Housing Complex

Developers Chosen for Barry Farm

Police intervened in a recent contentious meeting over the fate of Barry Farm.

Police intervened in a recent contentious meeting over the fate of Barry Farm.

The D.C. Housing Authority selected a team today to redevelop Barry Farm, the public housing complex near Anacostia that's set to become a mixed-income community. The chosen team consists of nonprofit developer Preservation of Affordable Housing and Baltimore-based A&R Development, Jonathan O'Connell reports.

The developers have their work cut out for them. A community meeting last month for interested developers to present their plans to residents was called off after angry protesters—including some nonresidents led by the group Empower D.C.—shouted and chanted to prevent the developers from speaking. A second meeting had to be held privately.

The move to redevelop Barry Farm is part of a broader program to replace the concentrated poverty of low-income housing complexes across the city with mixed-income neighborhoods that include a one-to-one replacement of the subsidized housing units. The Housing Authority has received a Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to plan the Barry Farm overhaul, and plans to apply for a Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant to help fund the project.

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