I had a happy sense of déjà vu recently when I visited Atlantic Gardens and Atlantic Terrace, communities that serve as home to 750 low-income residents in the Southeast section of Washington, DC.
I acquired these two properties in 1982, just a decade after I founded WinnCompanies. They represented the company’s first move into a Washington, D.C., market that desperately needed quality affordable housing. It still does today.
The occasion for my return visit to “The Atlantics” was a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the formal start of a massive, $69 million project to completely modernize every aspect of the 303 apartments in Atlantic Gardens and Atlantic Terrace and maintain both communities as critically needed Project-Based Section 8 housing.
Equally as important, in collaboration with the residents, we are going to install new and enhanced services, strengthening the job placement, adult learning and early children education programs we offer through partnerships with non-profit providers in the District.
Those services are the hard work of affordable housing ownership and management. Changing appliances, windows and playgrounds – those are all important physical improvements. But changing the quality of life – creating human opportunities for brighter futures – is a critical part of the equation that is often overlooked.
There are many important lessons to take from our experiences at Atlantic Gardens and Atlantic Terrace during the past 33 years. For now, I’d you to enjoy this wonderful video that captures the spirit and emotion of our December 4 groundbreaking ceremony.
We are writing another chapter in a great story – a chapter that proves beyond a doubt our commitment to maintaining strong, affordable housing options for people of the District of Columbia. I couldn’t be prouder.
See full press release:: WinnCompanies Launches 69 Million Renovation to Preserve 303 Low Income Apartments in Washington DC