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“The District will present a thorough analysis of the site and surrounding neighborhood”

by Prince Of Petworth March 29, 2016 at 3:40 pm 17 Comments


From the Mayor’s Office:

“When: Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Where: Raymond Recreation Center – 3725 10th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20010

The Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development invites you to an OurRFP Public Workshop for an interactive discussion of community goals in redeveloping a District-owned site located at 1125 Spring Road, NW. The District will present a thorough analysis of the site and surrounding neighborhood. Then, you will be invited to share your thoughts on the redevelopment of the site. Your feedback will be combined with citywide objectives to create OurRFP. For more information, please visit dmped.dc.gov or contact Tsega Bekele at [email protected] or 202-727-6365. RSVP in advance at 1125SpringRoadOurRFP.eventbrite.com

1125 Spring Road, NW, is an exciting opportunity to redevelop a 3.3 acre site within blocks of a Metro stop. The property includes the former Hebrew Home for the Aged, a historically designated building, and the former Paul Robeson School for Growth and Redevelopment.

DMPED’s page on the 1125 Spring Road project (with links to past presentations and flyers, and to the minutes from 6/7/14 public hearing): http://dmped.dc.gov/page/dgs-1125-spring-road-nw-re-use-project
Flyer from the March announcement that the 1125 Spring Road site would go through the OurRPF process:

1125 Spring Road, NW

  • anon

    wow, didn’t realize the school was also included in the re-development. it would be huge to get something on that lot that doesn’t interrupt the flow of the neighborhood as you go up 10th street.

  • Guillermo Brown

    Does anyone know from past experience how much these Public Workshops affect the scope of the eventual development?

    • textdoc

      The “OurRFP” process is a newly introduced thing, so I don’t think there’s any way to tell just yet whether the city will actually be taking community input seriously or just giving lip service to the idea of community engagement.

    • textdoc

      About the “OurRFP” process: http://dmped.dc.gov/page/our-rfp

    • barry

      This “Our RFP” is a new initiative from the Mayor, so it remains to be seen whether the community engagement it says it offers will actually translate into listening to the community. Also recent comments from the mayor show that she isn’t interested in the previous plan to make this 90% affordable housing, instead she wants it to be as market rate as possible.

      • AnonAnon

        Which I agree with the Mayor and her actions here. 90% “affordable” low income housing, considering the size and specifics of the project was too large. This would have been a blight bomb and significantly increased violent crime in this area close to the metro considering it’s large scale. It would have just been another large scale failed public housing project. The higher percentage of market rate housing from the DMPED process, and the current district law, would make this a 70% market rate, and 30% “affordable” (low income). This is a far better mix considering the size, scale, and location, of the site. Anything above 30% affordable is really a recipe for failure and problems for a larger scale project. It is best we do not repeat the mistakes and failures of the past, as well as overly concentrate poverty in one site, or one neighborhood.

  • Anonymous

    I thought something already happened with the old Hebrew home, no?

    Or are we looking for another round of “accuse anyone who has any question of hating homeless people”?

  • BnB

    A hotel in Shaw- Cambria, and a planned hotel in Adams Morgan/16th st are catalysts to neighborhood improvement. Build a hotel, not housing

  • Ch

    Columbia heights and petworth already have enough subsided housing. This site should be market rate.

  • JS

    This will have to be at least 30% subsidized housing per District law (DC-owned land disposed of for housing development must contain at least 30% below-market set asides). I think a 70/30 market/subsidized split would be a good outcome – given the development potential of the land that translates into something like 140 market/60 subsidized units.

  • CapHillNative

    RIP to my old Ford Escape. She died this past October :( but was replaced with an Electric Vehicle. Nice to see her memorialized in almost every picture of the old hebrew home tho, she would have liked that.


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