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 & RISE delivered Trellis House in Q3 2018–a new 319-unit apartment building with 11,500 SF of retail space at Barry Place & Sherman Avenue.
  • 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

A Growing Campus

  • The 1,730-bed East & West Towers completed a $71 million renovation in 2017–18.
  • The new $70 million Interdisciplinary Research Building opened in 2015.
  • The Howard Center building’s floors 3-9 are being transformed into 176 apartments for students, faculty, staff, and associates.
  • 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 2018, up to $50,000 was awarded per location.

IN3 – DC’s First Inclusive Innovation Incubator

The 8,000 SF tech incubator opened in Wonder Plaza in April 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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