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Old Posted Apr 19, 2018, 12:59 AM
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Appeals Court Nixes Dupont Church, Housing Project
Morgan Baskin
Apr 17, 2018
Washington Citypaper

"A D.C. Court of Appeals ruling issued Thursday put the kibosh (for now) on a project proposed by the St. Thomas Episcopal Parish, a 120-year-old church in Dupont Circle, to construct a building on its property that would function as both a site of worship and residential building with 56 units. The addition would restore St. Thomas's main structure, which burned down in a 1970 fire."
https://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/...ousing-project

This seems likely to have a chilling effect on the DC construction market.

In recent years, the DC Court of Appeals has been very active in overturning Zoning Commission decisions and blocking new development.
https://www.bisnow.com/washington-dc...rt-76657-76664

However, they seem to have stepped up their activism and are no longer merely blocking proposed projects, but have now blocked a project that is already under construction. The direct impact will likely delay this relatively small project for months or years. But, this new legal risk seems likely to halt any project that requires a zoning variance.
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Old Posted Apr 19, 2018, 5:40 PM
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Why are they doing this???
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Old Posted Apr 21, 2018, 3:23 AM
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D.C. Court of Appeal rulings

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Appeals Court Nixes Dupont Church, Housing Project
Morgan Baskin
Apr 17, 2018
Washington Citypaper

"A D.C. Court of Appeals ruling issued Thursday put the kibosh (for now) on a project proposed by the St. Thomas Episcopal Parish, a 120-year-old church in Dupont Circle, to construct a building on its property that would function as both a site of worship and residential building with 56 units. The addition would restore St. Thomas's main structure, which burned down in a 1970 fire."
https://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/...ousing-project

This seems likely to have a chilling effect on the DC construction market.

In recent years, the DC Court of Appeals has been very active in overturning Zoning Commission decisions and blocking new development.
https://www.bisnow.com/washington-dc...rt-76657-76664

However, they seem to have stepped up their activism and are no longer merely blocking proposed projects, but have now blocked a project that is already under construction. The direct impact will likely delay this relatively small project for months or years. But, this new legal risk seems likely to halt any project that requires a zoning variance.
Indeed, this recent Court of Appeals ruling may have a chilling effect on development in the District. This is deplorable and troublesome, as it brings uncertainty and risk into the development process. On a more positive note, however, the situation may not be long term, as the mayor and city council are quite aware of the predicament developer's face, and various measures are under consideration to stem legal challenges to approved projects. Let's hope they are successful.

It appears the core issue under challenge, and on which the courts are acting, is the "process" of approval of a project, or, in more simply terms, the "why," on what terms, a project was approved. On a fundamental level, the power and authority of government—that being, in these cases, the District of Columbia and its respective agencies—is under challenge. Until legislation is enacted that precisely codifies the authority of the District with respects to development—how and what is built, within its jurisdictional borders—legal challenges, in one shape or another, are likely to continue.

In regards to the St. Thomas Episcopal Parish project referenced above, the legal challenge concerns a variance. The city and its agencies deemed the project worthy of a minor variance, which was then granted. Now the Court is saying that maybe the variance should not have been given, that the reasons to provide relief—that is, the variance—were questionable.

Here's the link to a Washington Post article that looks into how the District is trying to respond to the legal challenges:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...=.a6db21538186
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Old Posted Apr 21, 2018, 3:57 AM
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Legal Challenges to Approved Projects

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Why are they doing this???
Good question. Generally, it appears, the answer falls under the rubric "social justice" activism. To some people, the ongoing development in the District of Columbia and the changes it may bring, is alarming and threatening. While in some instances, the activists have had valid reasons to oppose a particular project, more often, the opposition appears to be simply geared around the principle of "opposing"—that is, to oppose any and all development that doesn't exactly coincide with their worldview.

Here's a link to a Washington Post article that delves into the activist activity—the who they are, and why:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...=.ba389442836d

And here's an activist opinion response piece:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...=.ce1762733f61
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Old Posted Apr 23, 2018, 8:17 PM
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Southwest-- Federal Center

Demolition of the old fire station in Federal Center, SW, started recently. The fire station relocated a few years ago to the ground floor of the Hyatt Place on 4th St, SW, and this site has been vacant since then. A CitizenM hotel with 253 rooms and a 195-unit residential building are planned at the site. I took this photo while at lunch today.



Here is a rendering of the development.

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^ That's quite the upgrade for that site!
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^ That's quite the upgrade for that site!
Yes-- L'Enfant Plaza and Federal Center, south of the Mall, have long been dead in the evenings and on the weekends but there is a new museum, another museum under construction, new restaurants, new hotels, and several new residential developments planned for this area. It is indeed a welcome upgrade.
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What a Large Water Transportation Network Would Look Like in the DC Area

This would be a tremendous benefit for the DC region.

What a Large Water Transportation Network Would Look Like in the DC Area

April 19, 2018
By Nena Perry-Brown
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Map of a potential regional water-surface transportation network. (Image courtesy of Urban Turf)

"A lot of development has been sprouting up along the regional riverfronts, from National Harbor in Prince George's County to the first phase of The Wharf to plans for The Yards, C&O Canal and Poplar Point. However, between the roadways and public transportation, the accessibility from various points along the rivers is still lacking.

Here is how a regionwide water-surface transportation network could look — and how it could be successful..."

https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/bl...ortation/13834
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Reservation 13 - construction has finally started

This should have no impact on the hopeful location of Amazon HQ2 on Reservation 13.

https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/bl...ation-13/13884

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Skinny 18-25 Unit Condo Project Planned Between Logan Circle and Shaw

Skinny 18-25 Unit Condo Project Planned Between Logan Circle and Shaw

April 24, 2018
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"A new condo development has been proposed for a skinny plot of land between Logan Circle and Shaw.

Artery Capital has plans for a condominium project with 18-25 units at the site of a two-story building at 1128 10th Street NW. The by-right project is not subject to inclusionary zoning requirements or any parking requirements..."

https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/bl...for-shaw/13889
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Wow that skinny lot building looks really cool. Would love to see those kind of buildings on small lots all over the city!
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Here are a couple of photos I took of a residential development at 7th Street, SW, a few weeks ago.



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Glover Park

I took these photos of the redevelopment of the former (motel, hotel) Holiday Inn on Wisconsin Ave, NW, yesterday. 225 residential units and a Trader Joe's are planned for this site. In addition to replacing the Holiday Inn, this also replaces a surface parking lot. This site is located just north of Georgetown.







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U Street/Dupont Circle

Interesting fact-- when my wife and I visited Turkiye a few years ago, we learned that the mausoleum at Halicarnassus (modern day Bodrum) influenced the architecture of the Masonic temple in D.C.

100-Unit Apartment Project Proposed For Lot Behind 16th Street’s Masonic Temple

May 1, 2018
By Nena Perry-Brown
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The lot behind the Masonic Temple. (Image courtesy of Urban Turf)

"A large residential development is on the boards for one of the last wide open spaces south of U Street NW.

On Tuesday evening, Perseus Development presented plans for the potential development of the Masonic Temple-owned lot at 15th Street and S Street NW. The development team is currently contemplating a by-right 96,000 square-foot apartment building with roughly 100 or more apartments. The site is zoned RA-8 and the building would be 50 feet high with a penthouse while also taking advantage of an inclusionary zoning density bonus..."

https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/bl...c-temple/13923
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Old Posted May 4, 2018, 1:09 AM
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Of course they did...DC Court of Appeals yet again overturns the Zoning Commission.


Appeals Court Blocks 1,400-Unit Barry Farm Project In Southeast D.C.

Jon Banister
Bisnow Washington, D.C.
April 26, 2018


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The D.C. Court of Appeals has stripped the approval of one of the largest residential developments in D.C., a major win for activists in the appeal battle playing out across the District. The court Thursday issued its order vacating the approval of the Barry Farm development and sending it back to the Zoning Commission to restart the approval process. The ruling, first reported by the Washington Business Journal, is the third time the D.C. Court of Appeals has blocked a Zoning Commission-approved planned-unit development in recent years as it considers an unprecedented string of appeal cases.

https://www.bisnow.com/washington-dc...heast-dc-87798

Interestingly, one judge Roy McLeese has served on several of these panels that have been overturning the Zoning Commission. He has successfully re-positioned the court from its historical role of deferring to the zoning commission/anc process to instead taking a much more activist role.
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New Fredrick Douglas Memorial Bridge construction update (prepping foundations)--


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Thank you for posting the Frederick Douglass bridge photos. The construction for 71 Potomac, a new residential building across the street from Nationals Park and next to Dock 79 is visible in the top photo.


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Here are a couple of photos I took of two residential buildings under construction on 6th Street, SW. This is across the street from Arena Stage.



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Expect to see more projects scrapped/downsized as developers forgo the PUD process which has been thrown into turmoil by the DC Court of Appeals. Greater Greater Washington has a good overview of the PUD (Planned Unit Development) process which allows developers can build larger projects in exchange for community benefits, and how it has essentially been broken by a series of Court of Appeals decisions which has overturned several of these PUD approvals and sparked a surge in litigation by activists.


Douglas Scraps Plan For Shepherd Park Project Following Appeal, Instead Signs Target For Small-Format Store

May 07, 2018 Jon Banister, Bisnow Washington, D.C.

https://www.bisnow.com/washington-dc...erd-park-88162

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Douglas Development had planned to build a 199-unit, Harris Teeter-anchored project in D.C.'s Shepherd Park neighborhood, but an appeal delayed the project for too long and it is now charting a different course.

The developer Thursday withdrew its planned-unit development application for the project, and Monday Target announced it signed on with Douglas to open a small-format store in the property's existing one-story building.

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