(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) today released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the redevelopment of Northwest One, a New Communities Initiative site, at the corner of North Capitol and K Street, NW in Ward 6, situated between two burgeoning neighborhoods, NoMA and Mt. Vernon Triangle.
“We are excited to be on the verge of a redevelopment that will finally deliver on promises made to this community years ago,” said Mayor Bowser. “This is an opportunity to develop a project that doesn’t just increase affordable housing opportunities but does so in a way that serves the very residents who made this project possible and who will continue to make this neighborhood so vibrant.”
The property includes two parcels totaling 3.5 acres of land at 1010-1024 North Capitol St. NW, and 33 K St. NW, the former site of Temple Courts Apartments, a privately-owned subsidized housing complex demolished in 2008. The RFP calls for significant affordable housing as part of a large mixed-income community, with a minimum of 211 replacement affordable housing units, replacing one-for-one the units demolished in 2008. The replacement units will be prioritized for former residents of Temple Courts and Golden Rule, a mixed-use apartment complex that is now the home of SeVerna on K, an apartment building, at 43 K St NW.
“The Northwest One area has experienced significant growth and development over the past decade making this an exciting opportunity to revitalize a neighborhood for residents that have called it home for a long time,” said Deputy Mayor Brian Kenner. “It’s a highly desirable location, prime for transformational mixed-income development. We welcome proposals locally and nationally to develop this area that has boundless potential.”
he New Communities Initiative is a District government program that provides high quality public and deeply subsidized housing units paired with human capital services to create vibrant mixed-income communities in the District. Civic leaders joined neighborhood stakeholders and residents to create a vision for Northwest One that would lay the framework for the other NCI neighborhoods (Park Morton, Barry Farm, Lincoln Heights/Richardson Dwellings). To date, more than 500 residential units and new community amenities have been completed in the Northwest One including the SeVerna Phase I, SeVerna on K, 2M Street, the Walker Jones Education Campus, Northwest One Library and RH Terrell Recreation Center.
The RFP also includes recommendations from the Northwest One Redevelopment Plan that was created through a collaborative public planning process inclusive of neighborhood stakeholders and former residents. To re-engage residents, this new RFP was part of Mayor Bowser and DMPED’s “OurRFP” initiative which incorporates resident and community engagement prior to issuing an RFP.
Two community meetings were held in order to fully understand the community’s priorities for the redevelopment of Northwest One. The following community preferences, which were shown to be of the highest priority to the neighborhood, were incorporated into the RFP:
- Affordable housing for low-income households within a mixed-income framework;
- Larger, family-sized units that meet the housing needs of returning Temple Courts and Golden Rule residents and the District’s demographics as a whole;
- A quality design that fosters connections throughout the site and provides community spaces for residents;
- Incorporates non-residential uses on the ground floor and/or second level (commercial, office, community uses); and
- Improves the public realm and promotes opportunities for both active and passive public uses.
To view the RFP follow this link. For more information on Northwest One, visit http://dmped.dc.gov/page/OurRFP_NW1. To learn more about New Communities, go to dcnewcommunities.org. Responses to the RFP are due Dec. 15, 2016.