Back in February, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen attended the monthly ANC 6D meeting and one of the topics brought up was the redevelopment of Greenleaf. Allen stated his preferred “build-first” site to be the DCFEMS Apparatus Division station at Half and M streets. Under a "build-first" model, the first phase of construction would be at a site outside of the Greenleaf footprint and residents would move into this new building before demolishing any portion of the existing Greenleaf buildings so no one is displaced during the redevelopment. During the planning phase of Greenleaf’s eventual redevelopment, a study by HR&A Advisors stated that DC-owned sites near Greenleaf would be easiest to use as “build-first” sites, with the DCFEMS repair shop and MPD First District parking lot at Delaware Avenue and M Street identified as the best sites to use for this purpose.
To move the process along, Allen, as chair of the D.C. Council’s Committee on the Judiciary & Public Safety, allocated $1 million in the District’s FY 2019 budget to start the schematic design and design development phases to build a replacement DCFEMS Apparatus Division facility (also in the DCFEMS budget for Southwest is a new Harbor Patrol facility at the Wharf, with funding allocated in FY 2023 and FY 2024). While this funding will start the process for designing the new maintenance facility, a site has not been identified yet. The Council committee recommends that DCFEMS "move swiftly to identify a site for the new Fleet Maintenance Facility." Under Mayor Bowser’s FY 2019 budget proposal, $47 million in funding for the replacement facility was pushed back to FY 2024, which was previously allocated in FY 2022 and FY 2023. The delay puts in jeopardy the use of the Half and M streets site as a “build-first” site for Greenleaf.
A RFQ for the Greenleaf redevelopment was issued in December 2017 and a RFP was supposed to be released in March, with a selection to be made this month, but the RFP has been delayed. The ANC sent a letter to DCHA earlier this year requesting a meeting with Greenleaf residents should be held prior to the issuance of the RFP to keep the community in the loop regarding the agency’s process to redevelop the public housing complex.