The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) placed approximately half of the over 90 sites currently in its Property Acquisition and Disposition Division (PADD) inventory in some form of disposition between January 2015 and December 2017. On December 15, 2017, a five-step Vacant to Vibrant DC initiative was launched to transform the balance of that inventory into vibrant and productive solutions, such as workforce housing and creative green space, and spur economic development.
The Five Action Steps of Vacant to Vibrant DC
- Action 1—Auctioning Off to Gain Affordability: Over 35 sites located in neighborhoods such as Bellvue (Ward 8), Carver/Langston (Ward 5), Deanwood (Ward 7), and Park View (Ward 1) will be auctioned by Alex Cooper Auctioneers to produce approximately 50 workforce housing units.
- Action 2—Supporting Small Business to Spur Homeownership for District Employees: Participants in the District’s Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) program will bid on contracts to turn up to eight sites, located in neighborhoods that include Anacostia (Ward 8) and Deanwood (Ward 7), into workforce housing. The following solicitations (Phase 1) are now open to the CBE community until January 10, 2018: (1) Doc358471: FY18-DHCD Rehabilitation of Property, 850 19th Street NE; (2) Doc358477: FY18-DHCD Rehabilitation of Property, 4404 Foote Street NE; and (3) Doc358439: FY18-DHCD Rehabilitation of Property, 202 36th Street.
- Action 3—Building Homes Through HIP: The Housing Investment Platform, an innovative program from the DC Housing Financing Agency (DCHFA) will turn two sites in Anacostia (Ward 8) and Carver/Langston (Ward 5), into workforce housing.
- Action 4—Expanding Green Space: This partnership with Casey Trees will expand and preserve green space in Ward 8.
- Action 5—Seeing a Tiny House in Action: One site will house a tiny home demonstration and community education project in partnership with the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation, featuring the Minim House built by students in the Academy of Construction and Design at IDEA Public Charter School in Northeast DC.
Some activities that the public will notice after the launch of Vacant to Vibrant DC include:
- Online auction advertising begins in December, an informational meetings will be held in early January and the auction will take place in mid-January.
- HIP issued its request for qualifications (RFQ) seeking partners to build the housing units on December 11; the RFQ will close on January 5, 2018.
- How can I bid on the auction properties? Details will be available at http://dhcd.alexcooper.com.
- Who is developing the properties? That will vary depending on who bids on the auction and responds to the CBE procurement.
- Do I have to be a CBE if I am a contractor and want to participate in the procurement? Yes, visit https://dslbd.dc.gov/service/cbe-program-history for information on the District’s CBE program.
- How do CBEs learn about the open procurements? DHCD will be announcing the procurements.
- Is this low income housing? No, it will be the workforce housing (between 80 percent and 120 percent of the Area Median Income), like our public servants. First-time homebuyers will be prioritized. Homebuyers will have access to DHCD’s home purchase assistance programs.
- How do I get one of the homes? Development partners can choose to submit a marketing plan for DHCD approval or use DHCD’s existing inclusionary zoning process.
- How will I learn about the homeownership opportunities? Information will be on DHCD”s website and DCHousingSearch.org.
- How do I ask specific questions about the Vacant to Vibrant DC process? Please send an email to [email protected].
Items of Interest:
- Vacant to Vibrant DC Fact Sheet
- Facebook Live Interview on Vacant to Vibrant DC with Deputy Mayor Kenner and DHCD Director Donaldson Presentation
- Presentation, January 16 Pre-bid Meeting on Vacant to Vibrant DC Auction
- Facebook Live Recording of January 16 Pre-bid Meeting on Vacant to Vibrant DC Auction