Park Morton: Updates

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



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:

Park Morton Community Engagement Recap

On November 16, 2015, the New Communities Initiative hosted a community dialogue to discuss the Park Morton redevelopment. An initial presentation was made by the Director of New Communities, Angie Rodgers, that focused on the history and background of New Communities, the strategy for moving forward, including the selection of the former Bruce Monroe school parcel for offsite “Build First,” housing, and what to expect for the process and engagement going forward. It was communicated that the next major milestone in the process is for the community to work with the District, the Housing Authority, and the master development team to update the Park Morton master plan from 2008 that will affect timely and implementable change (community planning and design workshops were scheduled for December 1st and December 12th). Attendees were then split into moderated breakout groups, where they were asked a series of questions about their neighborhood, and were given an opportunity to share any concerns or feedback about the strategy moving forward. Below are links to the full notes, as well as a summary document highlighting the major themes that came up in discussion:

On December 1st, 2015, the New Communities Initiative hosted the first planning and design workshop, facilitated by Torti Gallas, the architect and planner for the master development team. An initial presentation was given by Murphy Antoine from Torti Gallas that focused on the Guiding Principles of New Communities, planning efforts to date, initial site analysis of both Park Morton and the Bruce Monroe site, planning feedback from the community to date, and concepts, themes and areas of focus for planning and design. The presentation can be viewed here:

The feedback from the December 1st meeting will inform a set of design scenarios and themes that will be discussed and analyzed further with community input at the December 12th planning and design workshop.

For photos from the meetings and additional information, please visit:






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 on several factors, including their capacity to complete the work and how they treat our customers,” said Chairman Pedro Alfonso.

There will be one-for-one unit replacement at Park Morton.

“Park View Community Partners’ proposal shares DCHA’s commitment to both affordable housing and community building,” said Adrianne Todman, DCHA executive director. “This is complex work that requires an experienced and knowledgeable partner.”

Park Morton is one of four neighborhoods identified as part as the New Communities Initiative. DCHA is working in partnership with the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development to complete this redevelopment project.

“The selection of a developer for Park Morton allows us to continue the momentum of revitalizing the neighborhood through our New Communities Initiative,” said Mayor Vincent C. Gray. “I thank the Housing Authority for selecting a team that will help us transform this area into a thriving community.”

Park Morton, a community comprised of 12 three-story buildings, currently sits on 3.66 acres. It is roughly bounded by Park Road, Warder Road, Lamont Street, and Georgia Avenue in Northwest.

The Request for Proposal required that developers propose a mixed-income community, with a variety of townhouses and high-occupancy buildings for all incomes, to ensure the neighborhood’s long-term viability.

The selection panel chose Park View Community Partners based on their qualifications and experience; development vision and approach; financial plans; women and minority certified business enterprise connections; offers and considerations to DCHA; and the off-site housing proposal.

The New Communities Initiative (NCI) is a comprehensive public-private partnership that began in 2005 and aims to address the physical and human architecture of neighborhoods troubled by concentrations of poverty, unemployment, blight, and the deterioration of the housing stock. Financed through the Housing Production Trust Fund, which is operated by the DMPED, NCI is designed to spur the renewal of both the physical and social conditions of designated communities in the District.

Policy Advisory Report Released

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.


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