FROM THE GROUND UP
Clearing Space for a New View on 14th Street
Six Comcast cable television satellite dishes that had been parked on a 7,000-square-foot "dish farm" at the corner of 14th Street and Florida Avenue NW for 20 years were ceremoniously removed last week to make way for a nine-story, 185-unit apartment project.
Level 2 Development of the District agreed to pay $3.2 million for the removal of the dishes, the installation of underground cables and relay systems to take their place, and the refurbishment of a nearby 100-unit cooperative apartment building. In return, the District allowed Level 2 to increase the number of units in the $80 million View 14 project from 120 to 185, as well as install 34,000 square feet of retail space.
"It had been a real eyesore for 20 years," said David Franco, a principal at Level 2, adding that the negotiations with Comcast took two years.
View 14 is scheduled open in early 2009.
-- Thomas Heath