Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Park Morton Gets a Two-For


Just over a year after DC announced the Request for Proposals (RFP) concerning the $130 million initiative to redevelop Columbia Height's Park Morton public housing complex, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty chose Park View Partners (Landex Corp., Warrenton Group and Spectrum Management) to move forward with their plan for 500 new units of affordable, work force and market-rate housing and a 10,000 s.f. park. The architect for the project is Wiencek and Associates. In a surprise move officials described as a"two-for," the Park Morton developers will also absorb the land on Georgia Avenue currently owned by the Central Union Mission to bring a wealth of mixed-use development to the Georgia Avenue Corridor. A ground breaking date was not announced.

The Park View team won out over the narrowed down field of teams named in March including the Park Morton Partners (Pennrose Properties, LLC, FM Atlantic, LLC, and Harrison Adaoha, LLC) and the other Park Morton Partners (Neighborhood Development Company and Community Builders, Inc.). Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Valerie Santos, praised Landex for it's experience in successfully completing redevelopment projects of distressed urban housing, including HOPE VI projects, in cities along the East Coast.

The announcement about Central Union Mission came as a surprise, as the group recently went before the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) and carried out a series of community meetings about their planned development at Georgia Avenue and Newton Place. According to Catherine Fennell, a consultant working as the Project Manager with the Warrenton Group, the Mission continued moving forward while the award for Landex was pending. But Fennell indicated the two groups have been working on their agreement and will make the purchase official now that the award for Park Morton was announced.

The Park Morton project is one of four designated New Communities, an initiative begun by Former Mayor Anthony Williams. Others include Barry Farm, Northwest One, and Lincoln Heights/Richardson Dwellings, all of which, the Mayor today promised, would continue forward with a guarantee of "no displacement" for current residents.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is great news, but Park Morton is in Columbia Heights, not Petworth! Its a full 5 blocks south of the Petworth boarder, and only 4 blocks east of DCUSA. Calling this area Park View or Columbia Heights is accurate, but Petworth it is not! I hope they start tomorrow.

Kent on Oct 7, 2009, 3:59:00 PM said...

Actually, Park Morton is in Park View, it just shares a zip code with Columbia Heights. They are separate neighborhoods.

Richard said...

Actually DC has no official neighborhood boundaries. It's all money and marketing. The only *official* lines drawn are for wards, police districts, and ANCs.

Claudia on Oct 8, 2009, 8:46:00 AM said...

this is very exciting news. I live 1 block away from this development and the change will be very WELCOMED!

Frankie James on Oct 8, 2009, 3:55:00 PM said...

Who cares what the neighborhood is called? (DC tax records call it Columbia Heights - they win!)

As long as they clean out and up that mess behind my house.

Jay'O said...

This is great - unexpected news! I want to thank the Mayor and Councilmember Graham for their help making this creative deal work! The community was really frustrated with the Mission and the way they dealt with residents in Park View.

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

When will this project START....I have tried to sell a property on the 600 Blk of Park Road and the "people" that hang out there day and night have prevented the property from selling. It is a shame that they can bring down the value of your property that way. They need to clean up the residents that live there. Teach SOME of them what it means to be responsible and respectiful citizens FIRST befor giving them new homes that they DONT know how to care for.

Anonymous said...

If the DCHA/ HUD/NCHA stopped living above their means, stop greasing palms, the area would have lasted much longer. Bright overrules darkness. Comment on that. And yes , I live in that area . Hello?.

 

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