On April 10, 2017 DMPED and DCHA hosted a community meeting with the residents of Lincoln Heights, Richardson Dwellings and greater Deanwood community. Community members heard background information on the New Communities Initiative (NCI), the progress that has been made to date, and future redevelopment plans. After the initial NCI presentation, community members were divided into three (3) discussion groups to share their opinions on how they want to see their community grow and improve. Below is the presentation from the meeting, a handout on the Lincoln Heights and Richardson Dwellings redevelopment plan, and a summary of the feedback received at the meeting. The feedback and questions received will be used to develop a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document in the near future.
Lincoln Heights: Updates
On February 22, 2017 DMPED and DCHA hosted a community engagement meeting with the residents of the Lincoln Heights and Richardson Dwellings communities to discuss plans to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP)
to select a Master Developer for the onsite development of Lincoln Heights. The meeting provided attendees information on the New Communities Initiative and reviewed the goals identified in the 2006 Revitalization plan for the communities. Attendees were also provided information on real estate development and human capital projects that are underway. Finally, the participants were asked to provide feedback on their vision for the new community. The feedback received from the group is provided in the Group Discussion Feedback document below.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earlier this year, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development commissioned a team of affordable housing experts, led by Quadel Consulting, to examine the New Communities Initiative (NCI) and make recommendations to enhance the program. The final report provides analysis on key lessons learned since the development of NCI, as well as the challenges, opportunities, and solutions to facilitate successful implementation.
The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) invites the submission of applications for the Great Streets Small Business Capital Improvement Grants beginning on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th, 2014. DMPED will award individual grants of up to a maximum of $85,000 for small business owners to improve their place of business. The grant application will be available on the Great Streets website at greatstreets.dc.gov beginning on September 9th.
The Great Streets Initiative began in 2006, the same time the New Communities Initiative was established by former Mayor Anthony Williams. Great Streets is a commercial revitalization initiative to transform emerging corridors throughout the District of Columbia into thriving and inviting neighborhood centers. Three New Communities neighborhoods are located near a Great Streets Corridor:
- Georgia Avenue in Park Morton
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue in Barry Farm
- Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue in Lincoln Heights
The New Communities website now features interactive maps for each of the four NCI neighborhoods. Viewers can select maps for each neighborhood, which include separate categories that highlight the existing housing in the neighborhood, redevelopment to date, public amenities that have been created through NCI, and plans for future development activity. Links for each neighborhood can be found on the homepage, as well as each neighborhood page, and can also be accessed here:
The DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development is pleased to share with you its 2014 Annual Report for New Communities. The Annual Report provides an overview and background on the Initiative, and highlights overall progress to date. Additionally, the report provides project updates on each of the four neighborhoods, and offers a preview for the year ahead.
New Communities seeks to create vibrant mixed-income neighborhoods that address both the physical architecture and human capital needs, where residents have quality affordable housing options, economic opportunities and access to appropriate human services. To date, the Initiative has produced over 1,000 new housing units with an investment of gap financing of over $66million, created over 250 new jobs, and served over 500 heads of households through case managementservice annually. The Initiaitve has also produced new community anchors, such as the new HD Woodson High School in Lincoln Heights, or the new flagship Recreation Center under construction in Barry Farm. This past year, New Communities has seen much progress, with the continued build out of Sheridan Station in Barry Farm, the construction of SeVerna Phase II and 2 M Street in Northwest One, and the successful opening and leasing up of the Nannie Helen at 4800 in Lincoln Heights.