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Frequently Asked Questions

The FAQ below contains answers to common questions about the proposed Greenleaf Redevelopment. More questions and answers will be added to the list as the redevelopment planning progresses. If you have a specific question that is not answered here in the FAQ, please send an email to GreenleafRedev@gmail.com and it will be answered promptly either by DCHA or a member of the Redevelopment Team.

  1. How can I stay up-to-date and involved in the redevelopment effort?
  2. What is the Revitalization Plan?
  3. Who is leading the Greenleaf Redevelopment?
  4. What is the Greenleaf Neighborhood Advisory Group?
  5. What is the status of the Greenleaf Redevelopment and anticipated timeline?
  6. How will my living conditions improve?
  7. Will I be able to continue to reside at Greenleaf during and after Redevelopment?
  8. What is happening with the Greenleaf Senior Building?
  9. If I currently live in the Senior Building, will I need to move during the rehabilitation? What about residents who may have health issues that prevent them from living in the building during an in-place renovation?
  10. Why are there vacant units in the Senior Building?
  11. Will the replacement units have in-unit washers and dryers?
  12. Will the new development allow aging in place?
  13. How does the “Revitalization Plan” relate to HUD’s Demolition/Disposition process?
  14. What is the planned replacement housing program mix and how was it determined?
  15. Will there be home ownership opportunities?
  16. What options will Tenants have for new housing and when will this be determined?
  17. Who will pay for moving costs?
  18. What is the status of the Tenants Rights component of the Revitalization Plan?
  19. Will screening requirements change for new or existing residents?
  20. Will tenant vouchers be available for residents who want to move off-site?
  21. Who will have access to the new interior and exterior amenities?
  22. Will the redevelopment plan include new and enhanced public spaces?
  1. How can I stay up-to-date and involved in the redevelopment effort?

    The website www.GreenleafForward.com is regularly updated with important project information and lists the dates of the Revitalization Plan Engagement Series being held from August through November 2021. Residents and community members are encouraged to participate and provide input in the Engagement Series meetings. Residents and Community Members are also encouraged to submit input, feedback, questions and concerns directly to the DC Housing Authority and Greenleaf District Partners (the Co-Developer Team) either with the webform on www.GreenleafForward.com or by emailing GreenleafRedev@gmail.com . Please note: the Revitalization Plan Engagement Series meetings are being conducted virtually via Zoom due to health concerns around COVID-19. We will continue to evaluate the format as the situation progresses.

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  2. What is the Revitalization Plan?

    The Revitalization Plan is an outline that will guide future Greenleaf redevelopment activity. The Plan builds on previous efforts of residents and community stakeholders, but will prioritize resident input by addressing all of the topics covered in the Revitalization Plan Engagement Series including development phasing, site planning, rehousing, human capital and ongoing engagement. The Revitalization Plan will include a commitment to one-for-one replacement of all 493 public housing units. All feedback from the Fall engagement series meetings will culminate in a Final Presentation of the Revitalization Plan to the community on November 10, 2021.

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  3. Who is leading the Greenleaf Redevelopment?

    The Greenleaf co-developer team consists of the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) and Greenleaf District Partners (GDP), which is a partnership between Bozzuto, EYA, and Pennrose.  This team will work in collaboration with Greenleaf residents and the Southwest community to create sustainable, high-quality housing that reflects resident needs.

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  4. What is the Greenleaf Neighborhood Advisory Group?

    The Greenleaf Neighborhood Advisory Group serves as another important group of resident and community stakeholders who have an active interest in and concern for a successful Greenleaf redevelopment. The group was developed during planning process that DCHA began in 2015 to:

      1. Make DCHA, the District and the development team aware of questions and concerns among residents and neighbors during the planning process;
      2. Give suggestions about how concepts and materials are presented, and how input is requested, so that community stakeholders can process the information presented and have their views and ideas considered; and
      3. Help neighbors and community members stay informed with accurate information by reporting back to residents and stakeholders on the progress and about what is happening throughout the planning and redevelopment process.

    Members include resident leaders, ANC 6D Commissioners who represent Greenleaf, representatives from the local Councilmember’s office and the DC Office of Planning, as well as representatives from surrounding schools, faith-based institutions, and other SW community groups that work within the Greenleaf property. Our team continues to recognize the Greenleaf Neighborhood Advisory Group, appreciates their input in the Revitalization Planning process, and respects the time, effort, and commitment the Group has to the redevelopment and to the residents who call Greenleaf their home.

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  5. What is the status of the Greenleaf Redevelopment and anticipated timeline?

    DCHA and Greenleaf District Partners (GDP) are currently working to develop a Greenleaf Revitalization Plan which will serve as a guide future redevelopment activity, as well as to negotiate a Master Development Agreement that further defines DCHA and GDP’s co-developer arrangement. The Revitalization Plan will inform the MDA terms and is currently being refined based on a series of public meetings with residents and community members. Both the Revitalization Plan and MDA are anticipated to be completed in December 2021, after which detailed development planning and design with begin. It is currently estimated that the first redevelopment phase will begin in 2023. Please visit GreenleafForward.com for the most current project updates.

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  6. How will my living conditions improve?

    Residents who need immediate assistance to address concerns related to unit maintenance and/or environmental conditions are encouraged to reach out to their housing managers and to submit a maintenance request. Please note: DCHA is also implementing a “Stabilization Plan” which will address many critical repairs throughout the Greenleaf properties. The Stabilization Plan covers existing and immediate maintenance and repair issues and is distinct from The Revitalization Plan, which covers the longer-term redevelopment & revitalization of Greenleaf.

    Under the long-term redevelopment, the Co-Developer Team will build replacement rental units for all 493 public housing units. All units, whether newly constructed or rehabilitated, will be modern and sustainable with high quality finishes and will feature upgraded infrastructure, access to expanded amenities, high-quality and durable construction that promotes a healthy living environment, and on-site management to address resident needs. In addition, outdoor spaces will be upgraded to provide gracious streetscapes, lush plantings, and opportunities for seating and other outdoor activities. A Linear Park is planned along Delaware between I Street and M Street to enhance the relationship and connection to Lansburgh Park.

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  7. Will I be able to continue to reside at Greenleaf during and after Redevelopment?

    Yes, Greenleaf residents will have a right-to-return to the Greenleaf property (subject to DCHA and HUD rules and regulations). Further, the Redevelopment Team – Greenleaf District Partners – is committed to implement strategies that provide for zero permanent displacement of existing residents. Strategies will include building 493 replacement units, which will replace all 493 existing public housing units, and developing a phasing plan that gives all residents the option to remain within the Greenleaf Community.

    Based on the feedback received to date, the first redevelopment phase is now planned to include new family-sized units built on a portion the existing Greenleaf Senior parking lot. These new units will provide rehousing opportunities to families on Block A. Redevelopment can then proceed on Block A, followed by subsequent phases. This first phase approach has many advantages, including allowing all Greenleaf residents to remain on the Greenleaf site and reducing the timeline and risk to beginning redevelopment, as this phase can be constructed without a Planned Unit Development (PUD) approval.

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  8. What is happening with the Greenleaf Senior Building?

    DCHA is currently addressing some critical repairs to the Senior Building which includes working on the elevators. This work is separate from the larger rehabilitation of the senior building as proposed under the Revitalization Plan.

    Under the Revitalization Plan, the Co-Development Team is planning a full rehabilitation of the Senior Building, which will not begin until 2023 at the earliest.  Rehabilitation will result in brand new units, brand new common areas, and brand new, functioning building systems such as plumbing, electrical, and HVAC. The completed building will have an inviting and accessible lobby, new laundry room areas throughout the building, improved appearance and functionality of community spaces, new flooring and lighting, and the residential units will feature new bathrooms, kitchens, closets, fixtures, flooring, wall paint, windows and coverings. All units will comply with building code and ADA code.

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  9. If I currently live in the Senior Building, will I need to move during the rehabilitation? What about residents who may have health issues that prevent them from living in the building during an in-place renovation?

    The Co-Developer Team plans to work with a General Contractor experienced in rehabilitations where residents do NOT need to vacate their unit for the renovation to occur. Under the proposed scenario, residents will remain in their units and only need to leave for short periods of time during certain construction activities (painting and flooring, for example). Depending on the distribution of vacant units at the time of renovation, it is also possible that vacant units can be rehabilitated first, allowing existing residents to move into a brand-new unit, thereby avoiding the need for that resident to stay in a unit that is undergoing rehabilitation. Rehabilitation work will typically occur from 8 am to 4:30 pm and any change to this schedule or request for a resident to be out of their unit for a period of time will be communicated directly to the resident in advance.  During the renovation, residents will be able to use a hospitality suite equipped with services and amenities.

    Resident medical issues and health concerns will be accommodated and prioritized. Residents concerned about remaining in their units during the rehabilitation should communicate their concern to their housing manager.

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  10. Why are there vacant units in the Senior Building?

    Over the years residents have moved out of the building and these units have not been re-tenanted. These vacancies are NOT due to forced relocations imposed by DCHA.

    In other instances where residents are relocated for health or safety concerns or for other legal reasons, DCHA is obligated and committed to knowing the new residence of those former residents. DCHA also has partners that perform case management and maintain ongoing communication with relocated residents.

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  11. Will the replacement units have in-unit washers and dryers?

    At a minimum, it is anticipated that all new construction units will feature hook-ups for in-unit washers and dryers. The Greenleaf Senior Renovation is unlikely to have in-unit washers and dryers, but more laundry rooms will be planned throughout the building with a target for a laundry room on every other floor.

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  12. Will the new development allow aging in place?

    Yes, all proposed construction and rehabilitation of the Senior Building will meet current building code standards and feature fully accessible, ADA compliant units.

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  13. How does the “Revitalization Plan” relate to HUD’s Demolition/Disposition process?

    The Revitalization Plan is an outline that will guide future Greenleaf redevelopment activity, covering each of the blocks and buildings within the Greenleaf footprint. HUD’s demolition/disposition process is a separate-but-related process that enables the demolition and redevelopment of certain blocks. In the case of Greenleaf, only the blocks that will need a building demolished in order to proceed with new construction would need to go through HUD’s demolition/disposition process. Thus, under the Revitalization Plan, all blocks OTHER THAN the Greenleaf Senior block, would likely to go through HUD’s demolition/disposition process. The Revitalization Plan will need to be approved first and then it is likely that each block will have separate applications to HUD for demolition/disposition (or RAD rehabilitation of the Senior Building) based on the confirmed phasing of each block.

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  14. What is the planned replacement housing program mix and how was it determined?

    The planned replacement unit mix commits to one-for-one replacement of all 493 public housing units. The mix of unit types will be determined to meet the needs of current residents through right-sizing data collected by DCHA. The mix will evolve as the design progresses and each family’s need at the time can be specifically evaluated. The mix will include units sized for individuals, couples, and larger families.

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  15. Will there be home ownership opportunities?

    Yes. The current redevelopment plan contemplates approximately 40% of the Greenleaf site being dedicated to for-sale townhomes. This will include a portion for-sale homes at below-market prices.  DCHA and GDP will offer financial counseling and seek to leverage existing programs that promote homeownership for Greenleaf residents.

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  16. What options will Tenants have for new housing and when will this be determined?

    All tenants will be given more than one option for rehousing. It is anticipated that residents in Greenleaf Gardens and Greenleaf Family will be given options including new housing on the Greenleaf site or relocation elsewhere within DCHA’s portfolio at their election. It is anticipated that residents in Greenleaf Senior will be given options including a fully renovated unit with Greenleaf Senior or relocation elsewhere within DCHA’s portfolio at their election. DCHA will work with each family to ensure their individual needs are met. While residents will be kept up to date through the development process, family-specific rehousing planning will begin several months prior to an anticipated move date. It is currently anticipated that rehousing will not occur mid-2023.

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  17. Who will pay for moving costs?

    DCHA will cover all costs of relocation. Tenants will not incur relocation costs.

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  18. What is the status of the Tenants Rights component of the Revitalization Plan?

    The rights of Greenleaf residents will be governed by policies and regulations set by HUD and the DC Housing Authority. The DC Housing Authority is drafting a set of policies that will apply to all Housing Authority properties, including Greneleaf, if those policies are ultimately adopted by the DCHA Board. A Guaranteed Right to Return will be part of this set of policies, based on an eligibility date that will be defined in time as part of the redevelopment process.

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  19. Will screening requirements change for new or existing residents?

    Screening requirements will either be equivalent or less onerous than what is currently required and will comply with DCHA and HUD regulations, as applicable.

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  20. Will tenant vouchers be available for residents who want to move off-site?

    At this time, tenant protection vouchers are not available for Greenleaf residents who wish to move off-site. The Revitalization Plan contemplates a comprehensive phasing strategy to build or renovate brand new units on the Greenleaf Site, in order to permanently rehouse residents on the Greenleaf property without the need for residents to move away. The early development of affordable replacement units will keep the Greenleaf Community together and provide for zero permanent displacement.

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  21. Who will have access to the new interior and exterior amenities?

    Greenleaf Redevelopment will involve many improvements to the public realm including a linear park along Delaware Avenue and other green spaces on the exterior of many of the proposed buildings. These spaces will be fully accessible by residents and visitors of the neighborhood. Other amenities, such as interior courtyards and rooftop spaces will be fully accessible by all residents of that particular building, including public housing residents.

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  22. Will the redevelopment plan include new and enhanced public spaces?

    Yes, public spaces will be enhanced with green areas featuring beautiful landscaping and native plantings as well as designated areas for recreating and visiting with friends, family, and neighbors. This is notably planned to include a new linear park along Delaware Avenue.

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