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Speak Out on Hine School Development Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the public is invited to comment on the various development proposals promoting hotels, retail, housing, and subsidized non-profit office space for the Hine Junior High School site, an important parcel between Pennsylvania Avenue and the shiny, new Eastern Market on Capitol Hill.

It's so important, in fact, that nine development teams originally competed for the land, 200 people showed up to see the finalists, and I've written about the Hine site, oh, 10 or so times in the last few months.

The meeting tomorrow is hosted by ANC 6B, which will vote in support of one of four remaining proposals by the gathering's conclusion. The general public comment period for the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development has been extended to July 10, according to ANC chair David Garrison.

Is there a clear favorite already? Depends how you evaluate.

"We’ve received a lot of e-mails in support of the Stanton proposal," stated Garrison, "But I can’t judge whether that represents broadscale community support, or just a more organized effort."

Local community group EMMCA (Eastern Market Metro Community Association) seems to be favoring a plan by StreetSense/DSF/Menkiti Group, which I termed "The Fancy Stuff Plan."

It's "the most respectful and reflective of our historic neighborhood" with "the lowest height and massing along Eighth Street, in an effort to preserve the street’s residential character," according to a note on the group listserv stating various pluses.

The other proposals come from the National Leadership Campus, a plan for subsidized non-profit office space and subsidized housing for non-profit workers; And a plan conceived by The Bozzutto Group and others (the image is above).

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE. Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4


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