Posts Tagged ‘Howard Town Center’

Evans Bill Would Strip Howard Town Center Funding

In late 2012, the D.C. Council approved an $11 million tax break for the development of Howard Town Center, a mixed-use project on Georgia Avenue across from and owned by Howard University, despite the fact that then-D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi had deemed the subsidy unnecessary. Now that plans for the Howard Town Center have [...]

After a Rough Year for Howard, a Rare Reprieve

The year 2013 has not been kind to Howard University. As I laid out in this week's paper, the 2013 Encyclopedia of D.C., Howard has jumped from one disaster to another: a letter from a university trustee warning that the school was “in genuine trouble” and “will not be here in three years if we don’t [...]

If Everyone Wants Howard Town Center, Why’s It on Hold?

The biggest development project on Lower Georgia Avenue has taken a bitter turn, with Howard University terminating the development agreement and the developer suing in response. But when you ask both sides what they want to see in the Howard Town Center—a 445-apartment complex with retail including a grocery store, developed by a partnership of [...]

Howard Town Center Developer Sues University Over Project Termination

The developer behind Howard Town Center  sued Howard University yesterday for alleged wrongful termination of the agreement between the two parties to carry out the Georgia Avenue NW mixed-use development.
The lawsuit from Howard Town Center Developer, LLC, led by the Rockville-based Cohen Companies, alleges that Howard canceled the agreement without proper notification, as laid out [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Council Committee Approves Tax Break That CFO Called Unnecessary

A D.C. Council committee approved an $11 million tax break today for the Howard Town Center development on Georgia Avenue NW—despite the fact that Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi deemed the break unnecessary.
The Council's finance and revenue committee approved the 10-year, 100 percent property tax abatement, plus three other tax breaks, in less than a [...]

Howard Town Center Developers Unveil “Cartoon”-Like Plans

"My wife asked me to come over here and ask for a Trader Joe's," said one meeting attendee.
Another resident pushed for more affordably-priced apartments.
And then several attendees called for support to neighboring Georgia Avenue businesses.
After years of stagnation, the $150 million Howard Town Center is finally beginning to take form—and everyone has a wish list.
Developer [...]