In what has already been an epically long discussion, Stanton-Eastbanc, the developers behind the Hine School redevelopment, will continue their hearing before the Zoning Commission for a third day in mid-July. Their meetings a week ago and last night have already totaled about ten hours. The Eastern Market Metro Community Association (EMMCA) blog has been providing comprehensive recaps of the deliberation.
While a few ANC commissioners attended the hearing last night to speak out in support of the project, several neighbors stopped by to protest the size and scale of the redevelopment, and the manager of the Sunday flea market pressed the importance of the market to the local economy.
Because of new proposed legislation moving the flea market to 7th Street temporarily, rather than closing it down during construction, and other compromises, it appears hopeful that the proposal will eventually pass.
From the EMMCA blog:
Concessions by the developer to not put high impact commercial on the 8th and D Street corner, and hints of siting a child care facility at that location may have taken the buffer issue off the table. New information from the developer’s traffic consultant and discussions with DDOT appear to have resolved the most serious issues raised by the DDOT Transportation Study. No detailed critiques of the design were offered by any of the parties in opposition, and though CHRS will insist on changes to the design fronting Pennsylvania Avenue (though not the height of the project) when it testifies, without the strong support of the ANC, it is not clear how seriously the Zoning Commission will take objections on either height or design issues.
We will continue to keep you updated as the development progresses.
This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/discussion_not_over_for_hine_school_redevelopment_team/5689
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