Black History Month Concludes with Celebration of Those Building MVT’s Future

Thursday February 24, 2022

Throughout February we’ve celebrated Black History Month by sharing stories of the people and places – including Prather’s Alley, our historically significant churches, and FRESHFARM vendor Michelle Samuel – that continue to contribute to MVT’s rich past and vibrant present. This week we’re concluding our celebration by highlighting black developers who are shaping Mount Vernon Triangle’s exciting future – literally – through efforts that are building our community of tomorrow.

  • Voltron Community Partners – comprised of Buwa Bintie (see image 1 below), Bo Menkiti, Jerome Bailey & George “Ty” Simpson – in November 2020 opened Capitol Vista (see image 2 below), a 104-unit luxury affordable apartment building at 810 New Jersey Ave. Inspired by the design of New York City’s famed Flatiron Building, the project was named the National Association of Home Builders’ 2021 Best in American Living Platinum Award in the Affordable, Multifamily category.
  • Habte Sequar (see image 3 below) will soon finalize development of a 14-story, 247-room Holiday Inn Express (see image 6 below) at the corners of 4th & K Streets NW that will provide another hospitality option for the city’s rebounding tourism market.
  • Rob Richardson of IBF Development (see image 4 below; pictured with son Jalen) along with co-developer NHT Communities delivered Liberty Place (see image 7 below): a 71-unit affordable residence on the corner of 3rd & I Streets NW that includes 11 units reserved for those with limited mobility, 14 for formerly homeless individuals, and 7 for Veterans.
  • And multiple black developers joined forces to create 921 6th Street LLC and convert three former rowhomes into a 49-unit condominium building (see image 5 below) on the 900 block of 6th Street NW that is located between a hotel to its south and a stand-alone retail storefront to its north.

Thank you for participating in this year’s celebration of Black History Month and for your continued support of efforts to build a Mount Vernon Triangle that is welcoming for everyone in our community. Because celebrating our community’s diversity is core to our efforts of championing Mount Vernon Triangle’s continued evolution as a dynamic, inclusive, and attractive place to live, work, and visit.

Related Stories:

  • “Black developers call for a reckoning in real estate,” Washington Post, April 1, 2021
  • “Black developers build affordable luxury apartments in DC,” WUSA9, February 9, 2021