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Northwest One Development Tops Out
10 September, 2021

Northwest One Development Tops Out

Michael Marshall Design is proud to be on the team delivering phase 1 of the Northwest One development. Scheduled to be completed in summer 2022, phase one will deliver more than 220 new units to the NoMa community, reserving 150 for affordable housing.
The development team consisting of MRP Realty and CSG Urban Partners, as well as the design team of SK+1 Architecture and Michael Marshall Design, is honored to work with DMPED and Mayor Bowser on this new communities initiative project.

The New Communities Initiative (NCI) is a District government program designed to revitalize severely distressed subsidized housing and redevelop neighborhoods into vibrant mixed-income communities. The Initiative includes four neighborhoods in the District of Columbia: Barry Farm in Ward 8, Lincoln Heights – Richardson Dwelling in Ward 7, Northwest One in Ward 6, and Park Morton in Ward 1. The New Communities Initiative is funded through public bond financing that allows the District to leverage funding for development projects.

The vision for the New Communities Initiative is for vibrant mixed-income neighborhoods that address both the physical architecture and human capital needs, where residents have quality affordable housing options, economic opportunities and access to appropriate human services.

Plans for Northwest One include a three-building, three-phase development.

“We are excited to be part of this team for this important project in Ward 6,” said MMD’s Michael Marshall, whose design team is currently working on concepts for Phase 2. “The principles upon which the New Communities Initiative operates are informing our designs and we are proud to contribute to this important work in our city.”

The New Communities Initiatives guiding principles include:

  • One for One Replacement of existing affordable housing units to ensure that there is no net loss of the existing deeply subsidized units in the neighborhood.
  • The Opportunity for Residents to Return/Stay in the Community to ensure that current residents will have a priority for new replacement units in effort to remain in their neighborhood.
  • Mixed-Income Housing to end the concentration of low-income housing and poverty.
  • Build First, which calls for the development of new housing to begin prior to the demolition of existing distressed housing to minimize displacement.