» This Story:Read +| Comments

The Breaking News Blog

All the latest news from the District, Maryland and Virginia

Riverfront Parcel Lures Developers

A group led by Urban Atlantic submitted this design, one of four competing proposals for the old D.C. General Hospital area.
A group led by Urban Atlantic submitted this design, one of four competing proposals for the old D.C. General Hospital area. (Courtesy Of New Hill East Jv)

Network News

X Profile
View More Activity
By Paul Schwartzman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, January 29, 2009

More than a dozen developers are vying to create a new destination on 67 acres along the Anacostia River, the last unclaimed parcel on Washington's waterfront.

This Story

Set on the eastern edge of Capitol Hill, just south of RFK Stadium, the site has been a virtual no man's land for years, home to the shuttered D.C. General Hospital, parking lots, a methadone clinic and assorted medical facilities.

As part of the District's quest to revive the city's waterfront, the administration of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty hopes to build a neighborhood, with office and apartment buildings, retail space, parks and a newly extended Massachusetts Avenue leading to the Anacostia River.

"It's a great site, a great location, and the community is hungry for progress," said Genevieve Hanson, the District's development manager overseeing the project.

Even as the economic crisis has all but frozen new construction, District officials and the developers are counting on financial conditions easing by the time they're ready to build.

Beginning last month, four development teams presented proposals to Capitol Hill community leaders and residents, who have until the end of today for public comment. Fenty (D) is to choose a developer in early spring.

The development teams include area builders such as Anthony Lanier, who has built $1 million condominiums in Georgetown; Jim Abdo, who has revived Logan Circle and part of the H Street corridor; and Chris Donatelli, whose residential projects above Metro stations have helped redefine U Street, Petworth and Columbia Heights.

"This is a site of significance and prominence, and it's attracting some of the best and biggest regional, local and national players," Abdo said. "It's an important site, it's sizable, and there are not that many of them. We're not surrounded by prairie land where you can expand the city's borders."

The Hill East development, as it is known, is the District's fourth major waterfront initiative, each of which began under the administration of Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D). Developers are in various stages of planning and construction of communities near the Washington Nationals' ballpark, at Poplar Point and along the Southwest waterfront.

Hill East is owned by the federal government, although it is slated to be transferred to the District.

As requested by city officials, each development team has proposed a mixture of residential and commercial buildings, along with medical and recreational facilities and outdoor space. But each team stresses something different.

The Franklin L. Haney Co., whose team includes Donatelli, envisions far more office space than its competitors, as well as almost 2 million square feet of residential buildings.


CONTINUED     1        >

» This Story:Read +| Comments

More in the D.C. Section

Fixing D.C. Schools

Fixing D.C. Schools

The Washington Post investigates the state of the schools and the lessons of failed and successful reforms.

Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods

Use Neighborhoods to learn about Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia communities.

Top High Schools

Top High Schools

Jay Mathews identifies the nation's most challenging high schools and explains why they're best.

FOLLOW METRO ON:
Facebook Twitter RSS
|
GET LOCAL ALERTS:
© 2009 The Washington Post Company

Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity