Councilman to protest development project in Southeast DC

Councilman to protest development project in Southeast DC (ABC7)

The Maple View Flats Development is a $50 million project that is expected to feature 114 affordable housing units, retail and parking in the 2200 block of Martin Luther King Junior Avenue in Southeast Washington.

“I don’t want to look back and our condition of our ward is in a worst condition than we was before this,” said Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White.

White says he wants to see more skilled workers from Ward 8 involved in the project, which was awarded to Chapman Development in 2012.

“They are not hiring locally and that’s a problem for me,” said White. “We did do our due diligence and met with Tim Chapman and he said he was going to reconvene a meeting with Bozzuto, but that meeting never happened.”

White will voice his demands in protests scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

“We have capable businesses in Ward 8, construction companies in Ward 8,” said White. “But somehow we see people from Maryland and Virginia every day.”

ABC7 News reached out to Bozzuto, Chapman Development and the mayor’s office. The mayor’s office did not have a comment.

The Chapman Development and Bozzuto released the following statement Wednesday:

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