Housing Complex

Clearing Skies for Capital City Market?

At the end of the month, the Funky Fleamarket's lease at the Gallaudet University-owned parking lot on 6th Street NE is up. They're hoping to relocate to another parking lot owned by Howard University on 8th Street NW, not because Gallaudet hasn't been happy to have them: Rather, that site is now "targeted for development" and the school plans to "change the use of the lot."

Of course, the site has been targeted for development for some time now. Back in 2006, the Council approved support for a $1.2 billion project to turn the 24-acre site into the "New Town at Capital City Market," with condos, restaurants, and a warehouse district. In 2009, they approved a Small Area Plan for the neighborhood, which seemed to disregard the New Town plan completely.

The parcel to the north of the Funky Flea Market's parking lot is jointly owned by J Street Development and Edens and Avant, and it's still in limbo. "Separately, Gallaudet is in continuing discussions with a developer that owns property adjacent to Gallaudet's property on 6th Street regarding the future plans for that location," said Fred Weiner, Gallaudet's director of program development. "At the moment, no specific plans for that area are in place." (A J Street spokeswoman deferred to Gallaudet).

One X factor here is the impact of newly-minted Councilmember Vincent Orange's impact on the market: He was the main force behind the New Town project, which would have helped property owner Sang Oh Choi, a big-time backer of Orange's failed mayoral bid. The planned unit development for Choi's land was approved in 2008, but hasn't moved since.

  • Whoa_now

    Wasn't there some discussion about putting a DC United 25K seat soccer arena there? looks about the right time to do it.

  • http://urbanplacesandspaces.blogspot.com Richard Layman

    the DC United idea is delusional... It presumes tearing down a couple blocks of the market, and probably incorporating the Gallaudet property. For a variety of reasons, it's pretty unlikely to go anywhere, other than one property owner has a bunch of the land there.

  • andrew

    According to the neighborhood listserv, Sang Oh is planning to request a 2-year extension to the PUD for their property at 4th & Florida.

    PUD extensions typically don't bode well for projects being constructed in the immediate future. Maybe Gallaudet thinks that it'll be easier to shop the property around without the flea market on top of it?

    Although I have mixed feelings about the redevelopment of the market overall, I would like to see Gallaudet do something with the two properties that it owns on the site.

  • T

    @andrew

    Reading the tea leaves on a 2 year extensions is meaningless. It's cheap to apply for and typically awarded. The ANC and ZC look at these all the time. This project could still start tomorrow, in two years, or never. The extension has nothing to do with it.

  • http://distcurm.blogspot.com/ IMGoph

    andrew: which listserv was this discussed on?

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