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LeDroit Park is a historic central city neighborhood located in the geographic center of the nation's capital directly south of the central campus of Howard University. This largely African American, moderate- income community of 3,817 people has received large infusions of private investment through the LeDroit Park Initiative, a partnership between Howard University, Fannie Mae and the Fannie Mae Foundation. The Initiative is responsible for the rehabilitation and new construction of housing and extensive planning for streetscape redesign, the development of a cultural district and a regional recreational park that abut the community's southern and northern borders respectively. Investments made and planned by the LeDroit Park Initiative total $181,597,000.
In addition to the investments made through the LeDroit Park Initiative, the D. C. Department of Public Works is investing in the preparation of construction documents of the area's transportation infrastructure to implement the Initiative's design concept at a cost of $250,000, and has committed an additional investment of $5,000,000 in infrastructure improvements. Howard University has committed U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant funds to assist Manna (a local non-profit housing developer) and the People's Involvement Corporation (an area community development corporation) in the planned rehabilitation and existing new construction of area housing the total project cost of which exceeds $6,395,000.
The Howard University/LeDroit Park Infrastructure Project implements the Initiative's streetscape redesign in a manner that would complement and physically link the existing revitalized residential heart of the historic district to planned cultural and regional recreation amenities envisioned by the LeDroit Park Initiative. The project would support the construction of a traffic circle, four gateways and a traffic park that announce and connect the signature neighborhood uses within the historic district, including the University itself, along the special streets and arterials that traverse the historic district. It will also extend the existing Black History Trail to the west, eastward through the historic district.