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DMPED Announces Responses to Crummell School, One of District’s Piloted “OurRFP” Projects

Thursday, July 7, 2016
Proposals reflect resident preferences of mixed-use development, historic preservation, & public/community space

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) today announced responses for the redevelopment of Crummell School (1900 Gallaudet Street, N.E.) in Ward 5 and a pilot of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s “OurRFP” initiative. The three proposals include robust plans for affordable housing, healthcare, retail, and community recreational space in the District’s Ivy City neighborhood.

"As the nation’s capital, we must strike a balance between preserving our rich history and serving the needs of residents,” said Mayor Bowser. “Through the OurRFP initiative, we continue to engage neighbors in order to reflect the community’s voice while positioning Crummell School to achieve its full potential.”

The respondents for Crummell School are:

  • Ivy City Partners, LLC (a collaboration of Stonebridge Carras and The Jarvis Company)
  • Trammell Crow Company (partnering with CSG Urban Partners)
  • WC Smith (partnering with DC Habitat for Humanity, Empower DC, City First Enterprises, and Stoiber & Associates)

Initially launched in 2015, OurRFP incorporates resident and community engagement early in the Request for Proposals (RFP) prior to development of the solicitation. This innovative initiative was also created to provide transparency throughout the RFP process as well as accountability for delivering public benefits that are committed through the OurRFP.

“We are excited to see the redevelopment of Crummell School moving forward,” said Deputy Mayor Brian Kenner.  “This project further cements our commitment to engage residents as we increase affordable housing opportunities, expand local businesses, and preserve our historic neighborhoods.”

Two public workshops and an online engagement forum were completed in order to fully understand the resident’s major goals for the redevelopment of Crummell School. The following community preferences, which were shown to be of the highest priority to the neighborhood, were incorporated into the RFP:

  • Recreation and community uses or elements to be included in the development proposal
  • Job training or workforce development component for District residents
  • Activated public spaces with active uses
  • Mixed use development, including neighborhood serving retail use
  • Cultural or historical reference to the Alexander Crummell School and the Ivy City Neighborhood
  • If residential is proposed, it should be a mixed-income residential component that maximizes affordability

The RFP was released by DMPED on April 25, 2016.  The respondents submitted competitive proposals representing most, if not all of the community preferences from the RFP.  Next steps include an inter-agency panel review, community presentations by the development teams, and ultimate selection of the development team this fall.

For more information on Crummell School and additional DMPED projects, visit:



Joaquin McPeek (DMPED) 202.727.6698; [email protected]