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NCI Solicitation Opportunity: Building Community Relations

The District of Columbia Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), (the “District”) is seeking a contractor with the professional expertise in building community relations, building up, reinforcing, improving and strengthening New Communities Initiative’s (NCI’s) local and national profile and reputation. The goal of NCI is to build sound NCI policies and improve the programs that promote and support NCI’s vulnerable communities’ population.

Responses are due August 31st, 2016.

Request for Proposals No. DCEB-2016-R-0002

 

 

Northwest One Our RFP Engagement

NW1 pictureThis summer, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) held two community meetings, on June 21, and July 26, to get input on priorities for the redevelopment of Northwest One as part of Mayor Bowser’s OurRFP initiative. The OurRFP process aims to gather community input at the start of a solicitation process so that the community’s desires are considered in the solicitation for any future development.

Park Morton PUD Update

The PUD, or Planned Unit Development application for the redevelopment of Park Morton and 3012 Georgia Avenue, NW, has been submitted to the Zoning Commission. The application calls for approximately 462 units of housing, including 147 replacement public housing units as part of a mixed-income development spread across the two sites. The application also includes new park space at both sites, as well as new street connections. The plans were presented to ANC 1A on July 13, 2016, and the presentation can be viewed here:

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2015 Annual Report Released

The New Communities Initiative is pleased to release it’s 2015 Annual Report , which highlights the  key work and accomplishments of the past year, and provides a snapshot of upcoming milestones for the future. While redevelopment often focuses on the physical elements, or “bricks and mortar,” the 2015 Annual Report showcases the people that  live and work in these communities and help make change happen. In our “Faces of NCI” video gallery, you can hear directly from residents, service providers, and our development partners on how New Communities is making an impact.

Park Morton Master Plan Released

On January 28th, 2016, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the DC Housing Authority, and the master development team for Park Morton presented the master plan update to the community and engaged in dialogue around the plan. A copy of the presentation can be found here:

5201 Hayes Street “(Deanwood Hills)” Receives Preliminary Zoning Approval

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On October 15th, 2015, the Zoning Commission held a public hearing on the proposed PUD Application and Zoning Map Amendment for 5201 Hayes Street, NE, otherwise known as Deanwood Hills. The site is a 2-acre former trash-transfer facility that will be developed into 150 units of multifamily housing in the Deanwood neighborhood of Ward 7. The project will deliver top quality, new construction of family-sized replacement public housing units to the site, with additional affordable units in a mixed-income setting. The project will also greatly improve the public space around the site with new sidewalks, tree plantings, street lights, playground space, and widening of an existing paper alley. The replay of the hearing and the full Zoning Commission case can be viewed here.  The project is scheduled to break ground in the spring of 2016.

Director of New Communities Departs, Takes New Role at Housing Authority

Kimberly Black King, the Director of the New Communities Initiative (NCI), has accepted a position with the DC Housing Authority as their Chief Development Officer. In her new role, Ms. King will oversee planning and development activities for the Housing Authority’s portfolio of over 8,000 units of public housing. Ms. King will still be actively involved in the redevelopment of the four neighborhoods under NCI.

Park Morton Master Developer Selected

The District of Columbia Housing Authority Board of Commissioners selected Park View Community Partners to be the team to lead redevelopment of Park Morton apartments. Park View Community Partners is comprised of The Community Builders, Inc.; Dantes Partners, LLC; Torti Gallas Urban; Harkins Builders, Inc.; and Klein Hornig, LLP. “This redevelopment team was chosen based […]

Human Capital Partner Higher Achievement to receive Validation Grant from U.S. Department of Education

Last week, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the highest rated applications for the prestigious Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition. Higher Achievement, a New Communities  human capital grantee, was among the top applications and will receive a “Validation Grant” of nearly $12 million over five years for expansion within their four affiliates (Baltimore, DC Metro, Pittsburgh, and Richmond). This success is a significant accomplishment for Higher Achievement, and the success is a testament to the quality of the program,  the hard work of the staff and board, and most importantly the student scholars who participate in the program. New Communities is a proud supporter  of Higher Achievement, which has several programs serving student scholars in the Lincoln Heights and Richardson Dwellings neighborhoods.

“Of course this type of milestone would not have been possible without supporters like ODMPED and the New Communities Initiative. Thanks for helping us further our mission and reach more students than ever before.” –Emerald Stewart, Grants Manager, Higher Achievement.

Receiving the i3 grant is one of the highest honors in the education field. Of note, over 400 organizations applied this year and only three were awarded the Validation level grant.

To get involved, and for more information on Higher Achievements program, please contact info@higherachievement.org.

    

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