Press Release: Residents and Supporters To Pack Courtroom & Protest Family Displacement
In Rapidly Gentrifying D.C., Developer is Using Aggressive Tactics to Evict Residents
(WASHINGTON) The Brookland Manor/Brentwood Village Residents Association, LinkUp and supporters from across the District will hold a public rally the morning of September 26 and pack Courtroom 1 inside the D.C. Appeals Court to raise awareness about the displacement of families from Brookland Manor, a Northeast D.C. apartment complex in the Rhode Island Avenue Corridor.
Mid-City Financial, developer and owner of the property, seeks to demolish existing buildings and push forward with their planned redevelopment of the community, which proposes to triple the number of apartments on 22 acres of land, replacing 535 affordable and spacious units ranging from one to five bedrooms, with over 1,750 luxury apartments, the overwhelming majority of which will be unaffordable to current residents. The development plan calls for eliminating all five bedrooms, most four bedrooms and providing just 64 three-bedroom units. It will reduce the overall number of affordable units to 373.
On September 26, following an 8:00 a.m. rally, the tenants and their legal team will argue their case before the D.C. Court of Appeals, and explain that the currently planned “RIA” development, taking place in the midst of a city-wide affordable housing crisis, will displace hundreds of residents and families.
Brookland Manor, acquired by Mid-City in 1977, provides affordable housing to multi-generational families and long-term residents, some of whom have lived there for decades. Mid-City has employed armed, private security forces to give citations for petty and arbitrary violations that are used as grounds for eviction, such as sitting outside or leaning on the fence. It has also lowered property maintenance standards, resulting in growing rodent infestation.
WHAT: 8:00AM Rally outside of the D.C. Appeals Court; 9:30AM Pack Courtroom 1
WHEN: TODAY, Thursday, September 26
WHERE: DC Appeals Court, 430 E St. NW Washington, D.C. 20001
Brookland Manor Factsheet
An Assessment of the Need for Large Units in the District of Columbia - June 2019 study commissioned by Ward 5 Councilmember McDuffie, which confirms the need of affordable units for families in DC.
Article from Washington Legal Clinic with background on Brookland Manor case