Archive for June, 2013

With Deal Dead, What Happens to Howard Town Center Tax Break?

I reported yesterday that Howard University has terminated its agreement with the developer of the planned Howard Town Center, a big mixed-use project on Georgia Avenue with 445 apartments and a grocery store. It's still unclear exactly what led to the termination—a Howard spokeswoman said the developer, the Cohen Companies, "failed to meet certain benchmarks" but [...]

Morning Links

Santa-impersonating Michigan congressman wants to ban D.C.'s traffic cameras. [Loose Lips]
Cops assume biker must be at fault in accident. [GGW]
Mount Pleasant's the most competitive housing market in town. [UrbanTurf]
GSA: Help us with our real estate portfolio! Wait, never mind. [WBJ]
Alexandria legalizes sidewalk biking. [DCist]
Urbanist transportation secretary confirmed easily. [Streetsblog]
Historic preservation group wants historic office, chooses [...]

Howard, Cohen Cancel Agreement for Howard Town Center Development

Howard University and its development partner have canceled their agreement to build a large mixed-use development on Georgia Avenue near the Howard campus.
The D.C. Historic Preservation Office's Steve Callcott confirms that his office received notice yesterday that Howard has terminated its development agreement with the Cohen Companies, the developer on the Howard Town Center project. The [...]

Morning Links

Where does Hollywood get its image of D.C.? Consultants, of course. [WCP]
Wegmans comes to Tysons; is D.C. next? [Post]
DDOT: Met Branch Trail is not languishing. [WAMU]
How a bear ends up in D.C. [City Desk]
American Enterprise Institute buys Dupont building for $36.5 million. [WBJ]
On the benefits of sharrows [WashCycle]
Woman attacks X2 bus driver. [WJLA]
Today on the [...]

Council Passes Living Wage Bill

The D.C. Council passed the hotly debated bill this afternoon to require large retailers to pay their employees a living wage of $12.50 an hour. The 8-5 vote on the Large Retailer Accountability Act of 2013 came after nearly an hour of contentious debate.
"The District government has an obligation not just to encourage the development [...]

McDuffie Bill Aims to Clarify Housing Affordability

It's no secret that D.C. has an affordable housing problem. But really, the city has two affordable housing problems. The first is one of supply: There isn't enough of it. And the second is one of definitions: Much of what's labeled affordable isn't really affordable to many Washingtonians.
The standard metric for affordable housing is area [...]

Morning Links

Metro ridership over the years [PlanItMetro]
D.C. area's most expensive condo ever goes on the market for $8.7 million. [WBJ]
Capitol Riverfront's getting another 220 apartments. [UrbanTurf]
Stop calling D.C. transient. [Borderstan]
Debating a Metro station in the basement of the Kennedy Center. [Ghosts of DC]
D.C.'s the best metropolitan area for 20-somethings. [Nerd Wallet]
JBG tries to turn Marriott building [...]

Housing Authority Seeks Grant to Plan Redevelopment of Southwest’s Greenleaf

Tonight is Barry Farm take two: Three weeks after an attempted D.C. Housing Authority meeting with residents of the Ward 8 public housing complex about possible plans for its redevelopment was called off amid incessant protests, the Housing Authority is taking another stab at it. This time, the meeting is residents-only—an effort to keep out [...]

CFO Forecasts the End of D.C.’s Population Boom

Yesterday came the news that, well, we're rich. According to a letter from D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi, the D.C. government is now anticipating $600 million more in revenue in the next five years than previously forecast. That means a big surplus for years to come.
But buried in the appendix to the letter is [...]

Morning Links

Western Development dropped out of Walter Reed competition over scheduling disagreement. [WBJ]
We're rich! [Post]
Zoning rewrite opponents: Change the code! Wait, stop changing the code! [GGW]
Columbia Heights residents: Hey fire engines, turn it down! [New Columbia Heights]
Atlantic Plumbing demolished. [PoPville]
Scottish Rite Temple not actually required by law to wipe out its green space. [Borderstan, Housing Complex]
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