Paradise at Parkside
Revitalizing Paradise at Parkside was a seminal moment in the history of Telesis, CT, and Neighborhood Associates Corporation. In 1986 Telesis purchased 672 units in the Kenilworth-Parkside neighborhood, one of the most distressed areas of Washington, DC, and host to one of the country's largest open-air drug markets. This was the first step in carrying out a neighborhood revitalization plan developed by Telesis, the District, and residents.
In the years that followed, Telesis carried out the rehabilitation of Paradise Manor and the construction of Parkside Townhomes.
In the process, Telesis joined forces with over 300 resident families, numerous neighborhood groups, the police, and the Nation of Islam, and leveraged $70 million for extensive rehabilitation, construction, landscaping, and community transformation efforts.
The new homes attracted a mix of low and moderate-income renters and homebuyers who have added stability to the neighborhood, while carefully avoiding displacement.
The greater Parkside neighborhood has thrived as well -- it is home to the Cesar Chavez Public Charter School; the renovated Nevil Thomas Elementary School; Unity Parkside Health Center; and new senior housing and townhomes. In addition, the neighborhood received $500,000 as one of the Department of Education’s 21 national Promise Neighborhoods, and a $300,000 Choice Neighborhood planning grant from HUD.