The DC Housing Authority Board of Commissioners voted to approve A&R Development and Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) as the master planning and development team to lead the Barry Farm redevelopment. The selection marks the completion of a competitive solicitation process initiated in the Fall of 2012 by the DC Housing Authority in partnership with the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. The DC Housing Authority received a total of seven proposals that met the threshold requirements as outlined in the RFQ. The final selection process included substantive involvement from current residents of Barry Farm and Wade Apartments. In addition to numerous community meetings, representatives from the resident population were selected to be serve on the evaluation panel and participate in the selection process. The evaluation panel also included representatives from the DC Housing Authority and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.
Later this fall and winter, the POAH/A&R team will begin a community engagement process for developing a long-term vision spelling out the goals, community elements, and amenities for the redevelopment of the Barry Farm community. Additionally, the POAH/A&R team, working in concert with the DC Housing Authority and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, will seek private financing of the community-based redevelopment plan. In 2014, the DC Housing Authority plans to compete for a HUD Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grant to help fund the community-based redevelopment plan.