Tell Bowser and McDuffie: Stand Against “RIA” Displacement Plan at Brookland Manor

To be delivered to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, and Ward 5 Council Member Kenyan McDuffie

We, the undersigned, are deeply concerned about the ongoing displacement of tenants from Brookland Manor Apartments ahead of Mid-City Financial’s proposed “RIA” luxury redevelopment project. We are aware of reports that Mid-City Financial continues to engage in retaliatory behavior, and continues to employ intimidation tactics against members of the Brookland Manor/Brentwood Village Residents Association, who are organizing to protect their families and homes.

We are additionally aware of deteriorating conditions at Brookland Manor, including rat infestation at the property that are a health and safety hazard to children and families. It is our view, that your offices are overseeing the rapid gentrification of the Rhode Island Avenue Corridor, and the mass displacement of Native Washingtonians from Ward 5, amidst a city-wide housing crisis,. As such, we are demanding the following:

  • That the Mayor of the District of Columbia demand from Mid-City Financial (the owner/developer at Brookland Manor) that the  $47 million dollars in public money that was given to the project be used to preserve 535 units of deeply affordable housing on site at their original bedroom sizes and subsidy levels. If Mid-City refuses to do this, we demand that the Mayor publicly oppose the remaining stages of the developer’s zoning approvals and make clear to the zoning Commission that she does not consider this project to be the in public interest of the citizens of the District of Columbia.

  • That Council member Kenyan McDuffie release a statement in support of an inclusive redevelopment, that protects and preserves 535 units of affordable housing at their original bedroom sizes and subsidy levels.

  • That Council member Kenyan McDuffie write a letter urging Mid-City Financial to cease and desist any and all acts of retaliation and intimidation against residents engaged in community organizing, as well as, urging Mid-City Financial to instruct Edgewood Management to respond to growing and urgent maintenance needs on the property.

  • That Council member Kenyon McDuffie make clear to the D.C. Zoning Commission that he will not continue to support this project and does not think it is in the public interest of the citizens of the District of Columbia unless the above demands are met.

Further, we as signatories, are in full solidarity with the Brookland Manor/Brentwood Village Residents Association demands, including the preservation of at least 535 affordable units at existing subsidy levels, including the same number of 3, 4, and 5 bedroom units, as part of Mid-City’s redevelopment plan.

Petition Authors: Brookland Manor/Brentwood Village Residents Association and LinkUp.

Mid-City is destroying families, by getting rid of the 4 and 5 bedrooms, causing them to separate. We are feeling like throw-away people. You’re throwing us away like trash! Like if you don’t see us, that’s the best thing in the world. I really feel that they want to destroy families.
— Yvonne Johnson, Vice President, Brookland Manor/Brentwood Village Residents Association

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#StopDisplacement supporters:
Photo of 2018 demolition of Block 7, part of the Saratoga Avenue side of the Brookland Manor property, following an intensive evictions campaign led by Mid-City Financial against residents and families in the community. Many residents and families were displaced and broken apart. Since the clearing and demolition of Block 7, thanks to the organizing efforts of the Brookland Manor/Brentwood Village Residents Association, their attorneys at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and other community and legal partners, no other Blocks on the property have been successfully cleared. The Residents Association continues to defend families and homes against planned displacement by Mid-City’s “RIA” redevelopment. Photo Credit: Brookland Manor/Brentwood Village Residents Association.

Photo of 2018 demolition of Block 7, part of the Saratoga Avenue side of the Brookland Manor property, following an intensive evictions campaign led by Mid-City Financial against residents and families in the community. Many residents and families were displaced and broken apart. Since the clearing and demolition of Block 7, thanks to the organizing efforts of the Brookland Manor/Brentwood Village Residents Association, their attorneys at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and other community and legal partners, no other Blocks on the property have been successfully cleared. The Residents Association continues to defend families and homes against planned displacement by Mid-City’s “RIA” redevelopment. Photo Credit: Brookland Manor/Brentwood Village Residents Association.