The D.C. Housing Authority has launched its search for a master planning and development team that will oversee the $400 million transformation of the Barry Farm neighborhood in Southeast. Barry Farm, a New Communities project, includes 1.13 million square feet of developable area on 26 acres generally bounded by Firth Sterling Avenue, Suitland Parkway, Wade Road and the St. Elizabeths west campus. Within the boundaries currently are 432 units of low-income housing all owned by DCHA, plus seven vacant lots owned by the District government. DCHA’s solicitation will be a two-step process. The first, a request for qualifications, was issued last week. With the Barry Farm initiative, the city hopes to replace low income units one-for-one, add as many at 900 market rate units and as much as 30,000 square feet of retail while generally addressing the hurdles that have plagued the historic Ward 8 neighborhood: poverty, unemployment, blight and deterioration of the housing stock. The full, four phase revitalization will not be completed for at least 15 years.