The Department of General Services picked proposals from Apogee Farms and Agricity.
By Laura Hayes
Washington City Paper
Mar 4, 2019
Last fall, the Department of General Services put out a request for proposals for two plots of land totaling 20,000 square feet as a part of D.C.’s Urban Farming Land Lease Program. Site one is on the 1600 block of Kramer St. NE between 16th and 17th streets NE in Ward 6. Site two is at Longfellow and 9th streets NW in Brightwood Park.
Applicants had to be D.C. residents (or operate an organization incorporated in the District) and have experience in agriculture. Both for-profit and nonprofit proposals were fair game so long as the projects had significant community benefit and community engagement opportunities as a part of their missions.
The city received five proposals from which they selected two awardees last month. Winners were granted five-year leases, with the opportunity to extend for up to 13 years. While they’re not responsible for paying for the lease, awardees must fund the build-out, pay utilities, and foot the bill for other operating costs.
DGS accepted Apogee Farms’ proposal for the site in Ward 6 (1600 block of Kramer Street NE). Founder Thomas Langan came to D.C. from the Colorado cannabis industry where, among other things, he worked for six years growing for a medical dispensary. He worked in a 40,000-square-foot greenhouse. But Langan is from Bethesda and wanted a change.
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