The Government of the District of Columbia (the "District"), through the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development ("DMPED"), released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for 965 Florida Avenue, NW (formerly known as "Sherman Avenue, NW Site") ,in the Shaw/Cardozo neighborhood of Ward 1, designated as Lot 1102 in Square 2873 (the "Site") on November 16, 2012. The RFP submission deadline was February 12, 2013.
The Site is located near the southwestern edge of the Howard University campus, currently serves as an unused parking lot, and contains one small abandoned building on its southwest corner. The Site is bounded by Sherman Avenue NW and Florida Avenue NW to the west, a development known as Howard Plaza Towers to the north, 9th Street to the east and a privately owned lot to the south.
A Pre-Response Conference was held on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 10:30AM at 815 Florida Avenue,NW.
A public surplus meeting was held on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 6:30PM at 815 Florida Avenue, NW.
The surplus meeting was held pursuant to D.C. Official Code § 10-801 in order to receive feedback from the community on the District's finding that the property is not required for public purposes. Comments collected at the public meeting will be submitted to the D.C. Council for their review.
The solicitation was awarded to the development team of MRP Realty and Ellis Development Group on July 30, 2013. The team proposes to build a mixed-use development with approximately 361 residential units, of which 106 units are planned for residents earning 30% and 50% of Area Median Income (AMI). Additionally, the project will include a full-service grocery store on the ground floor and, in accordance with the DUKE Small Area Plan, the developer will build, operated, and maintain a new public street on the north side of the site connecting Florida Avenue to 9th Street, NW.
The Council of the District of Columbia approved the surplus and disposition of this property on September 22, 2015.
965 Florida Avenue, NW Legislative Package