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Howard University / Pleasant Plains

SINCE THE LATE 1800S, PLEASANT PLAINS has been home to a historically African-American community and continues to be distinguished by black-owned businesses and community leadership.

Pleasant Plains is the neighborhood center for Howard University’s housing and commercial services for students, professors, administrators, international visitors and professionals. Current renovations of many architecturally significant homes and townhouses provide new residential opportunities that embrace not only the neighborhood’s history, but its proximity to downtown, medical services, and the Metrorail.

NEW DEVELOPMENT

  • Howard University & RISE delivered Trellis House—a 319-unit apartment building with 11,500 SF of retail space at Barry Place & Sherman Avenue-in 2018.
  • The Wren is a 10-story, 433- unit apartment building with 49,000 SF of retail, anchored by a Whole Foods, with a 2020 delivery.

HOWARD UNIVERSITY’S GROWING CAMPUS

  • The AXIS redevelopment transformed the Howard Center building’s floors 3-9 into 176 studio and one- bedroom apartments for graduate students, faculty, staff, and main campus associates in 2019.
  • The Bond Partnership has been selected to develop Howard’s Bond Bread Factory and Washington Railway & Electric Company site into multifamily, hotel, restaurant and retail, as well as a marketplace and a public park.

GREAT STREETS AND MAIN STREETS

Georgia Avenue is a designated Great Streets corridor. As funds become available, small businesses can apply for grants to cover capital improvements and certain soft costs. The corridor is also supported by the Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street program through community- based economic development.

IN3 – DC’S FIRST INCLUSIVE INNOVATION INCUBATOR

The 8,000 SF tech incubator opened in Wonder Plaza in 2017 and focuses on communities and entrepreneurs that are currently underrepresented in the innovation ecosystem. In3 is a partnership between the DC government, Howard University, and Luma Lab.

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