Metro Takes a Step Toward Development Around 11 Stations
Metro gave a boost to the region's transit-oriented development this morning with a unanimous committee vote to seek to develop land around 11 Metro stations.
The parcels include three in Virginia, four in Maryland, and four in the District: 6.5 acres at the Anacostia station, 4.6 acres at Fort Totten, 5.4 acres at Brookland, and the half-acre chiller plant at Navy Yard.
The vote from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's real estate committee sends the motion to the full WMATA board. Following approval, says WMATA Director of Real Estate and Station Planning Stan Wall, WMATA will review the selected stations for two to three months before issuing the first batch of solicitations, which Wall expects to do in May or June. If all goes according to plan, Wall says the first responses will come in from developers "hopefully by the end of the year."
Of the D.C. sites, the small Navy Yard parcel at Half and L streets SE—where developers will be required to keep the chiller plant operational—has generated the most interest. Wall says he's received "no fewer than four" inquiries from developers. The other sites have generated interest among developers, too, Wall says, but he hasn't received any formal inquiries.
The 11 sites were chosen from about 20 potential sites in the region where WMATA owns undeveloped land. All three potential sites in Virginia were chosen. In the District, there were "a couple additional sites that are fairly small" that were not chosen. There were no candidate sites along the Silver Line that's under construction, because WMATA does not own the land around the stations.
Update: Here's a document with maps of all the sites. Thanks to reader Alex B. for the link.