Eastern Market redevelopment gets court’s okay


A lot next to Eastern Market is part of a longstanding redevelopment proposal set to move forward after a Thursday court decision. (The Washington Post)

Updated 8/31 to clarify Nader’s lack of participation in the Hine litigation

Six years ago, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee moved to close 23 schools, and none of those properties was more coveted by developers than the Hine Junior High site, on Pennsylvania Avenue SE smack between Eastern Market and the eponymous Metro station. Now, to some neighbors’ dismay, it appears a redevelopment plan might be going forward after much delay after the D.C. Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected challenges levied by a neighborhood group. The ruling is a new setback for those skeptical of public-private land deals in the city — who include famed activist Ralph Nader — but the fight may not be over: A similar adverse judgment in the West End Library case, litigated by the same attorney, was followed by a rehearing request that further delayed the planned redevelopment. More coverage from WBJHousing Complex and Capitol Hill Corner.

In other news:

Off-duty D.C. cops had been at downtown nightclub with suspects before Wednesday morning shooting (PostWRC-TVAP)

Barry Farm residents on Ferguson: “Oh, it can happen here” (Post column)

Former D.C. cop Ronald Hampton reflects on real policing in wake of Ferguson (WAMU-FM)

Hundreds gather in Meridian Hill Park for Ferguson solidarity vigil (Post)

There will be a mayoral debate Sept. 17, regardless if Muriel Bowser shows up (DofD)

Time for a rational debate system in D.C. mayoral races? (Blade)

Bowser talks tech: “a broad vision, though not a deep one” (WBJ)

Has she had change of heart on tax breaks for tech investors? (WBJ)

Elissa Silverman guests on today’s Politics Hour (WAMU-FM)

Where D.C. residents were born: New York, probably (NYTWAMU-FM)

More on grumbles on revised body art regulations (WAMU-FM)

Redskins appeal trademark decision in federal court (Post)

Dexter Motley, 25, victim of Wednesday night shooting near Shrimp Boat, has died (Homicide Watch)

ABC Board clears way for online booze deliveries (DofDAPWBJDCistCity Desk)

D.C.’s professional brewers organize D.C. Brewers’ Guild (WBJ)

St. Elizabeths east campus infrastructure goes out for rebid (WBJ)

Why city land is so crucial to creating affordable housing (Housing Complex)

Metro isn’t getting as many trains through the Rosslyn tunnel bottleneck as it could be (WAMU-FM)

MedStar makes nice with community clinics as it expands primary-care network (WBJ)

More on the “$600 million question” of figuring out to pay for a post-statehood criminal justice system (Roll Call)

Marion Barry is paid up on his ethics fine (@mikedebonis)

It’s official: Samsung buys D.C.-based home automation startup SmartThings, which will be moving to Silicon Valley (Re/codeTechCrunch)

TransitScreen inks deal with JBG to put transportation info screens in at least 10 buildings (Digger)

How to spend $40 in Petworth (GOG)

The “love locks” are gone (Post)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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