Hine Development to Move Forward

The DC Court of Appeals today denied the petitioners' request for rehearing en banc of their lawsuit objecting to Stanton-Eastbanc's plan to redevelop the site of Hine Junior High School on Capitol Hill. The court's action opens the way for the project to proceed this spring. -

Stanton-Eastbanc, now poised to create a new $150 million development, won the right to redevelop the District's parcel through a competitive bid process initiated by the District government in 2008.

The Zoning Commission issued the order approving the planned unit development (PUD) application in Oct. 2012--nearly a year after Hine School development team Stanton-Eastbanc filed its PUD--and later reaffirmed its decision in March 2013.

The Zoning Commission approved the proposal to bring a 461,946-square-foot mixed-use residential, office and retail project to Pennsylvania Avenue, across from the Eastern Market Metro station. The project will include between 150 and 180 residential units, of which 46 will be designated for affordable housing and of those 17 will be reserved for senior housing. The new development will bring as many as 330 parking spaces to two levels of below-grade parking.

Stanton-Eastbanc sought a approval from the Commission to maximize height and density and to change the zoning on the property, among other requests and exceptions.

One of the more controversial requests included in the PUD was that a portion of the property be permitted a height of 94.5 feet to accommodate the elevator overrun. Nearby residents objected to the impact the large structure would have on their historic two- and three-story townhomes. Ultimately the commission allowed the height increase of the office component of the project because that height was deemed “essential to the successful functioning of the project,” according to the October 2012 order.

In exchange for the requested relief and the approval of a project larger than would be permitted under the site’s zoning, Stanton-Eastbanc committed to a variety of public amenities, including the reopening of C St. SE, a new public plaza, affordable housing, and accommodations for the weekend flea market that currently uses the school’s parking lots for vendor tables and parking.

"We are delighted to finally move forward. We plan on beginning remediation of the building mid February. That should take about 60+ days; following which we will begin razing the building. We are meeting with neighbors and flea market to inform and to coordinate," stated Kenneth A. Golding, principal of Stanton Development.

"Absolutely wonderful news.  I have always been convinced this project will transform Capitol Hill in positive ways.  It's time to get it built!" stated Kirsten Oldenburg, Chair ANC 6B.

Shaun Courtney is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of District Source, a D.C. real estate and neighborhood news blog, co-founded and supported by Lindsay Reishman Real Estate. Shaun has been a local reporter in DC since 2009 and has called the city home since 2002. She currently lives in Kingman Park. Read more from District Source. - See more at: http://www.capitalcommunitynews.com/content/hine-development-move-forwar...