ANC 2C Supports Hotel in Shaw, LivingSocial Out at 655 New York Ave.

by Shilpi Paul

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Rendering of Baywood Hotel and Dantes Partner’s proposed development.

At Wednesday night’s ANC 2C meeting, the commissioners voted 2-1, with one abstention, to support the Baywood Hotels and Dantes Partner proposal for the redevelopment of Parcel 42. The much-discussed plot of land is at the intersection of 7th Street NW and Rhode Island Avenue NW, close to the Shaw Library and around the corner from Progression Place. ANC 2C will be writing a letter of support to the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, who will make the final decision.

Commissioners Alex Padro and Kevin Chapple spoke out in favor of Dantes Partner’s proposal because of the 102-room hotel, which they hope will lead to a good number of permanent jobs and a constant security presence in the area. The supported plan also includes 22 affordable residential units, which will be limited to those making 50 percent of the area median income, along with 5,000+ square feet of retail space occupied by a retail tenant named Milk and Honey.

While a couple of community groups spoke out in favor of the proposal from POUNDS Properties and Jubilee Housing, which planned for 40 percent of their 100-unit residential project to be affordable, Chairman Padro felt it was not feasible, remembering a past plan that fell through due to it’s high affordable housing requirement. Commissioner Rachelle Nigro expressed support for the plan from Neighborhood Development Corporation, whose proposal includes a high-density residential building with Yes! Organic as the tenant. When UrbanTurf polled readers, NDC’s proposal was the second most popular.

In other news, Douglas Development stopped by in advance of a meeting with the Board of Zoning Adjustment in February regarding 655 New York Avenue NW, a block-sized office building. The representative said that the office tenants have not been established yet, but that LivingSocial, rumored to be one of the tenants, was no longer on the table as an option.

In food news, Rasika restaurateur Ashok Bajaj was in attendance — his first ANC — to discuss plans for his latest project at 800 F Street NW, the former site of Zola. An American cuisine restaurant should be opening up there in the spring, and Bajaj received support from the committee on his request for a liquor license.

Finally, a representative from the restaurant Corduroy stopped by to seek support for a liquor license for their newest project, Baby Wale, a casual American restaurant planned for at 1124 9th Street NW. They are hoping to open up in February. The committee threw their support behind the request, with the stipulation that the owners of Corduroy try to build better relations with Mood Lounge, which rents space in property owned by them.

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8 Comments

  1. AP said at 5:50 pm on Thursday December 6, 2012:

    Not sure how I feel about the hotel proposal.  I mean, would people really choose to stay here over, say, the hotel being built at CityMarket at O or the hotels proposed for 9th Street?  I just don’t see it being that profitable.  Oh well, I guess that’s up to the hotel owner and operator to figure out.  My first choice would have been the residential building proposed by Neighborhood Development Corp.

  1. Adam L said at 7:41 pm on Thursday December 6, 2012:

    I’m with AP. This seems like an odd choice for this area. A hotel isn’t the worst thing in the world, and the proximity to Howard is key, but there would seem to be heavy competition from anything built at CityMarket.

  1. jp said at 10:45 pm on Thursday December 6, 2012:

    This is a good spot for a hotel because hotel vacancies are very low across the city and rates are incredibly high.  Not sure if you have noticed tourists in this city, but not all of them can afford the high end hotels slated for city center and City Market at O. 

    7th and Rhode Island is across from the metro, and it will be nice to have a budget hotel not that far from downtown.  It’ll add some diversity to and much needed retail to the neighborhood.

  1. Anthony F said at 2:31 am on Friday December 7, 2012:

    I’m with JP on this one. The numbers favor the likelihood of a hotel being very profitable. I see this project being the catalyst of further economic development in the area. I’m not too familiar with all of the other proposals, but I do know that they do not put forth a plan that will serve the needs of the community. I’ve lived in Shaw for 21 years, and I’ve never been this excited about a development project. I;m pretty sure that my family will be staying in those hotels, when they come in town, in a few years. It’s what our community wants!

  1. SP said at 9:07 am on Friday December 7, 2012:

    I am sorry, but of all the proposals, the ANC chooses the pink flamingo?  Let me get this straight – in this 100,000 square foot building Dantes Partners/Baywood Hotels is planning to build 100+ hotel rooms, 22,000 square feet of affordable housing at 50% of area median income, a 5,000+ square foot Milk and Honey grocery store and two levels of underground parking?  Anyone who understands construction knows this building will cost a cool $40+ million, which means it’s not financeable without major subsidies from DC.  This project was supposed to be feasible without additional subsidy from the city.  And has anyone ever heard of Milk and Honey?  I just googled it – they have one location in Baltimore, and their marketing spiel is “Open 7 Days a Week!”  Wow they aim high—now that’s a Class A tenant.  As if their plan wasn’t already impossible enough, Dantes/Baywood’s plan is contingent on raising equity for their project from the EB5 program with the federal government – they need cash from foreigners who want green cards to make their project work???  The ANC and the Deputy Mayor should choose one of the other plans.  RFP’s should be about feasibility.  Choose the project that will add the most to the community…but please make sure it’s REALISTIC.  The 2 commissioners who voted for this proposal said it will bring jobs to the community.  Please take note, zero % of a million = zero.  A project that promises jobs that has 0% likelihood equals zero jobs for Shaw.

  1. PJ said at 9:33 am on Friday December 7, 2012:

    I wish people did their research before they typed story length comments about something they lack knowledge of. The only proposal that would require any District subsidy is the Jubilee proposal. The ANC made their decision based off of the facts and the overall community support. I just purchased a home in the Shaw neighborhood and I spoke to the developers with the Baywood hotel proposal. Even after the ANC voted in favor for their proposal, they set around and spoke to my wife and I for a while. And SP, EB5 Investments have proven to be successful. I hope you aren’t affiliated with any of the other developers. If so, it’s quite pathetic. I’m glad that my community is pushing for the right proposal. I’ll get back to work now….

  1. PCC said at 4:12 pm on Friday December 7, 2012:

    @SP: I share some doubts—particularly that I’d prefer a mixed-income proposal to one that includes an all-affordable component—but not two of your doubts. If it’s the same Milk & Honey, there’s also two locations in West Philly and Center City. The Baywood investors may already have EB5 sponsors lined up, seeing as there seems to be never-ending demand for hotels back in Gujurat.

  1. Pall Spera said at 7:27 am on Tuesday January 29, 2013:

    I agree with JP.  An economical hotel is needed in that area.  And I’m sure it won’t be too long after the hotel is up and running (or even before) that economical restaurants come flocking.

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