Senior Co-Housing Proposed for Hill East
Co-housing is coming to Hill East, but not for the generation you might be expecting. According to the Washington City Paper, Washington, D.C. has selected a proposal for the former Eastern Branch Boys and Girls Club that would see the space become “senior co-housing.”
The space will become 29 independent living units, according to the proposal, two of which would be reserved for caregivers. The 11,000 square-foot building will be taken on by Century Associates, Eco Housing Corp., and Keystar Real Estate.
The biggest part of co-housing is the shared spaces. According to the proposal, the “Common House” will include cooking and dining amenities, a living space with televisions, guest suites, and recreational space.
According to the proposal, the exterior will be preserved and upgraded with solar panels and a green roof.
The proposal noted some of the benefits of co-housing for seniors, which include the health benefits that come from social interaction and having “work” to do. The extended family of residents will find some peace of mind knowing that neighbors would notice unusual behavior or absence. The community will also be there to help those who need it.
“This is a big win for Ward 6 and our neighbors,” D.C. Councilmember Charles Allen said in a statement to the Washington City Paper.
As for the upcoming process, the terms of the proposal must be finalized, after which the D.C. Council will vote on it.