The residents of Brookland Manor, a large apartment complex in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, D.C., are suing the owner Mid-City Financial Corp. over the upcoming redevelopment plans reports the DCist's Rachel Sadon. The residents argue that the eight blocks of redevelopment planned for the complex discriminates against large families.
An overhaul of the 20-acre site just south of Brookland—which has already been scaled back due to density concerns—would replace the 19 garden apartment buildings (currently totaling 535 apartments) with 1,760 residential units and 181,000 square feet of retail, according to the Washington Business Journal. The plans call for keeping 373 subsidized units—the same that there is now. But according to the suit, that wouldn't include any four- or five-bedrooms and a limited number of three-bedrooms. Large families would likely find it difficult to return to the redevelopment or find comparable affordable units in the neighborhood. According to Catherine Cone, an attorney with the Washington Lawyers’ Committee's Fair Housing Project, about 150 families who currently reside in three-, four-, and five-bedroom apartments would be affected.
This isn't the first time that Mid-City Financial Corp. has appeared in the news. The Washington Post previously investigated the company for pursuing evictions over as little as $25 in unpaid rent, which residents speculated was a tactic to try and clear the residents out for the redevelopment.