Park Morton: Updates

New Communities Releases 2014 Annual Report

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.

Request for Proposals Released for Park Morton

rendering of Park Morton

Rendering from the Park Morton Revitalization Plan

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.

Service Provider Selected for the Park Morton Neighborhood

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development has selected Housing Opportunities Unlimited (HOU) to provide comprehensive case management to Park Morton residents under the New Communities Initiative. The New Communities Initiative redevelopment plan includes a human capital plan to help residents achieve self-sufficiency. The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development issues grants to service providers through a competitive Request for Applications process. HOU was selected by a review panel that included District staff and residents.

Park Morton Back-to-School and Resource Fair

Housing Opportunities Unlimited, the New Communities case management provider for the Park Morton neighborhood, sponsored its annual Back-to-School and Resource Fair at Park Morton.  Over 75 attendees enjoyed inflatable activities and games.  Children and youth received backpacks, complete with folders, notebooks, pens, pencils and other needed supplies for school.  Food was provided and local talent performed.  In exchange for school supplies, attendees were required to spend a few minutes at booths offering information on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.  Children and youth were also offered free dental screenings.

Park Morton Career and Resource Fair

Housing Opportunities Unlimited (HOU), the New Communities Initiative case manaagement provider for the Park Morton neighborhood, sponsored its annual Career and Resource Fair at the Banneker Recreation Center.  HOU partnered with over 20 employers and training providers, including the Department of Employment Services, DC Housing Authority’s Section 3 Employment representatives and the ARMY.  Over 100 participants were served through this event.

Mayor Gray and Deputy Mayor Hoskins Cut Ribbon on The Avenue

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor L. Hoskins were joined by Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, other Councilmembers and dignitaries to ceremonially cut the ribbon on The Avenue. The Avenue is a mixed-use development that consists of 83 units of affordable housing, including 27 replacement units with a priority for Park Morton residents. The development includes 2,300 square feet of retail space. Click HERE to read the full press release.

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