Building for the Greater Good
Every now and then, DAVIS is asked to build more than just a building, complete more than just a project, and sign more than just a contract. Every now and then, we are asked to spearhead something that is bigger than ourselves. That’s why when Mission First Housing Group looked to DAVIS to construct DC’s first ever affordable housing unit residency intended for grandfamilies, we were ready to shine a light on this new territory.
As stated on their website, Mission First’s goal is to envision communities where everyone can live independently in affordable, safe and sustainable homes with access to resources and opportunities in their community. Their need? To create a home for low-income grandfamilies – grandparents raising children where a parent is not present. The solution? A 12-story building with 223 affordable housing units, 50 of which were made specifically for grandfamilies and the remaining for low income housing occupants – the first of its kind in DC.
The residency started as a vision by the founder of Bible Way Church who wanted to repurpose a small strip of land near Interstate 395 as an intergenerational center. From this vision, Mission First partnered with the property managers of Golden Rule Plaza and Henson Development to foster the development of the specialized units. DAVIS helped transform a concept into reality.
ArchitectHickok Cole Architects
clientPlaza West LLC, MissionFirst Housing Development Corp