Ground Breaks on Shaw Mixed-Use Development
Mayor Bowser broke ground on The Wren in Shaw last week, according to a press release. The mixed-use project will include 430 apartment units (with 132 affordable units), retail and a Whole Foods Market.
“These types of projects are how we are creating pathways to the middle class for Washingtonians — through building more affordable housing, ensuring more residents have access to jobs and service-rich neighborhoods, and connecting community-based programs like In3 to the resources they need to support local entrepreneurs,” Mayor Bowser said in a statement.
According to the press release, the project will bring with it around $500,000 in community benefits to support local hiring, business, and entrepreneurship. The street and sidewalk at the Florida Avenue NW and Sherman Avenue NW intersection will receive improvements.
Those benefits will come from multiple grants, the press release explained. The Community Foundation of the National Capital Region will be granted $200,000 to support job training for residents within a 1-mile radius of the site. Shaw Main Streets will enjoy a $118,462 grant to make storefront and exterior improvements. A $142,155 grant will go to subsidize Howard University’s Inclusive Innovation Incubator (In3), a joint venture between DC Government and the historically black university, along with an additional $100,000 so the incubator can provide space and resources to its members.