Hopefully we will hear more about other city agencies that will be engaged in the planning, programming and overall community development of this vastly important New Communities Initiative!
The D.C. Housing Authority has launched its search for a master planning and development team that will oversee the $400 million transformation of the Barry Farm neighborhood in Southeast.
Barry Farm, a New Communities project, includes 1.13 million square feet of developable area on 26 acres generally bounded by Firth Sterling Avenue, Suitland Parkway, Wade Road and the St. Elizabeths west campus. Within the boundaries currently are 432 units of low-income housing (in townhouses and apartments) all owned by DCHA, plus seven vacant lots owned by the District government.
via D.C. seeks development team for $400M Barry Farm overhaul – Washington Business Journal.
The idea, Melekian says, is to merge the goals of developers, who want to know, for example, how many people can fit onto a sidewalk, and police, who want to know whether a building’s doors swing in or out and how that will affect the flow of pedestrians.The District goes a step further, putting officers at the table with developers as projects are being designed. The process is informal, with the department reaching out to developers of major initiatives to request a seat at the table. When developers agree, Lanier says, police can contribute while changes can still be made with the stroke of a pen instead of the rumble of a bulldozer.
via District police embrace concept of preventing crime through design – The Washington Post.