On Monday, the DC Housing Authority “(DCHA)” in partnership with the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development “(DMPED)” released a REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS for qualified planning and development teams for the redevelopment of the Park Morton public housing site in Ward 1. There will be a pre-proposal conference on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014, at 2:00pm at the DC Housing Authority (1133 North Capitol Street, NE, Suite 300). The deadline to submit questions is Wednesday, April 30th, 2014, and final responses are due on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
The Park Morton community is located in Ward 1, proximate to the Georgia Avenue corridor, Petworth and Park View neighborhoods. The community is located within one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the District with a legacy of being a center of African-American commerce and activity. Ward 1 has been impacted by significant increases in residential development and an influx of new households into the community. Between 2000 and 2005, over 2,000 housing units were built in the ward and 1,500 additional units were under construction or in the pipeline. Despite this rapid growth, there remain several pockets of concentrated poverty where residents lack quality, affordable housing, supportive services, and access to quality open space, healthcare, and recreation.
The Park Morton site comprises of 174 two-bedroom units on approximately 3.66 acres and is currently improved with 12 three-story, walk-up buildings. Each walk-up building consists of 12-13 units. The first phase of the Redevelopment Plan began with 27 units of replacement public housing located at The Avenue on Georgia Avenue. Click here to read more about the Park Morton redevelopment plan.