Some good news on the long-stalled development plans at Reservation 13. Late last week, Mayor Gray submitted legislation to the DC Council related to the surplus declaration and disposition of Parcels F1 & G1 of the Hill East/Reservation 13 development. The two resolutions (listed below) have been added to the agenda of an already scheduled Committee on Economic Development/Committee on Government Operations Joint Public Roundtable (pdf) on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2:00 pm in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW).
- Hill East Redevelopment Phase 1: Parcels F-1 and G-1 Surplus Declaration Resolution of 2014 (pdf)
- Hill East Redevelopment Phase 1: Parcels F-1 and G-1 Disposition Approval Resolution of 2014 (pdf)
If enacted, the city will formally transfer Parcels F1 & G1 to Donatelli Development and Blue Skye Development. The Donatelli/Blue Skye plans call for two mixed-use buildings with 354 apartments and around 20,000 square feet of retail space. Thirty percent (106) of the total units will be affordable housing units (53 at 30 percent of Area Median Income (AMI) and 53 at 60 percent AMI).
While the term sheet and land disposition agreement (LDA) have yet to be posted online, Michael Neibauer of the Washington Business Journal reports that the agreement prohibits “laundromats, check cashing establishments, adult entertainment, liquor stores and drive-thru services.”
I plan to testify in support of the legislation during Tuesday’s Joint Public Roundtable. ANC 6B will also consider the Disposition Approval Resolution during its Dec. 9 commission meeting (ANC 6B is already on record in support of declaring F-1 and G-1 surplus). If you would like to testify or submit written comments on the resolutions, send an e-mail to Tsega Bekele, Legislative Counsel to the Committee on Economic Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.