D.C. Housing Authority headquarters, on North Capitol Street
D.C. Housing Authority headquarters, on North Capitol Street

The D.C. Housing Authority is seeking developers interested in turning its headquarters on North Capitol Street into a mixed-use development with commercial, retail, and residential uses.

The Housing Authority issued a request for qualifications today from “experienced developers with the capacity and broad experience in mixed-use development that includes commercial (including government facilities with public intake), retail, and residential projects” to redevelop the building at 1133 North Capitol St. NE.

The recent transformation of the NoMa neighborhood, including the gleaming new NPR headquarters next to the Housing Authority, has led the squat, brown Housing Authority building, with its surface parking lot and grassy field, to look obsolete. The RFQ doesn’t specify how it’ll be redeveloped—-or whether the Housing Authority will remain there—-but the list of desired qualifications implies that there may be a residential and retail component, in addition to government offices that could include the Housing Authority.

A Housing Authority spokesman was not yet prepared to comment on the record, but I expect to learn more soon.

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