The DC Zoning Commission set down two “build first” developments for Lincoln Heights/Richardson Dwellings in June. Providence Place, which will have 100 units – 35 replacement and 65 affordable – was set down on June 12th. The Strand Development, which will have 86 units – 28 replacement and 58 affordable – was set down on June 26th. Hearings will follow, likely in the fall. The applications can be viewed here:
Lincoln Heights: Updates
On June 28th DMPED presented to the DCHA Board of Commissioners about the subsidies – both capital and operating – needed to support NCI’s development pipeline. In 2015, NCI began working to project its full pipeline – all of the onsite and offsite development needed to complete the NCI neighborhoods adhering as closely as possible to the four core NCI principles – along with timeline and cost projections. A 2014 policy report recommended that NCI do this work, which had not been done to date. Specifically, the report recommended exploring using different operating subsidies instead of ACC (Annual Contributions Contract), the typical public housing subsidy. DMPED’s presentation to the board provides an overview of the work done to date to fully project NCI’s pipeline, and the impact to the project of using Project-Based Vouchers rather than ACC. The presentation can be viewed HERE.
The Warrenton Group filed a PUD application, Case number 17-10, with the Zoning Commission for the Strand Theater project and adjacent parcels. The proposed development program will transform the vacant Strand Theater and adjoining parcels into approximately 9,000 square feet of commercial space, including two ground floor retail bays, a small business incubator, additional community space, related parking, and 86 units of affordable housing at or below 60% of the Area Median Income, of which, approximately 28 units will be public housing replacement units prioritized for Lincoln Heights and/or Richardson Dwellings residents. The application can be viewed here:
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The Providence Place development team has submitted a Planned Unit Development (PUD) application to the Zoning Commission and has been assigned Case No 17-08. A set down date of June 12, 2017 has also been set. On the set down date, the Office of Planning presents a “set down” report on the project and makes a recommendation as to whether it should proceed. The case number for the project is No. 17-08. A link to the Providence Place application can be found at this link. https://app.dcoz.dc.gov/Content/Search/ViewCaseReport.aspx?case_id=17-08
CLARIFYING RIGHT TO RETURN TO NCI DEVELOPMENTS
In March 2016 the DC Housing Authority Board passed Resolution 16-06 to set a relocation and right to return policy for properties redeveloped under NCI. The policy sought to clarify questions about who has a right to return, and establish guidance ensuring that residents who are eligible to live in public housing will also be eligible for units in the new developments without additional barriers to entry.
WHO HAS A RIGHT TO RETURN?
- You have a have right to return to a new NCI unit:
- At Barry Farm if you lived at Barry Farm at any time on or after October 12, 2012.
- At Park Morton if you lived at Park Morton at any time on or after November 1, 2014.
- At Northwest One if you lived at Temple Courts or Golden Rule when they were demolished.
- (The right to return date has yet to be determined for Lincoln Heights/Richardson Dwellings since the master developer has not been selected and no portion of the onsite has been demolished.)
- You have a right to return to a unit that fits your family size, which will be determined by who is on your lease at the time of return.
- Residents and other community stakeholders will decide through community processes in each neighborhood which households will be offered units first, second, and so on in the new developments.
HOW LONG DOES YOUR RIGHT TO RETURN LAST?
- Your right to return lasts until you move into a new NCI unit. After that, any moves would be treated like any other transfer within public housing and subject to availability.
- All projects will be redeveloped in phases, and you do not lose your right to return if you are offered a unit in an early phase and you do not take it.
- You keep your right to return until all units in all phases are built.
WHAT IS THE CRITERIA FOR RETURNING?
Criteria to return to a new unit has to be the same or less than DCHA’s current rules for the following:
- Work Requirements – DCHA has no work requirements.
- Service Requirements – DCHA requires 8 hours per month of community service or 8 hours participation in an economic self-sufficiency program. Residents who are elderly, disabled, caretaker of an elderly/disabled resident, or working are exempt.
- Criminal Background – DCHA does not accept applicants with 1) a felony conviction within the last 5 years; 2) a conviction for manufacturing methamphetamines; and/or 3) current requirement to register on the National Sex Offender Registry. DCHA may make exceptions for felony convictions on a case by case basis.
- Credit Screening – DCHA has no minimum credit score to meet, but does review applicants’ past rental history.
- Drug Screening – DCHA has no drug screening requirements.
The new property manager of the redeveloped units must also follow these guidelines.
WHEN WILL DCHA NOTIFY ME ABOUT MOVING?
DCHA will provide proper notices for any temporary and permanent moves, including but not limited to:
- A General Information Notice (GIN) to inform you when the redevelopment will require you to move from your unit.
- A Notice of Relocation Eligibility, which will inform you what relocation assistance you will receive; and
- A 90-Day Notice to Move, which will tell you the earliest date you have to move from your current unit.
Although households may be offered the opportunity to move to “Build First” units coming online in their neighborhood, no one will be required to move (as a result of a redevelopment effort) until their property receives official HUD approvals for redevelopment.
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.
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.