Posts Tagged ‘dmped’

Housing Authority Defends Selection of Barry Farm Developers

When I reported earlier this week on the D.C. Housing Authority's selection of a development team for the overhaul of the Barry Farm public housing complex near Anacostia, several readers wrote in to question the choice of one member of the team, Baltimore-based A&R Development. One reader pointed me to a Washington City Paper story from a [...]

A Few Answers on the D.C.-JBG Disagreements Over 965 Florida Avenue

The disagreements over the merits of the two proposals for development of a city-owned parcel at 965 Florida Ave. NW are far from resolved, but I have some more clarity on a few of the points of contention.
After the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development selected a team of MRP Realty [...]

Franklin School Draws Interest From Four Developers

The Franklin School isn't the easiest property to develop. The gorgeous 1869 building has a central location on 13th Street NW, but it has the potential to scare off developers in several ways. First, it's crumbling. Second, both the exterior and parts of the interior have a historic designation, meaning that developers can't significantly alter [...]

DMPED Shifting Focus From Real Estate to Business

Mayor Vince Gray's budget proposal, released this morning, appears to contain two contradictory trends for the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development: The office's funding would get a substantial boost, while the number of projects it will complete is expected to decline steadily over the next few years.
DMPED, under the mayor's [...]

Two Developers Bid on Florida Ave. NW Parcel

Back in November, officials from the office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development walked developers around a valuable plot of land at the intersection of Florida and Sherman avenues NW. The property at 965 Florida Ave. NW—obtained by the city through a swap with Howard University that gave Howard the land it's now [...]

Will This Restaurant Pavilion Thing at St. Elizabeths Actually Work?

Yesterday, the District announced with much fanfare a request for proposals to design and build some sort of structure on the East Campus of St. Elizabeths that, theoretically, will house lots of little restaurants come this time next year. Think Boston's Faneuil Hall, San Francisco's Ferry Building, or hey, the reborn Union Market. It's gonna [...]

Another Chunk of City Land Back Up For Grabs: 7th and Rhode Island

Gradually, gradually, the city is scrapping Adrian Fenty-era-and-earlier plans for redevelopment projects on government land—either killed by the economy or fumbled by the last administration—and throwing them back out for bid. Up this week: Parcel 42, otherwise known as the big empty lot on the northeast corner of 7th and Rhode Island Avenue NW, kitty [...]

Why the Circulator’s Going to Skyland: A Theory

Since last November, the District Department of Transportation has been thinking through ways to run a Circulator east of the Anacostia River. Their greatest ambitions were curtailed by the realization that they had only six buses to work with, which meant the route had to be shorter. So now, the route will go from the [...]

District Putting Georgia Avenue Property Back on the Market

For the last four years or so, the one-story building at 6428 Georgia Avenue NW—a former Blockbuster in a pretty good location, at the intersection with Piney Branch Road next to a Safeway—has had a blue-and-yellow sign on it heralding the "Park East Condos" that would sell from "the low $200s."
Well, that plan didn't work [...]

Stevens School: New Process, Same People?

More than two years after the Adrian Fenty administration tried to sell off the historic Stevens Elementary School, Vince Gray's economic development team is starting over.
In what stands as one of the worst-handled real estate projects of Fenty's term—in an area with one of the most activist set of neighborhood associations in the city—nine bids [...]