(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) announced development teams for two of the District’s OurRFP projects – Eastern Branch Boys and Girls Club and Northwest One. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s OurRFP initiative incorporates community feedback early in the Request for Proposals (RFP) process to ensure District residents have a voice on development in their neighborhoods.
The development team of Century Associates, Eco Housing Corporation, and Keystar Real Estate was selected to redevelop the site of the former Eastern Branch Boys and Girls Club. The project will produce affordable for-sale units for seniors. The development team of MRP Realty and CSG Urban was selected for the redevelopment of Northwest One, a part of the New Communities Initiative, which will produce over 500 affordable housing units with more than half serving residents earning below 30 percent Area Median Income (AMI).
“The active engagement of the community through the OurRFP process ensured that Eastern Branch Boys and Girls Club and Northwest One will be thoughtfully developed and deliver on these neighborhoods’ interests and needs,” said Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner. “The selected proposals will expand our shared priorities as a District: affordable housing, community benefits and amenities for District residents.”
Eastern Branch Boys and Girls Club
The former Eastern Branch Boys and Girls Club is an 11,125-square-foot property located in Capitol Hill at 261 17th Street SE in Ward 6. The property is adjacent to Triangle Park and dominates the corner with three main street frontages on Massachusetts Avenue SE and 17th and C Streets SE.
The Century team proposal, which was supported by Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6B, features a senior living community with 29 for-sale housing units that include 10 affordable dwelling units (ADUs) at 50 percent and 80 percent of AMI. Approximately 80% of these ADUs will be two-bedroom units. The development plan includes a publicly accessible 1,850 square foot community function space that will be programmed with continued community engagement. The Century team proposal strongly reflects the community’s priorities as established during the OurRFP process.
The Northwest One site is approximately 3.5 acres of land located at 1010-1024 North Capitol Street and 33 K Street NW at the nexus of the NoMa and Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhoods in Ward 6.
Through the DMPED-led OurRFP process, the residents and community defined three main criteria as priorities for the project: 1) maximizing affordable housing, particularly at the lower Area Median Income (AMI) levels and with family-sized units; 2) quality design and density consistent with neighborhood; and 3) creative non-residential spaces and provision of public amenities.
The MRP and CSG Urban best met the community’s preferences as determined during the OurRFP process particularly regarding affordable housing – this project will deliver over 500 affordable housing units with more than half at 30 percent AMI. The selected proposal also provides for the most family-sized units, including 3- and 4-bedroom units, at affordable and market rates.
This site includes the former Temple Courts Apartment building, a housing complex that consisted of 211 affordable rental units. As required by DMPED and the New Communities Initiative, this project will provide “one for one” replacement of the 211 units.
The design incorporates elements from the neighborhood and includes large courtyards and interior spaces for residents and children. The new site will provide a gateway feature on North Capitol and K Streets and expanded sidewalks with retail to activate the perimeter and streetscape.
MRP and CSG Urban team is also a 100% Certified Business Development (CBE) team, and maximizes CBE participation through its architect, Marshall Moya, and general contractors, McCullough and Winmar, all three of which are DC-founded and based CBEs. DMPED is committed to maximizing CBE participation and supporting local DC businesses on its public projects.
Using the OurRFP process, DMPED held community meetings, public workshops and online forums for each project to ensure the proposed developments met community needs and priorities. The process is intended to provide greater transparency as well as accountability for delivering public benefits through the Our RFP initiative. To read more about DMPED’s OurRFP projects, visit dmped.dc.gov/page/our-rfp.