Two vacant parcels at 809-813 Kennedy Street NW in Ward 4 represent examples of how the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is transforming vacant and/or abandoned properties in the District. The parcels have been vacant for several years, but within approximately the next two to three years, it will provide new affordable housing, and possibly retail, for Ward 4 residents.
What Is the 809-813 Kennedy Street NW Site?
809-813 Kennedy Street, NW represents two contiguous vacant lots located in the Brightwood Park neighborhood of Ward 4. The project site is within the Kennedy Street Revitalization Plan, the DC Council-adopted small area plan for the corridor. While looking to support existing residents (renters as well as homeowners) and businesses, the plan highlights the need for neighborhood-serving, increasingly diverse retail and for maintaining opportunities for affordable rental and homeownership housing.
DHCD’s Property Acquisition and Disposition Division (PADD) issued a Solicitation for Offers (SFO) on June 1, 2016. The SFO generally provided that a developer was to show that at least 51 percent of all new units created would be affordable to households with incomes at or below 80 percent of the area median income (AMI), as follows:
50 percent of affordable rental units created would be affordable to households with incomes at or below 50 percent of AMI; or
100 percent of affordable homeownership units created would be affordable to households with incomes between 50 percent to 80 percent of AMI.
Preference will be given to developers that incorporate a retail component consistent with the Kennedy Street Revitalization Plan.
A pre-bid meeting with interested developers was held on June 22, 2016. The SFO period ended September 1, 2016.
PADD is expected to select the winning offer in Spring 2017 and will notify the selected developer by award letter. The awardee would be expected to complete construction within 24 months of closing, unless special circumstances, such zoning requirements, dictate a longer period.
Eight developers submitted proposals, ranging from family or senior housing, housing for artists, and mixed uses (residential and retail). They presented their proposals at a February 28, 2017 community meeting at the Emery Recreation Center: