Housing Complex

Projects in NW, SW Moving Forward in Hearings This Week

There will almost certainly be a house here by the end of the year!

There will almost certainly be a house here by the end of the year!

Two District entities will consider action on two different properties in the next couple of days, both significant projects that have flown under the radar for quite a while now.

The first is a DHCD hearing tomorrow on the proposed disposition of a city property at 5734 13th Street NW to the District of Columbia Students Construction Trades Foundation, a non-profit that operates a Construction and Design Academy at Cardozo High School. According to a spokeswoman, the Foundation plans to use the site as a “field training environment” where “carpentry, electrical and HVAC students can apply math, blueprint reading, applied science and other technical education concepts in a practical, hands-on way.”

The spokeswoman declined to give more details until tomorrow’s hearing, but the property disposition agreement provides a good picture: the District will hand over the empty lot, currently assessed at $58,680, for a bargain-basement ten dollars. Construction will begin in June, finish well in advance of a “closing date with homeowner” of May 31, 2011.  The Foundation, according to the agreement, is to “reinvest the remaining proceeds into its organization to advance the educational purposes in accordance with its Articles of Incorporation.”

The second will be discussed in a public hearing before the City Council Committee of the Whole at 3:00 p.m. on Friday. Councilmember Marion Barry has proposed a bill for the “closing of a public alley in square 6172"–a formality required to advance this big mixed-use project that was awarded TIF financing back in January. From the Business Journal:

CityInterests LLC will get $8.8 million for a 530,000-square-foot $108 million project to replace South Capitol Shopping Center, a strip of stores in the 4000 block near the District’s southern tip that currently includes Domino’s Pizza, Mai’s Nails, a liquor store and Jackson Hewitt tax service. It would include 220 residential units, 85,000 square feet of office space, 500 parking spaces and 47,000 square feet of retail. Chris LoPiano of CityInterests said he has a letter of intent for 50,000 square feet of office space and is in negotiations with a pharmacy and plans to open a small grocery store as well.

CityInterests isn't returning phone calls, but more details should emerge on Friday.

  • crin

    They should all just volunteer with DC Habitat for Humanity.

  • anon

    Actually, students in the Cardozo academy have been volunteering with DC Habitat for several years.

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