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DC Government To Seek Proposals For 8 New Development Sites

At the DC government's annual March Madness event on Friday, multiple agencies announced several new development sites that will be offered to private developers this year. We took a closer look at the eight sites for which developers can submit proposals, ranging from 1,800 SF to 21 acres, in neighborhoods from NoMa to Hill East to Anacostia

1. Lincoln Heights


The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development is seeking a master developer to lead a major redevelopment on a 21-acre public housing development site in the Deanwood neighborhood. The request for proposals, set to be released this summer, will be the fourth public housing area targeted for mixed-use development as part of the New Communities Initiative.

The 21-acre Ward 7 development site currently includes 440 public housing units and is zoned for low- to moderate-density development. Known as Lincoln Heights, the development site is adjacent to the Kelly Miller Middle School and recreation center and is bounded by 50th Street NE to the west and Division Avenue NE to the east. It is about a mile from the Benning Road Metro station. 

2. 2 Patterson St. NE


DMPED will release a request for proposals this summer for high-density commercial and/or residential development on a 42K SF lot in NoMa. The site, at 2 Patterson St. NE, sits near the busy intersection of North Capitol Street and New York Avenue NW. It is surrounded by other development sites, included Skanska's upcoming Tyber Place project, Wood Partners' The Belgard project at 33 N St. NE and JBG's Capitol Point development site.

The development opportunity is part of the New Communities Initiative for the Northwest One community, a DC government effort to spark development of distressed public housing projects into vibrant mixed-use neighborhoods. The site's inclusion is as an off-site property in the initiative, which included WC Smith's development of its 2 M St. NE apartment building across the street from this site.

3. Hill East Boys and Girls Club


After holding two community meetings as part of the OurRFP process, DMPED will be releasing the request for proposals this spring for the former Boys and Girls Club in Hill East.

The 11K SF site includes a three-story, 31,000 SF vacant building, which developers can either rehabilitate or demolish. The site is zoned for three-story residential buildings and can include a school or place of worship. It sits just two blocks from the Stadium-Armory Metro station and within walking distance of the RFK Stadium campus, where Events DC is looking to build a sports complex and market hall.

4. Fletcher Johnson School


The office of the Deputy Mayor for Education will seek offers this summer for redevelopment of the 15-acre site of the former Fletcher Johnson school. At 4650 Benning Road SE, the site is about half a mile from the Benning Road Metro station. The site currently includes a 302K SF school building and an athletic field. It is zoned for low- to moderate-density apartment development. 

5. 2352, 2356 and 2360 High St. SE


The Department of Housing and Community Development is soliciting offers for the development of single-family housing on a 35K SF vacant lot in Anacostia. Three multifamily buildings were razed on the property at 2352, 2356 and 2360 High St. SE, about a half-mile from the Anacostia Metro station.

The site is zoned R-3, which allows for detached, semi-detached and row dwellings up to 40 feet tall. The solicitation requires at least 40% of the housing to be affordable, set aside for those making up to 80% of area median income. The solicitation will be officially released on May 2. 

6. 1444, 1452, 1454 Alabama Ave. SE


DCHD is seeking offers for development of a multifamily building on a 13K SF vacant site about a third of a mile from the Congress Heights Metro station. The property, made up of three vacant lots on the 1400 block of Alabama Avenue SE, sits across the street from a retail center anchored by a Giant.

The site is zoned RA-1, which allows for three-story, low-rise apartment buildings. The solicitation, which requires 30% of units to be set aside as affordable, will be released on May 25. 

7. Winston Education Campus


In April, the Deputy Mayor for Education will seek offers for the redevelopment of the former Winston Education Campus at 3100 Erie St. SE. Due to federal restrictions, the site may only be used for educational or recreational purposes. The vacant 137K SF school building on the site was built in 1976 and is currently used as storage space for DC Public Schools. The 1.66-acre site is a short walk from a Safeway-anchored retail center. 

8. Four scattered Anacostia sites


The Department of Housing and Community Development will begin soliciting offers in May for a portfolio composed of four scattered sites in the Anacostia neighborhood in Ward 8. The four sites include vacant lots and buildings and range from 1,800 SF to 6,600 SF. They are at 1414 22nd St. SE, 1615 V St. SE, 1637 V St. SE and 2206 16th St. SE. The sites are all zoned for single or multifamily residential development, and at least 30% of the units must be affordable.