Posts Tagged ‘Jack Evans’

A Demographic Breakdown of the Mayoral Primary

If only the neighborhoods with the most children had turned out to vote in last week's Democratic mayoral primary, Vince Gray would be cruising to a second term. But Muriel Bowser came away the winner after dominating the areas with the lowest poverty and unemployment rates. Meanwhile, Jack Evans and Tommy Wells had their best results in the whitest precincts, while sixth-place finisher Vincent [...]

A Declaration of Wharf

Eight years after the city selected a developer for the megadevelopment along the Southwest Waterfront known as The Wharf, the project officially broke ground today, ushered in by the city's leading—and competing—elected officials.
Mayor Vince Gray was accompanied on stage in a heated tent at the waterfront by his three top challengers for the Democratic mayoral primary [...]

Leading Mayoral Candidates Weigh in on Housing and Homelessness

In a city with a rapidly rising cost of living, the issues of housing and homelessness are at the forefront of just about every mayoral debate. Now a coalition of religious organizations and housing advocates—comprising the Good Faith Communities Coalition, The Way Home, the Fair Budget Coalition, and the Foundry United Methodist Church—has done us [...]

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 [...]

What the Post Sale Means for Development

There are two answers to this question that immediately come to mind: 1. Not much. 2. We don't know yet. For these reasons, I've been reluctant to weigh in on the news of Jeff Bezos' purchase of the Washington Post. But it's big enough news for the city—and, yes, potentially for its real estate—that I [...]

You Don’t Know Jack’s

It’s winter at Jack’s Boathouse. There are no customers stepping gingerly into rocking canoes, no seasonal workers grabbing paddles from the rack, no lingering scent of sunscreen and bug spray. A chain blocks off the parking lot, and the 130-foot main dock is hibernating at its off-season home near the Pentagon.
This would normally be the [...]

Norton Urges Park Service Not to Screw Up Jack’s Boathouse

The controversy over Jack's Boathouse is heating up, and D.C.'s representative in Congress just weighed in.
The National Park Service is seeking to end its longterm relationship with the popular Georgetown boathouse and open up the space to bids for a concession contract, which it hopes to award by the end of next month. Jack's owner [...]

Jack’s Boathouse Owner: Park Service Doesn’t Own Land Where It’s Terminating Lease

The National Park Service is moving quickly to award a new contract for the waterfront space currently occupied by Jack's Boathouse. But Jack's owner Paul Simkin and his attorney think they may have discovered something that could put the process on hold: They assert that the property no longer belongs to NPS.
The 1985 D.C. Council [...]

Do We Need a Lower Property Tax Limit?

With home values rising, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans introduced legislation yesterday to limit increases in property taxes. Currently, the growth in a homeowner's taxable assessment is limited to 10 percent, lowered from an earlier 25 percent limit. Evans' bill would reduce the cap to 5 percent. It would also eliminate the current 40 percent [...]

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 [...]

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