Vernon Davis, left, and Tom
Kadida, celebrated the groundbreaking of Gloriana, an eight-unit townhouse
project in D.C.'s Bloomingdale neighborhood on Aug. 16.
While better known for his role as a tight end for
Washington's NFL team, Vernon Davisis trying out a new set of skills
he hopes will leave a more enduring mark on the District's Bloomingdale
neighborhood: real estate development.
Davis is part of the team that broke ground
earlier this month on Gloriana, an eight-unit townhouse project being developed
on the site of the former Medhane Alem Eritrean Church at 150 S St. NW. The
D.C. native is an investor in the project, being developed by a team including
Kadida Development Group, United Investments and Alliance Development Co. as
the project's general contractor.
A Dunbar High School grad and former Maryland
Terrapin standout, Davis has dabbled in real estate investing since 2015, and
he was even pitched to put money into the troubled Fifth and
Eye project in D.C.'s Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. He was
attracted to the church redevelopment for the chance to be a part of something
being created from the ground up.