"As a City, and as a Ward, we must preserve and increase housing that everyone can afford if we truly value our diverse, inclusive and vibrant communities." -- Kent Boese
Everyone who calls the District home deserves a clean and safe place to live. Yet, the rising cost of housing prices and rents in the District of Columbia makes it harder for many residents to stay in their homes and apartments. Housing affordability and employment are among the most critical challenges facing the District of Columbia.
To bring the cost of housing back into reach, the focus of the District government needs to be on:
- increasing housing stock in the District and supporting neighborhood servicing development;
- supporting efforts to grow the economy and create more good paying jobs; and,
- working to preserve the District’s older and more affordable apartment buildings and houses.
Kent has been actively engaged as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner to leverage development that includes a healthy mix of housing affordable to households of all incomes. His participation in development projects in and near Ward 1 is preserving and creating over 457 units of deeply affordable and workforce housing, with 166 units serving seniors. Kent has also worked with developers to get over 400 units of market rate housing in the development pipeline for the Ward 1 community.
Kent's efforts include:
- Working with the Holladay Corporation to preserve the facades of the Alsco/Linens of the Week property and convert the buildings to 225 new housing units (read more details here).
- Worked with the developer to preserve and incorporate the William Sidney Pittman church at 777 Morton Street into a new housing development creating 24 new housing units.
- Worked with the developer to preserve and incorporate the church at 625 Park Road into a new housing development creating 31 new housing units.
One of Kent's signature achievements is his successful advocacy to redevelop the Park Morton Housing Complex. The project will not only preserve and expand affordable housing in Ward 1, but also is key to supporting small businesses and economic growth on the Georgia Avenue corridor. The redevelopment plan:
- Preserves 147 units of low-income housing.
- Creates 155 new workforce housing units.
- Creates 78 new senior housing units.
- Creates 160 new market rate units.
- Creates a permanent park at Georgia Avenue and Columbia Road.
Kent actively supported the project by:
- Working diligently with the Park Morton community, neighbors, and DMPED to create a successful plan to rebuild the aging Park Morton housing complex.
- Serving on the Park Morton Redevelopment Steering Committee (October 2015 to present).
- Drafting and shepherding resolutions of support for the Park Morton Project, which were approved by ANC1A (read ANC1A resolutions supporting Cases 16-11 and 16-12).
- Testifying before the DC Council on November 28, 2016, at the surplus and disposition hearing for the build-first site (read testimony before DC Council here).
- Testifying before the Zoning Commission on December 5, 2016, and December 8, 2016, in favor of the project (read before Zoning Commission here).