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: Updates
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:
In response to questions from the community at several recent meetings, the New Communities team has put together the following FAQ document:
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: http://www.parkviewengage.com/
The Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Brian T. Kenner, issues the following open letter to Park Morton and Bruce Monroe community residents and stakeholders regarding the Park Morton redevelopment: PARK MORTON OPEN LETTER FROM DEPUTY MAYOR KENNER.
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.
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 DC Housing Authority (DCHA) and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) received four responses to the Park Morton Request for Proposals (RFP) for a master developer. DCHA and DMPED will be working together on the redevelopment and expect to select a development team by the end of 2014. CLICK HERE to read the full press release.
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: