rooftop solar panels, a green roof on the parking garage, Energy Star appliances and naturalized landscaping. Residents will be able to take advantage of many nearby amenities: the Congress Heights Metro Station is three blocks away, Oxon Run Park is across the street, and the arts, recreation, health and education services at THEARC (www.thearcdc.org) are a short walk, as is the newly renovated Ballou High School. Archer Park is also walking distance to St Elizabeths and the jobs that will be located there.

“Archer Park will provide affordable housing that is much needed in the city,” said Chris Smith, Chairman and CEO of WC Smith. “We look forward to bringing this project to the community and to furthering the work that WC Smith has done in the area.”

WC Smith (www.wcsmith.com) is a DC-based company that has been providing real estate development and property management services since 1968. WC Smith has completed several projects in the area around Archer Park. The company renovated 84 units at Park Vista across the street and partnered with Community of Hope to renovate 19 units as permanent supportive housing at 1320 Mississippi Ave (a former MPD substation.) In partnership with Fannie Mae and with the help of over 1,000 volunteers, WC led an extensive clean up and rehabilitation of 25 acres in Oxon Run Park. WC Smith was also the leader in the creation of THEARC (Town Hall, Education, Arts and Recreation Campus) the 110,000 square foot arts, recreation and cultural campus at 19th and Mississippi Ave SE. At THEARC, twelve nonprofit partners provide a range of services.

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