The public is now getting a look at the proposed developments being pitched to  reshape nearly half a million square feet of land on the former DC General site.

The development teams looking to redevelop the remainder of the District-owned site known as Reservation 13 has presented their proposals. The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) released a request for proposals (RFP) last fall for eight parcels at the former DC General Hospital/homeless shelter, divided across two bundles southeast of 19th Street and Massachusetts Avenue SE.

Among other things, the RFP asked for proposals to have “deeply affordable” and “middle income” housing as well as equitable housing types, and also for the proposals to embody Robert F. Kennedy’s ideals.

Below, is an outline of what one of the finalist respondent teams are proposing:

907 units Across Five Buildings.

Donatelli Development and Blue Skye Development, who are responsible for the recently-delivered Park Kennedy building and the under-construction permanent supportive housing building at Reservation 13, have teamed up again for a proposal designed by GTM Architects. Their proposal would deliver 907 residential units across five by-right buildings. The unit counts would be 71 units in Building A (21 affordable), 355 units in Building B1 (106 affordable), 156 units in Building B2 (47 affordable), 253 units in Building F2 (76 affordable), and 72 units in Building G2 (22 affordable). Half of the rental units will be affordable at 30% and 50% of area median income (AMI), and half of the for-sale units will be affordable at 30% and 60% of AMI. The development would also have a linear park dedicated to Robert F. Kennedy, and two of the buildings would have ground-floor retail.


1,000 Units, A Grocer, Assisted Living, and Affordable Childcare

The other proposal would deliver a total of 1,055 housing units, 701 of which would be affordable.

Parcel A would have 93 for-sale units affordable to various AMI brackets above up to three local commercial tenants. Parcel B1 would have 270 rental units, 30% of which would be for households earning up to 80% of AMI, and 86 for-sale units affordable to various AMI brackets.

Parcel B2 would have 179 affordable units, a 12,000 square-foot outpatient care center, and a workforce training center and business incubator operated by MHCDO and ARCH Development.

Parcel F2 would have 161 senior assisted living units owned and operated by ValStone Partners, all of which would be affordable up to 30% of AMI, along with 173 rental units affordable up to 80% of AMI, a 15,000 square-foot grocery store, and additional retail.

Parcel G2 would have 93 affordable for-sale units above an affordable childcare center operated by CentroNía. The team is led by the Argos Group and The NRP Group and Moya Design Partners is the architect.


(Urban Turf)