Economic Development & Infrastructure

Ward 4 is, undoubtedly, the next frontier for robust economic development in the District of Columbia. Councilmember Todd is committed to developing a sound and sustainable strategy that is collaborative and reflects the interests of ALL residents and business owners. Some of Councilmember Todd’s accomplishments in economic development include:

  • Supported annual investments of $100 million in the Housing Production Trust Fund, which has funded the initiation or completion over 1,200 units of affordable housing units in Ward 4 since Councilmember Todd took office.
  • Established two Ward 4 Main Streets Programs to spur business development by providing grant funding as well as training and technical assistance to local small enterprises:
    • Uptown Main Street (Kennedy Street, NW and Upper 14th Street, NW)
    • South Dakota Avenue/Riggs Road, NE Main Street
  • Advanced the redevelopment of the Walter Reed campus, which will include affordable housing, retail, medical, commercial, recreation and green space, and the new DC International School. The project will create 6,000 jobs, generate $1 billion in revenue to fund city services, and transform Walter Reed into a vibrant city center in the heart of Northwest.
  • Completed the Ward 4 Short-Term Family Housing shelter at 5th & Kennedy Streets, NW. This facility provides clean, safe, and dignified short-term housing and wrap-around services to 45 Ward 4 families experiencing homelessness.
  • Advocated for and secured $1.4 million in funding for the 59 express bus line, connecting Ward 4 neighborhoods up and down 14th Street with Takoma and Federal Triangle Metros, reducing commute time, and lessening congestion.  
  • Established and convened the Kennedy Street, NW Economic Development and Small Business Revitalization Advisory Committee
  • Secured funding for an Upper 14th Street Clean team to keep this business corridor clean and attractive for shoppers and future investment.
  • Supported and advocated for Ward 4 small businesses in receiving “Great Streets” grants to support business investment and growth.
  • Announced the opening of a new Target store at Georgia Avenue & Eastern Avenue, NW, bringing valuable neighborhood-serving retail and 55 jobs to the community.
  • Hosted the Inaugural Ward 4 Small Business Summit to connect business owners with resources and expertise.

Infrastructure

  • Completed the $10 million Streetscape Improvement Project that brought new sidewalks, lighting, tree boxes, crosswalks, landscaping, public art, litter receptacles, bike racks, and curb accessibility to the Kennedy Street corridor.
  • Completed 77 green infrastructure projects across Ward 4 that reduce the risk of flooding and improve water quality in Rock Creek and the Potomac River.  
  • Completed repaving of Piney Branch Parkway.
  • Completed DC Water’s Oregon Avenue sewer rehabilitation project, as well as planning and community outreach for upcoming $21 million roadway reconstruction project, expected completion in Q1 2021.
  • Added numerous Capitol Bikeshare stations throughout Ward 4.
  • Continue working with the National Park Service, District Department of Transportation, and ANC 4B to finalize Met Branch Trail design and alignment through Ward 4.
  • Continue to work with the Department of Transportation to identify and resolve a myriad of issues with streets, alleys, curbs, trees and sidewalks through the Ward.