Updates

Request for Proposals: New Communities Initiative Marketing Consultant

The District of Columbia Government, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) (the “District”) seeks a Contractor to provide marketing consultant and related services on an as needed basis in support of the District’s New Communities Initiative (NCI). Click here to view the RFP.  The deadline for responses to the solicitation has been extended until May 23, 2014, at 2:00pm EST. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE AMENDMENT WITH DISTRICT’S RESPONSE TO QUESTIONS OF CLARIFICATION.

Request for Proposals Released for Park Morton

rendering of Park Morton
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.

Barry Farm PUD Application Approved by Zoning Commission for Setdown for a Public Hearing

At the District of Columbia Zoning Commission’s Public Meeting, the Zoning Commission approved that the proposed First Stage Planned Unit Development (PUD) and related map amendment be set down for public hearing (VIEW THE SETDOWN REPORT HERE). The Applicant: District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA), A&R Development Corporation, and Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc. (POAH), proposes the redevelopment of the existing Barry Farm and Wade Road Apartments with a mixed use development consisting of residential, retail and service uses. The new development would have residents of varying incomes, a mixture of residential unit types and sizes, retail, service uses, a community park and open space. To accommodate this development, the Applicant has requested a First Stage Planned Unit Development (PUD) and a related map amendment to rezone the property from the R-5-A district to the R-5-B and C-2-A districts.

The public hearing will be scheduled shortly.  Click here to view the March 31st Public Meeting.  For more information on the Barry Farm PUD Application, click here to visit the DC of Zoning website.

$1 Million Investment to Restore the Historic Strand Theatre for Future Development

Earlier this month, the District began restoration of the historic Strand Theatre. Located in the heart of Lincoln Heights off of Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, the landmark theatre has been vacant for over 50 years. The stabilization is being funded by the The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, in partnership […]

New Communities Website Launched

The New Communities Initiative has launched a brand new website, with improved design, functionality and navigation functions. Planning for the new website began six months ago with the goal of providing easy access to information about the Initiative. During the website design phase, the New Communities Initiative held a target user focus group that included […]

New Communities Policy Advisory Announced

Launched in 2005, the New Communities Initiative is designed to revitalize four neighborhoods in the District by improving the living conditions of residents in severely distressed public housing, demolishing over 1,500 units of distressed subsidized housing and rehabilitating the neighborhood through redesigned mixed-income housing, amenities and social services at an estimated cost of $1.1billion. The […]

Registration Opens at 2M for former Temple Courts Residents

The property manager for the 2M opened registration for the 59 replacements units at the site.  The property manager/development team launched the initial leasing efforts for residents who could qualify for 30% AMI, 60% AMI, and market units at the same time. The online registration began with 30% AMI units, but only applications for the 60% […]

HUD Approves Amending Regulatory Agreement for the Temple Courts Site

Officials at the US Department for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agreed to amend the regulatory agreement for the land that the former Temple Courts building use to occupy.  The former Temple Courts housing complex was located on North Capitol Street between K and  L streets NW. There were 211 affordable units in the HUD […]

Barry Farm Master Planning Begins with Community Meeting

The Barry Farm development team is led by Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) and A&R Companies.  POAH and A&R are working with the residents, DC Housing Authority and the District to update the 2006 Revitalization Plan and development of the Choice Neighborhood Transformation Plan.

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