“The key to building a fairer and stronger economy in DC is to make sure everyone benefits from the
city’s growth. That’s why I support Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White’s call to make sure the developer
of the Ward 8 Maple View Flats Development project hires local residents. When developers profit from
Ward 8 and other communities, they also should be expected to give back, especially through local hiring.
The $50 million Maple View Flats project, being developed by Chapman Development and Bozzuto, will create over 110 homes affordable to moderate-income families, as well as retail space in Anacostia. Done right, this project could bring the kind of development that Ward 8 residents want.
But it is just as important to make sure that development creates family-sustaining jobs. That’s the key to helping all residents share in DC’s prosperity, to addressing the growing Black-white unemployment inequity in DC, and to enabling residents to stay in their community as it develops. Without a jobs push, all of the development coming to Ward 8 could leave residents behind and add to the displacement of low income residents already occurring in other parts of DC.
Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White has called on the developer to do more to ensure that the communities he represents are included in the gains from this project, including making sure the contractor hires locally.
He is organizing a protest to call on the developer to do the right thing. When developers invest in a community, we should demand they invest in its people, not just its property. I fully support Councilmember Trayon White’s call to action.
As Chair of the Council, I would use the power of my office to ensure that when development takes place, it is fair and inclusive. Part of that commitment means hiring locally and providing good jobs with benefits. Let’s make sure that as we move forward, we don’t leave anyone behind.”
- Ed Lazere