(Washington, DC) – DC Green Bank and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) are pleased to announce the closing of $7.5 million in construction financing for the development of Cycle House, a mixed-use net-zero energy affordable housing property in Northwest Washington, DC. This groundbreaking project will breathe new life into a long-vacant site along North Capitol Street, adding 18 units of affordable housing and commercial space to the Truxton Circle neighborhood in Ward 5. The net-zero building will produce at least as much energy as it consumes each year by harnessing solar energy from a rooftop solar installation and a rear solar parking canopy and by utilizing fuel cells. The project is also targeting both LEED Platinum and Passive House sustainability certifications, setting a high standard for eco-friendly construction in the area.
In addition to creating affordable housing units, the sustainable design of Cycle House will reduce utility costs for residents and establish a model for clean energy affordable housing construction. Each unit will feature high-efficiency HVAC systems, Energy Star appliances, and EPA WaterSense fixtures.
$2 million of the construction financing was invested by DC Green Bank, supporting Mayor Bowser’s goals to deliver at 36,000 new housing units – including at least 12,000 affordable housing units – by 2025 as well as achieving carbon neutrality for the District by 2045. “We are proud to partner with LISC to deliver affordable housing in Ward 5 that places inclusive prosperity at the forefront. Cycle House will result in direct health and environment benefits, while keeping residents rooted in their neighborhoods,” said Trisha Miller, Chief Executive Officer at DC Green Bank. “Every District resident deserves access to affordable and sustainable housing and the Cycle House project demonstrates Mayor Bowser’s steadfast leadership on this critical issue.”
“We’ve reached an inflection point—we must decide whether the green economy is going to include low-income residents or bypass them. Or worse, push them out of DC altogether,” said Ramon Jacobson, Executive Director, LISC DC. “The many public and private partners on this project demonstrate that affordability and sustainability can go hand in hand. LISC is proud to support Cycle House with more than $19.5 million, which includes an $11.2 million equity investment for LIHTC syndication from LISC affiliate, the National Equity Fund (NEF).”
The name “Cycle House” reflects the plan to include bicycle amenities designed to maximize the ease of cycling for building residents. The bicycle-friendly living environment will provide free bicycle storage for each unit along with a bicycle-friendly elevator, allowing residents to ride seamlessly from their front door to the street level. Located on North Capitol Street NW in Ward 5, Cycle House is a transit-oriented location within three blocks of Metro stations.
The proposal for this mixed-use project by Urban Green and VNV Development received unanimous support from the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC). In addition to the residential spaces, the Cycle House development team has designed 1,525 square feet of commercial space to be leased. The building will be constructed using a modular approach, enabling portions of the project to be constructed off-site, which will result in a shorter construction completion period. Cycle House is expected to be completed by January 2025.
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