Friday Updates: Reservation 13, KFC Site, Dead Man’s Run
Yesterday, the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development’s (DMPED) office released a Request for Expressions of Interest for development of parcels F1 and G1 on Reservation 13/Hill East Waterfront. Development teams must submit responses by Monday, January 7. I’m working with my ANC 6B colleagues and DMPED to schedule a community meeting to update residents on the RFEI process and timeline. I also plan to post some additional information on the RFEI soon.
At a neighborhood meeting last night, Paul Millstein of Douglas Development said the company hopes to begin building a two-story retail/office building at the old KFC site (1442 Pennsylvania Avenue SE) in the next 60 days. Construction would take 4 months and Douglas would seek tenants once the building is finished. Millstein shared updated plans (pdf) for the building and said that a planned roof deck would be limited to the Pennsylvania Avenue side. Douglas Development is also trying to determine whether or not they will have to re-appear before the Board of Zoning Adjustment to request variance relief for the project, which would delay construction (they originally sought and were granted relief from BZA for a two-story retail building at the site two years ago). Since the only change is in the design of the facade, Commissioner Jared Critchfield (6B06) and I will ask our colleagues at next Tuesday’s ANC 6B meeting to send a letter to the Zoning Administrator encouraging him to allow the project to move forward without additional BZA review. If you have any questions or concerns about the updated plans, please contact me.
I’m looking forward to participating once again in the Dead Man’s Run 5K tomorrow (Sat., Oct. 6), 6 pm at Congressional Cemetery (1801 E Street SE). If you haven’t registered, I encourage you to do so by visiting the Congressional Cemetery website. All proceeds go towards the preservation and maintenance of the cemetery. Hope to see you there!