The Park Morton neighborhood was built in 1960 and is made up of 17 garden-style buildings with 174 walk-up units, all of which are two-bedroom units. Park Morton is approximately 165,000 square feet or 2.72 acres. The DC Housing Authority currently owns and manages the apartment complex. As part of the New Communities Initiative and in collaboration with community partners, the DC Housing Authority and the Park View Community Partners Development team, Park Morton will be redeveloped into a mixed-use, mixed-income community.
Both the Park Morton Public Housing and the Bruce Monroe Site, are located adjacent to the dynamic Georgia Avenue corridor in Ward 1. The community is situated amongst a diverse mosaic of neighborhoods with strong identities and rich historic fabric. Ward 1 is one of the most rapidly changing areas of the city.
As part of the District’s Great Street Initiative, the vision for the Georgia Avenue corridor is a revitalized, pedestrian-friendly corridor anchored by mixed-use development at key sites. This vision for Georgia Avenue was conceived through the Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro Station Area Plan, which was completed in 2004. A number of planned and under construction private developments are leading to the revitalization of the broader neighborhood. In addition, many new public investments are being made on the Georgia Avenue corridor.
The Avenue has already been completed as the first “Build First” site for Park Morton. The Avenue, located at 3506 Georgia Avenue, includes 83 mixed-income units, 27 of which are affordable and ________ are Park Morton public housing replacement units.
Bruce Monroe Site Redevelopment Plan
The Bruce Monroe site was envisioned as the “built-first” site of the Park Morton redevelopment. Home to the former Bruce Monroe School and current temporary park on Georgia Avenue, this off-site phase will include a senior building, a multi-family apartment building and townhomes. There will be a total of 273 one-, two- and three-bedroom units, with 90 units set aside as replacement units for Park Morton residents, another 111 affordable units available to households with under 60% of area median income (AMI), and 72 market rate units.
Complete Planned Unit Development (PUD) Plans for Bruce Monroe can be found here: Hyperlink to PUD plan
The PUD for the Bruce Monroe Development was approved in May of 2017. Progress has since been delayed due to a Zoning Appeal Case. In conjunction with the development of Bruce Monroe, the District of Columbia has committed to developing a new park along the site’s southern side. More information about it can be found here: https://dgs.dc.gov/page/bruce-monroe-park
Park Morton Site Redevelopment Plan
The Park Morton on-site development will be comprised of 2 phases and will include 189 new homes, 57 of which will be public housing replacement units for Park Morton residents. The on-site development will include a 142-unit multi-family apartment building, with 71 underground parking spaces, and 189 townhouses and flats. Common amenity spaces, including fitness room, will be offered to all residents. A new pocket park along with new streets and alleys will connect the Park Morton community with the adjacent neighborhood.
Complete Planned Unit Development Plans (PUD) for Bruce Monroe can be found here: Hyperlink to PUD plan