- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 10, 2003

The District began a campaign this week to redevelop 32 properties across the city and create hundreds of new affordable-housing units.

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development issued on Wednesday a “request for proposals” for the redevelopment of 18 sites in blighted neighborhoods, including Anacostia, Columbia Heights and Shaw. In addition, it selected two teams to develop new houses on 14 vacant properties.

The redevelopment projects are part of D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams’ “Home Again” Initiative, created to attract 100,000 new residents to the District in the next decade.

Development of the 18 available sites is open to 30 companies qualified to participate in the Home Again program, which requires that 30 percent of homes built be set aside for families with incomes below the D.C. average. The median income in the District is about $40,000, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

To qualify as a developer for the program, a team must show that it has experience, uses creative financing, can build affordable housing and uses local contractors. The deadline for sending proposals is September 11, and the District will select developers in November.

With regard to the other 14 properties to be redeveloped, the District selected Motir Services and Stellar Homebuilders to build homes on five plots in Langston and Northeast. Mi Casa Inc. and MissionFirst Capital Advisors will build the other nine properties in Columbia Heights, Parkview, Petworth, Brightwood, Grant Park, Marshall Heights and Benning Ridge.

“There are certain parts of the city that are underdeveloped, so we are focusing on these areas,” said Chris Bender, a spokesman in the D.C. Planning Office.

The properties were grouped so that the more valuable properties, like those in Northeast, could subsidize development of the less-profitable areas.

After redevelopment, 24 homes will be on the sites, 14 of which will be sold to families with incomes of less than 60 percent of the city median income. The remaining will be sold to families with incomes between 60 and 100 percent of the median income.

In other news

• The address 1201 F. St. NW won the Office Building of the Year award in the 100,000-to-249,999-square-foot category from the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington. The 12-story, 227,000-square-foot building is owned by CarrAmerica Realty Corp. and Hannover USA Real Estate Corp. Inc.

• ESI International leased 45,000 square feet at Arlington Gateway, a new 325,00-square-foot office building. Cresa Partners helped broker the lease for ESI, while Jones Lang LaSalle represented the building’s owner, JBG Cos.

• Georgetown University leased 30,000 square feet at 11333 Woodglen Drive in Rockville. By signing the lease, JBG Cos. can demolish the existing office space and build a 66,000-square-foot building.

• Lend Lease U.S. Office Trust bought Metro Center I, at 700 13th St. NW, for $96.5 million, or $395.95 per square foot.

Property Lines runs Fridays. Tim Lemke can be reached at tlemkewashingtontimes.com or 202/636-4835.

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