Update: Proposal to Convert the Wardman to Low Income Housing
As noted last week, two local groups are urging the city to acquire the bankrupt Wardman Hotel in Woodley Park and help convert it into genuinely affordable housing—enough to meet 25% of Mayor Bowser’s affordable housing goal for our ward in one stroke.
The Wardman Hotel Strategy Team and its allied group, Ward 3 Housing Justice, invite the public to a free Zoom information meeting on how the vacant hotel can be converted to 500 mixed-income affordable residences, with spaces for recreation, job training, childcare, community services and meetings, and classrooms on the hotel’s lower levels for the benefit of both residents and the larger community.
The information session, including presentation of preliminary architectural concept plans for the converted space, will take place Saturday, June 26, 2021, 11 am–12 noon. Please register in advance here. After registering, you’ll receive instructions on how to join the meeting.
You can also sign a petition here, urging city officials to acquire and convert the Wardman into a 100% affordable housing community. Help us realize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by also sharing the petition with your neighbors in Woodley Park and your friends elsewhere in Ward 3 and other parts of the city.
Carren Kaston is a Village member and a member of the Wardman Hotel Strategy Team. The Village invites members to share neighborhood news and updates, any views expressed by member contributors are their own.