NIMBYs Win One, Lose One in Upper Northwest
In case you didn't have a chance last week to locate a hard copy of the Northwest Current, a few stories of note:
- Sure enough, the developers of the new Tenleytown Safeway backed down in response to neighborhood concerns (which verged into veiled threats of Giant-style litigation) over the monstrous height of a mixed-use project. They took off the top floor, lowering the overall height about 10 feet, and lost 13 apartments. The Advisory Neighborhood Commission still isn't happy—there were calls for something in the neighborhood of 150 units, rather than the 189 currently proposed.
- The Zoning Commission, however, stood by American University's 10-year-campus plan, which had already been scaled back dramatically from its original version. The enrollment increases were pegged at a modest 230 more law students, 1,000 more total graduates, and only 82 undergraduates* (for a total of 6,400 undergraduates). "American University has to exist, and the community has to exist," said Zoning Commission chairman Anthony Hood. "I can't just tell American University to relocate to Jackson, Miss...At some point in time, you have to be reasonable." ANC 3D Commissioner and immediate past chair Tom Smith fired off an irate newsletter to his constituents, calling the decision the "latest example of dysfunction with a D.C. government body." A full order should be published over the next few weeks.
* Corrected from a previous version.