Howard University / Pleasant Plains

Howard University / Pleasant Plains has been the neighborhood center for housing and commercial services for students, professors, administrators and professionals to the historically African-American community since the late 1800s.

Current renovations of many architecturally significant homes and townhouses will 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 & Ambling University Development Group are building a new 299-unit apartment building with 11,500 SF of retail space at Barry Place & Sherman Avenue. In addition, the Standard Material & Gyro Motor Co. building (770 Girard St.) will be redeveloped into 14 condos.

A Growing Campus

  • Two new dorms totaling 1,360 beds opened in 2014.
  • The new $70 million Interdisciplinary Research Building opened in 2015.
  • 10,000 Howard University students
  • 5,000 Howard University & Hospital staff

Great Streets Retail Small Business Grants

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. In 2017, up to $50,000 was awarded per location.

IN3 – DC’s First Inclusive Innovation Incubator

The 8,000 SF tech incubator will open in Wonder Plaza in April 2017 and is focused 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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