July 7th of 2014 marked the passing of DCCH's President & CEO for over 26 years, Mr. Robert L. Moore. He oversaw the rise of an entire community by organizing and leading a variety of community improvement collaborations that included non-profit organizations, for-profit entities and neighborhood civic improvement organizations that worked together to promote inclusive revitalization in a variety of housing and economic development projects.
Since 1984, The Development Corporation of Columbia Heights (DCCH) has participated in the development of several commercial projects for the betterment of Columbia Heights. The Nehemiah Project, the headquarters for the multi-service Latin American Youth Center (LAYC), the Tivoli Square renovation, and the 500,000 square foot DC USA retail complex have been our most noted developments. In 1991, after years of underdevelopment in Columbia Heights, DCCH received a grant from the Meyer Foundation to create a master plan for bringing home ownership and retail businesses back to the neighborhood. The 18,000 square foot Nehemiah Retail Center was the result. It opened on Belmont and 14th Streets in 1995 and brought neighborhood serving businesses such as a convenience store, a bank, restaurant and laundromat. The project was the first development to begin to replace the businesses that were destroyed in the 1968 civil disorders, after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.