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DC Court Gives Eastbanc’s West End Project Go-Ahead

by UrbanTurf Staff

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Rendering of new Eastbanc residences and library.

A DC court has ruled that Eastbanc’s plan to redevelop the fire station and library along the 2300 block of L Street NW in the city’s West End can move forward.

The Washington Business Journal’s Michael Neibauer reported the decision on Thursday:

The D.C. Court of Appeals has rejected the D.C. Library Renaissance Project’s bid to overturn the previously approved West End planned-unit development. The Renaissance Project made three arguments: That the Zoning Commission wrongly waived inclusionary zoning requirements, that it undervalued the land, and, more generally, approved a project inconsistent with the District’s Comprehensive Plan.[The judges] agreed with the Renaissance Project on its right to bring the suit, but rejected every one of its arguments.

The Renaissance Project was formed by one-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader. It sought to stop the development on the grounds that it violated affordable housing guidelines.

UrbanTurf reported back in 2011 when New York and Mexico-based TEN Arquitectos and Eastbanc unveiled the initial designs for this project. Above is a rendering for the new library and the 172-unit condo project that will fill the 2300 block of L Street NW. Below is an early rendering for Square 50 at 23rd and M Street that will include a new firehouse and 52 affordable rental units (reserved for those making 60% of area-median income). The project will move forward with these same parameters.

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Eastbanc was originally chosen to redevelop the sites in 2010. Depending on when ground is broken on the project, construction is expected to take about 27 months.

Renderings courtesy of Eastbanc and TEN Arquitectos.

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11 Comments

  1. Michael said at 11:59 am on Thursday August 8, 2013:

    50 bucks that it will end up looking nothing like this.

  1. Found said at 12:01 pm on Thursday August 8, 2013:

    Some risk taking in DC’s architecture scene…I love it!

  1. me said at 2:06 pm on Thursday August 8, 2013:

    I love the new plan.  It looks visionary.  And I’m so glad that it’s not what I euphemistically call “mid-atlantic vernacular” which looks pretty crap-tastic.  You know, like this crap: http://www.allcitycorporatehousing.com/images/DC_Avalon/s1.jpg
    http://media3.rent.com/p/avalon-bellevue-park-apartments-bellevue—washington-98004-650X430-133900067.jpg
    http://media2.rent.com/p/avalon-at-traville-apartments-north-potomac—washington-dc-20850-650X430-133899180.jpg

    So the article could be beefier in detail.  Other than aesthetically, what is the difference between the old and new plans? No more fire house? No more affordable units?

    And who was at odds and why?? A little journalism 101 would be appropriate here.  the architects vs the DC License REnaissance Project? So confusing.

  1. Anonymous said at 2:42 pm on Thursday August 8, 2013:

    I’ll see your $50.00 and raise you $100k it gets built as depicted!

  1. Agreed said at 2:58 pm on Thursday August 8, 2013:

    I agree with your comment regarding details, “Me”. In general this site tends to often lack in any real journalistic beef (and proofreading) in its articles. I find myself having to research further, using OTHER sources, when I want to know more about some articles’ subjects. Urban Turf, you need to decide what kind of a source you really are - and then deliver.

  1. Sorosh said at 3:24 pm on Thursday August 8, 2013:

    Design looks incredible!! Cutting edge would be a serious understatement by DC standards. Hope it gets built as is.

  1. Wendy Leibowitz said at 3:45 pm on Thursday August 8, 2013:

    Such a shame that the architecture will be so disconnected from the beautiful brick town houses around nearby George Washington Circle, or near Dupont Circle. These ugly glass paperweights add no life to the neighborhood.

  1. RC said at 4:18 pm on Thursday August 8, 2013:

    I love the design—it feels like it belongs around Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side.  That area is as close to UWS as DC gets, so I think this makes a lot of sense for the area. 

    DC needs more of this.

  1. yup said at 4:45 pm on Thursday August 8, 2013:

    If anyone cares to know what this is actually about, I suggest the DCMUD blog.  That website actually gives background information. 

    Something important that was not mentioned here.  (if the DC mud blog is giving correct information).  The city gave this parcel of land to the developers. FOR FREAKING FREE.  Anyone else think that’s a little fishy??  Granted, the developer supposedly has to rebuild the fire house and the library, but it’s still a giveaway, considering how much money those condos bring in.  How does sh** happen?? Why isn’t there any outcry??

  1. Jason said at 9:48 am on Friday August 9, 2013:

    @yup,
    you suggest the DCMUD blog? It has not been updated since january…

  1. Hearst said at 11:15 am on Friday August 9, 2013:

    If you want news, read a newspaper.  If you want an “outcry” read 98% of all written content on the internet, and 99% of the comments.

    Sometimes, it’s okay for a blog to just provide some basic facts and some interesting pictures. Not everything has to be outraged and constantly worked up. 

    Urbanturf has new and moderately interesting content everyday. I appreciate that.

    Editors, thanks for a fun website.

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