Press Release | May 30, 2019

Nadeau Celebrates $1 Million for Ward 1 Public Housing Repairs

Nadeau and Silverman redirect the Line Hotel’s tax abatement money toward public housing repairs in Ward 1

WASHINGTON – Today, Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau celebrated securing $1 million for Ward 1 public housing repairs in the FY20 budget passed by Council this week. An amendment, written by Nadeau and At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman, was included in the budget to redirect funds that had been set aside for the Line Hotel’s tax abatement toward public housing repairs in Ward 1. The amendment comes after the District’s Attorney General confirmed that the hotel was not eligible for the abatement after it did not meet the law’s local hiring requirements.

Councilmember Nadeau released the following statement:

“I’m proud of the new economic activity and daytime foot traffic the Line Hotel is bringing to Adams Morgan and the permanent jobs they have created for DC residents, but the terms of their $46 million abatement were clear about how many Ward 1 residents needed to fill construction jobs. Unfortunately, they didn’t meet this requirement. 

“This amendment is an attempt to make right the loss of opportunity for Ward 1 residents and the loss of construction jobs that were not created for them. The latest estimates say the District’s public housing has a $2.2 billion dollar maintenance backlog. The Housing Authority has classified several properties in Ward 1 as being in ‘extremely urgent’ condition and in need of repair, including Garfield Terrace, Kelly Miller/LeDroit and Harvard Towers. This funding will directly help Ward 1 residents living in public housing.”

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