The District of Columbia Housing Authority’s Executive Director Tyrone Garrett and Ward 6 D.C. Council member Charles Allen visited the greater Greenleaf community recently to discuss future redevelopment of the neighborhood.

“The most important word here is community,” Garrett said to the audience packed into the Southwest Family Enhancement and Career Center. “We are not moving forward with anything without you. It involves you and your families. You will have the opportunity to give input.”

Allen agreed and said that through the city’s planning process for Southwest, it was made clear that the greater Greenleaf community is very important and creating the right plan for the future is imperative.

“We need to protect affordable housing and protect the integrity of the community,” Allen said.

Garrett said that DCHA has asked the development community which companies are interested in redeveloping the area. Eleven companies expressed their interest in the job. DCHA created a panel of community members and experts to review the developers’ applications, which include their history, experience, and track records.

“We want to see if they are worthy of the service of working with you,” Garrett said. “If it doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t work for us.”

The panel will use this information to create a short list of developers that will be asked to submit a proposal for what they plan for the project.

As part of the city’s Southwest Neighborhood Plan, which can be found in the Greenleaf management office or the local library, the greater Greenleaf neighborhood is proposed to have up to 1,800 units with full one-to-one replacement of the existing affordable units and will include family-sized units.

DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett
Council member Charles Allen
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