Washington Business Journal By Douglas Fruehling
D.C. has selected a team led by MRP Realty to redevelop the Temple Courts site near NoMa as part of the city's New Communities Initiative.
District-based MRP, teaming with CSG Urban, will build more than 500 affordable residential units with more than half designated for residents who earn 30 percent of the area median income, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development announced Tuesday. Marshall Moya Design and HOU are also part of the team.
DMPED sought bids for the 3.-5-acre Temple Courts site last year, and eight development teams pitched their proposals to the city in the spring. The solicitation was run through the city's OurRFP process, which puts a heavy emphasis on community input before and after the solicitation is issued.
Temple Courts, at North Capitol and K Streets, is part of the city's Northwest One revitalization area. New Communities seeks to revitalize areas of public and low-income housing with mixed-income, mixed-use neighborhoods. The 211-unit Temple Courts building was demolished in 2008.
DMPED indicated the MRP proposal was selected because of the amount of affordable units, noting it also included the more family-sized units (three- and four-bedroom units) at affordable and market rates. About 225 units will be market rate.
A team led by developer WC Smith and The Warrenton Group was chosen by the District in 2009 to replace Temple Courts with an $80 million, 313-unit apartment building. But the recession combined with other hurdles to prevent much of the work from taking place.
D.C. Councilman Charles Allen, D-Ward 6, said the next step is for the city and the development team to finalize terms. Construction could begin in 2019.
DMPED also announced that Century Associates, Eco Housing Corp. and Keystar Real Estate was selected to redevelop the site of the former Eastern Branch Boys and Girls Club, an 11,125-square-foot property located in Capitol Hill at 261 17th St. SE.
The team will build a senior living community with 29 for-sale housing units that include 10 units at 50 percent and 80 percent of area median income.