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.
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 $90,000.
elegance that complements the historic architecture of Capitol Hill,
Ellen Wilson has received seven national awards for excellence in design