Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Columbia Heights Finalist for Land Use Award

This is actually quite exciting for the neighborhood. The Urban Land Institute has selected Columbia Heights as one of the 17 finalists for its Awards for Excellence: The Americas competition. The award honors urban development projects that are all encompassing and go beyond just design aesthetics to include planning, leadership, community participation, and private/public partnerships. The ten elite winners of the award will be announced in mid-April.

Here is what ULI had to say about Columbia Heights:

Columbia Heights, Washington, DC (The Government of the District of Columbia) Arising from a city-led initiative to revitalize a neighborhood destroyed in the riots following Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, Columbia Heights features 1.2 million square feet of new development, including more than 600 housing units, 650,000 square feet of large-format and community retail, and refurbished cultural and public spaces.

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