Torti Gallas is pleased to announce the opening of The Nannie Helen at 4800, an exciting mixed-use project that creates an active and vibrant residential community, providing many benefits to the residents and the larger Deanwood community of Washington, DC. The project is 100% affordable housing and 1/3 of the 70 residences are replacement public housing units as part of the Lincoln Heights/Richardson Dwellings New Communities Initiative for the District of Columbia Housing Authority.

The project includes a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. The ground floor units have adjacent outdoor space and several of the units include outdoor balconies. The project also includes an 800 square foot Fitness Center and an outdoor, rubberized surface playground area for children.

An approved Planned Unit Development (PUD) plan was established through engagement with the community and city agencies including the consolidation of 10 consecutive parcels located along Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, NE. The Nannie Helen’s urban design repairs the eroded urban fabric by re-establishing the street edge and creating a vital mixed-use destination. The project is located within a 15 minute walk of three Metro stations and is served by a major bus route. The public realm and building design provide pedestrian and bicycle access and connectivity to the existing street network with elements such as wide sidewalks, adequate lighting, and street trees.

Given the site’s urban location, a focus on reducing the heat island effect is also an important goal, which will be achieved through the use of reflective roofing and paving that is light colored or shaded. Pervious pavement is provided in the parking areas and a biorention swale reduces the amount of stormwater sent to the sewer system.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor L. Hoskins, government partners, and development team partners helped celebrate the grand opening, where Mayor Gray said, “Opening The Nannie Helen at 4800 is a significant milestone in our continued efforts to preserve and produce affordable housing in the District.”