Wilson, Washington, DC
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Its proximity to the U.S. Capitol made the Ellen Wilson neighborhood
one of the most urgent symbols of the Nation's failed public housing
policy. Vacant since 1988, Ellen Wilson had become home to squatters
and drug addicts. Telesis became the lead member of a revitalization
team to plan and develop a new neighborhood.
1993, a $25 million HOPE VI grant was awarded to the project based
on an urban plan developed by Telesis that created 134 new cooperative
ownership units, a community center, and 13 market-rate townhouses. A
construction training program employed area residents during the
demolition and building of the new neighborhood. The community, now
fully occupied, serves a mix of incomes from less than $9,000 to over
an elegance that complements the historic architecture of Capitol Hill,
Ellen Wilson has received seven national awards for excellence in
design and construction.