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650 Lamont Starting to Take Shape

October 27, 2017

The 650 Lamont development — at Georgia and Lamont — is starting to take shape. The building permits were issued on August 9, 2016, and work began in earnest in October 2016.

Development of this site is by Brick Lane, with a building designed by Nelson Architects. The building will be a mixed-use development of 15,000 square feet providing space for nine apartments and ground floor retail.

(650 Lamont project under construction (above) and artist rendering of completed project (below))

Checking on Progress for Newton Place Houses

October 13, 2017

The new infill houses on the 400 block of Newton Place are coming along, as you can see from the photo below.

DMPED Signs Bruce Monroe Redevelopment Land Disposition Agreement

October 11, 2017

Here is some news from the October New Communities Initiative E-Newsletter that I thought people should be aware of. Last month, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) signed the Bruce Monroe Land Disposition Agreement (LDA).

Additionally, the newsletter stated that the community design process for the new park on the Bruce Monroe site will be co-lead by the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the Department of General Services (DGS), which will kick off later this year.

(Rendering of approved building and park at the Bruce Monroe property.)

Demolition at 3619 Georgia Avenue Finished, Will Work begin Soon?

October 6, 2017

The razing of the structures at 3619 Georgia Avenue, at the corner with Princeton Place, appears to be finished with the debris carted away. It is unclear if work on the approved development for the site will continue immediately, though it is hoped to progress soon. I note that the building was originally constructed as a gas station in 1930. In looking at the site yesterday it looks like they underground tank has been removed without too much trouble.

Photos of progress below:

Signs of Progress at 3619 Georgia Avenue

September 29, 2017

Last night I noticed that the buildings at 3619 Georgia Avenue appear to be in the process of coming down. The project approved for the site has been in the works since 2014. It is encouraging to see progress at Georgia and Princeton after all this time. However, the site was originally built as a gas station so I’m curious to see if any underground tanks still exist on the site.

ANC1A Supports Extention of PUD for 3321-3335 Georgia Avenue

September 27, 2017

The Vue as proposed for the southeast corner of Georgia and Morton.

On September 13, 2017, ANC1A voted unanimously (resolution here) to support a third extension of the approved Planned Unit Development that has been in the works for the southeast corner of Georgia Avenue and Morton Street since late 2010. The hold up on the project has been the removal of underground storage tanks that served the site when it was a Sunoco gas station. The tanks leaked and the parties are working with the Department of Energy and the Environment to establish an approved work plan for remediation.

As the amount of remediation has a direct impact on the construction of the building’s foundation, the owner has been unable to apply for the building permit — triggering the request for an extension. There has also been two owners of the property, the Neighborhood Development Company originally and Zuckerman Gravely following the first PUD extension.

At the ANC meeting, the conversation centered on three areas of concern, 1) the environmental issues, 2) the community benefits, and 3) the timeline of the project.

As the Commission considered the issues, there was quickly consensus that the shortest path to a new building would be an extension and that the environmental issues would be addressed by the construction process. Furthermore, the soil contamination is not currently a hazard to any of the businesses operating at the strip mall on the property.

It was also agreed by the ANC and property owner that the original community benefit approved for the PUD was no longer possible and agreed to enter into an agreement to renegotiate the benefits agreement prior to the start of construction or breaking of ground. As the project no longer has an approved amenity, it is in the best interest of the developer to begin working with the ANC to address this shortcoming. This is especially true as the building would be unable to get a Certificate of Occupancy for the building without delivering an appropriate community amenity.

With these issues considered and upon reviewing the materials relevant to the case, ANC1A believed that the environmental and remediation issues which have delayed this project and necessitated an extension request should be resolved in the coming months. Due to this the Commission voted to support the case but also decided that it would not favorably consider any future extension applications of this matter.

Victory Housing/Brinshore Development Selected to Redevelop Hebrew Home Property

August 23, 2017

(Rendering from Victory Housing proposal.)

Yesterday, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner announced that the developer selected to redevelop the historic Hebrew Home at 1125 Spring Road, NW, was Victory Housing with Brinshore Development. This was the same development team that both ANC1A and ANC4C recommended as their first choice at their July ANC meetings.

Through the community engagement process, follow up conversations with development teams, and collaboration between the two ANCs, the Victory Housing proposal was deemed the best overall proposal for the site. Following the selection, the development team will also need to come back before the ANCs as part of the Planned Unit Development/Zoning process through which design refinements can be made. Early conversations with the Victory Housing team showed a wiliness to work with the surrounding neighborhood to refine design elements.

A copy of the full press release is available here and after the jump. (more…)


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