Support for Affordable Housing, Dense Development, & Sustainability Outcome of Second Hebrew Home Meeting
More than 100 community members from both Ward 1 and Ward 4 attended the second OurRFP meeting on June 2nd and indicated strong preferences for the site to be developed with significant affordable housing, sustainable public spaces, and density maximized through a Planned Unit Development (PUD) process.
The meeting began at Raymond Recreation Center with an introduction from Deputy Mayor Brian Kenner and included a few words from Ward 1 Councilmember Briannne Nadeau. Afterward, DMPED’s Tsega Bekele provided an overview of some of the priorities that came out of the first OurRFP meeting — such as support for affordable housing, housing for families and seniors, and units that are ADA accessible. Bekele also informed the group on some of the next steps in the process. These included issuing the formal RFP in late June, followed by a pre-response conference and developer submissions.
It was noted that some of the priorities expressed in either of the OurRFP meetings would have their own process and opportunities for community engagement outside of the RFP process. Examples mentioned were the BZA process should the development seek fewer parking spaces than required by Zoning, the Zoning process should the property be developed as a PUD, and a review by the Historic Preservation Review Board for elements that involve the historic Hebrew Home building.
After the presentation, community members were allowed to post dots on three boards to indicate their highest priorities. It is important to note that all of the options on the boards were considered priorities identified during the first meeting. Each resident was given six dots, two of each of the three colors, with which to vote.
The outcome of the voting broke down in the following ways.
The highest priorities identified were affordable housing and housing for seniors.
- More than 30% of the units set aside as affordable housing — 47%
- Additional units to target moderate income/workforce housing (50-80% AMI) — 5%
- Opportunities for Homeownership — 10%
- Family-sized units — 16%
- Housing reserved for seniors — 18%
- Accessible Units (for persons with disabilities) — 4%
Public Space & Sustainability
The highest priority identified was Sustainable public space
- Active use (e.g. playground, splash park, dog park, educational programming) — 18%
- Passive uses (e.g. green spae, community garden, benches) — 20%
- Sustainable public space improvements (e.g. stormwater management, sustainable landscaping, permeable surfaces) — 38%
- Active, engaged street (upgrades to 10th street exceeding DDOT standards, bike parking, benches) — 20%
- Public art — 4%
Design and Density
The highest priorities identified were maximizing density and incorporating elements of the historic building into the design.
- Density Maximized through a Planned Unit Development (“PUD”) — 48%
- Historic elements incorporated in the design — 30%
- Modern/Contemporary style of design — 2%
- Exceed green building requirements — 19%
In closing and reporting out the results of the exercise, Bekele noted that all of the items on the boards are considered priorities to some extent as they all came out of the first OurRFP workshop. The purpose of the exercise during the second workshop was to help DMPED rank the priorities based on the community’s input. This, in turn, will help DMPED to review the forthcoming RFP submissions and make decisions with the community priorities in mind.
Materials from the workshop will eventually be posted on the DMPED page devoted to 1125 Spring Road.Development, Housing comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.