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Barry Farm: Mayor Bowser Breaks Ground on The Asberry

September 26, 2022

Executive Office of the Mayor

Mayor Bowser Breaks Ground on The Asberry, the First On Site Building Delivered Under the New Communities Initiative at Barry Farm

Monday, September 26, 2022

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) broke ground on the first, on site building to be delivered under the New Communities Initiative at Barry Farm, a historically significant project for African Americans in Washington, DC. The Asberry, a mixed-use building with 108 units of affordable rental senior (55+) housing and approximately 5,000 square feet of commercial space, will be located on 1200 Sumner Road SE across from the Barry Farm Recreation Center.

Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc. (POAH) and District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) will serve as co-developers for the site redevelopment. Once completed, the new overall redevelopment of Barry Farm will be a vibrant mixed-income community that will include at least 900 new affordable rental and for-sale housing units, of which 380 will be public housing replacement units.

“The construction of The Asberry is the result of a collaboration between the residents of Barry Farm, the DC Housing Authority, the Ward 8 community, DMPED, and POAH,” said Rodger Brown, Managing Director of Real Estate at POAH. “We appreciate the opportunity to be part of this important affordable housing initiative.” read Mayor's press release