Friday, June 7, 2013

Community meeting on redevelopment of 965 Florida Avenue on Tuesday the 11th

965 Florida Ave NW, a big, empty property just across from W Street, is up for redevelopment, and the city wants to talk to locals about it. Here's more info about, which includes something called a Best and Final Offer, which details the things the developers have to do. Here's more info from the Georgia Ave Community Development Task Force.

The Deputy Mayor's Office of Planning and Economic Development has sent a request for Best and Final Offers (BAFO) to the developers applying to develop the site at 965 Florida Ave. This site at Sherman and Florida, just south of HU's Towers, is public property which is undergoing a bid for development. JBG/Gragg and Ellis Development have both submitted proposals.

Preliminary ANC meetings, community presentations and a Task Force survey provided the developers and the city with many comments and suggestions from the community. Most of feedback was included in the BAFO request and the developers will address them to the best of their ability. The BAFO request can be viewed at

The schedule for community review and feedback is as follows:

BAFO presentation: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 6-8pm at the DC Housing Finance Agency 815 Florida Avenue, NW
ANC special meeting: Thursday, June 20, 2013
Comment deadline: Monday, June 24, 2013
Final selection: No later than Friday, June 28, 2013

The June 11th meeting, hosted by DMPED, will be the next opportunity for the community to see the final offers being presented. Everyone is encouraged to come out and participate in this process. Please forward this widely to neighbors and Howard University residents and faculty.

You are also encouraged to participate in Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force meetings on the 2nd Monday and 4th Wednesday of the month. Our next meeting is Monday June 10th at the Emergence Community Arts Collective, 733 Euclid St. NW. Email Sylvia at to be added to our mailing list.

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