Updates

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 […]

5201 Hayes Street “(Deanwood Hills)” Receives Preliminary Zoning Approval

Hayes Street rendering

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.

CBM Executive Director Retires from Service After 17 Years

George Garrow, Executive Director of Concerned Black Men National has transitioned from his long held leadership position of the 40-year-old men’s organization. Garrow has been the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the national organization since its inception in 1989. As the architect of the CBM National Office and a founding member of the Washington, DC Chapter of Concerned Black Men, Garrow has worked tirelessly to build the capacity of the organization to reach more children and their families in the District of Columbia and where CBM National projects are administered nationwide.

Director of New Communities Departs, Takes New Role at Housing Authority

Kimberly Black King, the Director of the New Communities Initiative (NCI), has accepted a position with the DC Housing Authority as their Chief Development Officer. In her new role, Ms. King will oversee planning and development activities for the Housing Authority’s portfolio of over 8,000 units of public housing. Ms. King will still be actively involved in the redevelopment of the four neighborhoods under NCI.

Barry Farm Aquatic Center and The SeVerna on K Ribbon Cuttings

Last December, the New Communities Initiative celebrated two important ribbon cuttings on projects that bring quality affordable housing and recreational opportunities to District residents. On Saturday, December 13, 2014, city officials, community leaders and residents celebrated the opening of the new Barry Farm indoor Aquatic Center in Ward 8. The Barry Farm Aquatic Center is […]

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 […]

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 info@higherachievement.org.

    

Zoning Commission Approves Proposed Action for Barry Farm Stage Planned Unit Development

On Monday, October 20, 2014, the Zoning Commission for the District of Columbia approved the application for the first stage Planned Unit Development (“PUD”) and related zoning map amendment for the Barry Farm redevelopment. The approval by the Zoning Commission will help to implement the New Communities Barry Farm Redevelopment Plan which was approved by […]

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