Friday, January 12, 2018

Home Opener and Schedule Announced for D.C. United

The inaugural home match for D.C. United at its new Audi Field in Buzzard Point will take place on July 14 against the Vancouver Whitecaps. D.C. United’s schedule will be road game-heavy in the earlier part of the season while in the latter part, there will mostly be home matches. There will be a total of 15 home matches during the regular season, all falling either on a Saturday, Sunday, or Wednesday. Below is the 2018 regular season home schedule: 
  • Saturday, July 14: 7pm vs. Vancouver 
  • Wednesday, July 25: 7:30pm vs. RBNY 
  • Saturday: July 28: 7pm vs. Colorado 
  • Sunday, August 12: 6pm vs. Orlando 
  • Wednesday, August 15: 7:30pm vs. Portland 
  • Sunday, August 19: 6-m vs. New England 
  • Wednesday, August 29: 8pm vs. Philadelphia 
  • Sunday, September 2: 5:30pm vs. Atlanta 
  • Wednesday, September 12: 7:30pm vs. Minnesota 
  • Sunday, September 16: 1pm vs. RBNY 
  • Saturday, September 29: 7pm vs. Montreal 
  • Sunday, October 7: 1pm vs. Chicago 
  • Saturday, October 13: 3:30pm vs. Dallas 
  • Wednesday, October 17: 7:30pm vs. Toronto 
  • Sunday, October 21: time TBA vs. New York 

Construction of the new stadium remains on schedule about a year after its late February groundbreaking. Over the past couple of weeks, Half Street east of the stadium footprint reopened to traffic with new pavement, sidewalks, street lights, and bike racks.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Greenleaf Redevelopment RFQ Released

After years of planning and delays, DCHA released a Request for Qualifications back in December for a co-developer to redevelop Greenleaf, the 15-acre public housing project that straddles M Street. Greenleaf was built in 1959 and currently contains 493 public housing units spread over 23 buildings.  

According to the RFQ, the development objectives include the following: 
  • The redevelopment will replace all 493 existing units at the same level of affordability. 
  • The redevelopment will minimize the movement of residents – to the greatest extent possible, residents will move directly from their old unit to their new unit. 
  • There will be zero displacement of current Greenleaf residents. 
  • There will be a mix of market-rate, affordable, and possibly workforce housing. 
  • Public safely will be improved with increased activity on streets and public spaces. 
  • The redevelopment will integrate into the surrounding community. 
  • The redevelopment will support the development of human capital, assisting with such things as job opportunities and supportive services programs. 

The phased redevelopment concept for Greenleaf by HR&A Advisors has been designed with a mix of high-rise and townhomes. The high-rise buildings would be concentrated along M Street and Delaware Avenue with the townhomes further away from those two streets. Some retail is anticipated as well along M Street. A unique feature of the redevelopment will the the use of the "build first" model, which would allow the project to proceed without displacing Greenleaf residents. The first phase of development would use a site near the Greenleaf footprint to build a mixed-income building. Once residents move into that first building, it will free up land within Greenleaf to start demolition and development. DC-owned sites that were identified as having the best potential to do build first include the MPD First District parking lot along Delaware Avenue and the DC FEMS Repair Shop at the NW corner of M and Half streets. While the HR&A report suggested a build first site be selected prior to releasing the RFQ, a site has not been chosen yet. 

It will take several years to redevelop the site and will probably be done in at least six phases. The deadline to submit proposals for the RFQ is February 1. Then in early March, a RFP will be released to a short list of developers who responded to the RFQ. The winning co-developer partner is expected to be selected by June and a contract will be negotiated with DCHA.

Renderings courtesy of HR&A Advisors