The District of Columbia is seeking a development partner for the first phase of a $170 million mixed-income community housing project that will ultimately include more than 500 new units of affordable and market-rate housing.

Financing for the project could include bonds, officials said last week.

“We have an incredible opportunity here on Georgia Avenue — in the heart of the Park View community — to make some meaningful changes in peoples’ lives,” Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said in a statement. “We’re looking for a partner that is interested in more than just building housing. We are looking for someone who is committed to building a healthier, safer new community.” 

The solicitation seeks a development partner for the first phase of the Park Morton project, which is expected to include at least 168 new housing units. The entire project, which will likely be built in three phases, will include more than 500 new units of housing as well as a 10,000-square-foot park and a community center.

Sean Madigan, spokesman for the deputy mayor for planning and economic development, said the district has not yet decided whether the project will include bonds, but that the option is on the table.

Responses are due by Dec. 12 and district officials could pick the developer by March.

The project is one of four “New Communities” the city plans to transform some of its most troubled public housing complexes into new mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhoods.

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