Hine School Development to Move Forward After Court Denial

by UrbanTurf Staff

Hine School Development to Move Forward After Court Denial: Figure 1
A rendering of Hine School redevelopment.

The delayed Hine Junior High School redevelopment can finally move forward after the DC Court of Appeals denied a rehearing of a lawsuit against developer Stanton-Eastbanc, court documents show. News of the court’s decision was first reported by The Hill Rag.

The development has long been in limbo due to a legal challenge by a group of neighbors who oppose the project. The mixed-use plan for the site (map) would include about 160 residential units, 61,000 square feet of retail space, office space, a plaza and underground parking. It would also include some space for the neighborhood’s beloved market, but not as much as what’s there now.

Stanton-Eastbanc’s Planned Unit Development (PUD) for the site was approved by the Zoning Commission in 2012, but the project has been caught up in the District’s court system ever since.

An August decision from last year sides firmly with the Zoning Commission (ZC), suggesting it did its due diligence in approving the Planned Unit Development over the objections of neighbors. As part of their legal filing, neighbors argued the development’s height, which nears 100 feet, wasn’t properly looked at by the ZC. The DC Court of Appeals disagreed.

With today’s ruling, construction on the project will likely get started in the coming months and last about 2-3 years, putting the completion date at 2017 or 2018.

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/hine_school_development_to_move_forward_after_court_denial/9446

1 Comment

  1. Daniel Wolkoff said at 12:07 am on Tuesday January 27, 2015:
    Favorite quotes from Zoning Commission Chairman Anthony Hood “we don’t rubber stamp anything” Sure Mr. Hood, but during your last "rubber stamp" approval of the $billion, public land to corporate profit, give away of 25 acre McMillan Park, you were quoted, after three days of testimony supporting Save McMillan Park by dozens of witnesses, 100’‘s of letters, and over 7000 petition signatures, you said "no one has testified to saving all 25 acres of park". An open admission that you did not listen to three days of testimony or read any written testimony submitted by 100’s of opponents to ‘The Monstrosity on Michigan Avenue’, a hideous, humongous, environmentally destructive super-urbanization of public 25 acres of park land, by Visionless McMillan Partners. An ugly train wreck, right on top of a massive infrastructure failure of raw sewage and storm water run-off flooding our streets and into our basements and homes,,,you contribute 3000 asphalt parking spaces , and 50 buildings paving over public green space. Long time activist for McMillan Park, landscape architect Mary Pat Rowan reveals the Jamie Fontaine PR firm “astroturf campaign” hired by Jeff Miller Deputy Mayor for Miserable Planning and Conflict of Interest. In this City Council Committee Oversight hearing with Muriel Bowser, Deputy Mayor Miller lies to her face denying he hired them, and she does nothing about this affront and violation of a fair and open process? http://youtu.be/uXkOgHV7Lhw Join the lawsuit to Save McMillan Park for sustainable agriculture, Glen Echo type historic art/educational campus, Wolf Trap concert stage, for our children, in our city, and endless adaptive re-use by the PEOPLE. Take back your land from this talentless development conglomerate and City Council and Mayor fixing the process!

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