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Ward 8 Residents Propose 'Displacement-Free Zone' to Prevent Gentrification

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Rendering of planned Washington Wizards practice facility in Congress Heights

With a new $55 million Washington Wizards practice facility planned on the St. Elizabeth's East campus, Ward 8 residents are anticipating a business boom in Congress Heights that could result in gentrification. Washington City Paper reported that during a community meeting on Monday, residents proposed declaring the area a "displacement-free zone." What this means is that for a certain amount of time there would be a temporary prohibition on property tax increases for residences and small businesses. Washington City Paper further reported that there is no certainty that a property tax cap would help residents. Take a look at what plans are in store for the St. Elizabeth's East campus here or what to expect from the new Wizards facility here.
· Congress Heights Residents Want Wizards Deal And 'Displacement-Free Zone' To Go With It [Washington City Paper]
· See What the New Wizards Practice Facility Will Look Like [Curbed DC]
· See What to Expect from the St. Elizabeth's East First Phase [Curbed DC]
· Mapping Gentrification in Washington, D.C. [Curbed DC]

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