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December 13, 2018
7:30 am - 9:30 am
ULI Headquarters
2001 L Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036 United States


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December 13, 2018
7:30- 8:00: Networking & Refreshments
8:00 – 9:00: Panel Discussion
9:00 – 9:30: Audience Q&A

Location: ULI Headquarters, 2001 L Street NW #200

It’s no surprise that there is a need for more “market-rate affordable” missing middle housing in the Washington DC Metro Area, especially in walkable and transit accessible locations. This lack of affordability doesn’t just affect low income residents but extends to moderate income families and millennial families, as well. One potential solution for addressing this affordability crisis, is to build more diverse housing types that can provide more “market-rate” affordable housing choices – often referred to as the “missing middle” (i.e. housing that fills the gap between single family homes and mid-to high-rise multi-family buildings). The housing typology commonly associated with the missing middle is not new. In fact these housing types, including duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, stacked flats, were fairly common in the first half of the 20th century. Why have these housing typologies largely disappeared from our current lexicon? And more importantly, given rising land and construction costs, what changes are necessary to make developing these housing typologies more feasible in today’s current market?

Join ULI Washington for a panel discussion that brings developers, investors, and policy leaders together to discuss the best practices used to address the housing gap.

Discussion questions:

  • Describe the various financing strategies or subsidies that may be available to facilitate developments addressing the ‘missing middle’ demands.
  • How do we incentivize building more market-rate missing middle product?
  • How can developments addressing the housing gap achieve profitability while positively impacting the community/neighbourhood they are built-in?
  • If duplexes and triplexes are possible housing typologies used to alleviate the ‘missing middle’ housing shortage, describe the changes in zoning/tax regulation(s) that may need to occur in order to facilitate new developments.
  • With rising land prices and construction costs, what can ‘for-profit’ developers expect to offer as ‘affordable’ home prices in our broader DC Metro Area?

Confirmed Panelists:

Moderator: Yolanda Cole, Senior Principal and owner, Hickok Cole Architects, Chair, ULI Washington District Council
Vicki Davis, Managing Partner, Urban Atlantic
Patricia Harris, Principal, Lerch Early Brewer
Bo Menkiti, Founder & CEO, The Menkiti Group
Michelle Winters, Executive Director, The Alliance for Housing Solutions


Click here to view a list of attendees.

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