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Another I-395 Air-Rights project in MVT upcoming

The Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) recently released a RFEI for development of Squares 0560 and 0563N near 2nd & H Streets NW. Square 0560 represents the Air Rights over I-395 above H Street that is currently occupied by a two level parking structure. Square 0563N is a triangular parcel between 2nd Street, New Jersey Ave and H Street NW that is currently a fenced in gravel parking lot.

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It is not entirely clear to me whether the Air-Rights parking structure would be torn down and this project would start anew? Or if the parking structure could be reinforced to support new development above it. I would guess the later but am unsure.

RFEI submissions are due August 28th. After a short list is compiled from the submissions a formal RFP (Request for Proposals) process will begin in the fall.

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Mayor Gray selects Peebles bid for 5th & Eye

It was announced this morning that Mayor Gray and the Office of the Deputy Major of Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) selected the Peebles Corporation and Walker Group bid for the 5th and Eye RFP site. As we learned from the RFP Finalist presentations on Dec 19th and the Peebles bid calls for a Standard Hotel, 59 branded residences, ground floor retail, 100 off-site affordable housing units near the Anacostia metro station, and a $2,000,000 commitment to upgrade the parks (Milian and Seaton) at the 5th and Eye intersection.

Peebles hotel rendering as of 12/19/2013; WDC Architects

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ANC6E supports Akridge and CSG for 5th and Eye RFP

At the February ANC6E meeting the finalists for the 5th and Eye RFP attended and presented their Best and Final Offers (BAFOs) to the community. The 5 minute presentations by the developers focused on what aspects of the team’s proposals had changed since the Dec 19th presentations to address the community feedback. Rather than bury the lead at the end of the article I will say that the ANC vote resulted in a tie for the Akridge/JAG residential project and the Trammell Crow/CSG office building. Commissioner Marge Maceda, who represents the impacted single member district, favored Akridge/JAG. The Office of the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) will ultimately make the final selection for the awarding the RFP.

The full rank order of the finalists by the ANC is in the chart below.

ANC6E endorses both Akridge/JAG (right) and TC/CSG (left)

ANC6E endorses both Akridge/JAG (right) and TC/CSG (left)

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Public Presentations from Potential 5th & I Development Groups

The potential developers for the 5th and I St. NW RFP will be presenting plans to the community on Thursday, December 19th at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held at the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District office at 901 4th St. NW. The meeting will be videotaped.

The following developers were selected as finalists for the project:

  • Akridge, Jefferson Apartment Group, Jarvis Company, Escoff and Associates
  • JBG, Moddie Turay Company, Morris Adjmi Architects, Eric Colbert and Associates
  • Trammell Crow, CSG Urban Partners, Leo A Daly
  • Peebles Corporation, Walker Group, WDG Architects
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WaPo: D.C. drops Donohoe as developer of Mount Vernon Triangle hotel

Jonathan O’Connell of the Washington Post’s Capital Business column reports that the District has dropped Donohoe Development as the developer of the 5th & Eye RFP site. Donohoe initially promised a 475,000-square-foot project made up of a 261-room Spanish luxury hotel by Meliá Hotels International and a 160-unit apartment building, with housing for artists, and retail space. A spokesperson from Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development’s office said the project will be re-bid later this year.

The public presentations of the original RFPs for 5th & Eye occurred on May 1, 2008. My recap of that meeting was one of my earliest postings after joining the blog. At the time the Donohoe proposal was the most inspired and earned the endorsements of local community organizations and ANC6C. That ultimately led to Donohoe being awarded the RFP in September 2008.

The economic slowdown/housing crisis understandably grinded progress to a halt in 2009 and 2010. However I do feel the total absence in progress by Donohoe in 2011 and 2012 was a damning indicator. Nor did they give us any reason to be optimistic for 2013. Residential buildings on other sites have been flying up the last two years in the Triangle and around the city. Yet all this site got was a parking lot and some lip service about potentially breaking ground in 2014 (six years after the RFP award). So I do agree its time to move on even if that potentially pushes things back a year as we have absolutely no reason to be confident in Donohoe. The Mount Vernon Triangle deserves better.

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Deputy Mayor to address ANC6C on 5th & I Development this Thursday

Three years ago the Office of the Deputy Mayor of Planning & Economic Development (DMPED) awarded the RFP for 5th & I to Donohoe/Holland. The winning bid from Donohoe/Holland included an international boutique hotel, art gallery, jazz club, cafe, bike shop and a residential component. Also of note was the expressed intent from the team to pursue assemblage along 5th Street to expand the project north to K Street.

Rendering of 2008 proposal for the Arts at 5th and I

Timing of the award was less than ideal given the economic climate in late 2008 and throughout 2009. The project was in limbo. At points we heard news that Donohoe was interested in potentially beginning construction of the jazz club in advance of the rest of the project and/or breaking the entire project down into two phases.

Recently residential construction all around the district is ramping back up but this project has remained stalled. The developer visited the Mount Vernon Square Neighborhood Association (MVSNA) in June  and suggested the project needs to be downsized to move forward. Financing such a complex project remains difficult but a reduction in scope could help them clear that hurdle. It sounded as though the scope of assemblage would be reduced and the project would perhaps focus strictly on hotel and retail and remove the residential component. But this discussion was light on specifics – we were promised more explanation when the discussion went to the ANC.

Victor Hoskins

This Thursday Deputy Mayor Victor Hoskins will address ANC6C at their full commission meeting (agenda) on the status of the project.

ANC6C Full Commission Meeting
September 15, 2011, 7 pm
Heritage Foundation
214 Massachusetts Avenue N.E.

Hoskins is a 2011 appointee of Mayor Vince Gray and may elect to blow this up and start with a new RFP. Or he may concede that the scope of the project should be reduced. It remains to be seen.

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WBJ: Donohoe to downsize 5th & Eye plans

The plans for the development of The Arts at 5th and I, according to Michael Neibauer of the Washington Business Journal, have been downsized from the originally selected concept that included a boutique hotel, jazz club, coffeehouse and residential apartments. In late 2009/early 2010 there was optimism that Donohoe & Holland would acquire adjacent properties all the way from the corner of I Street up to K Street to expand the project.

Rendering of 2008 proposal for the Arts at 5th and I

While the development group and the Office of the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) wanted to see those ambitious plans realized after 2.5 years they appear ready to downsize and focus on a simplified product. According to the WBJ article the project would only acquire a vacant lot next to city land and not any of the structures along Fifth Street. Two hotels would be built that would employ approximately 215 people. Flagships for the hotels are not yet identified but it is likely that Me by Melia is out of the picture.

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Stakeholders discuss 5th and Eye parking lot fiasco at MVSNA Meeting

In early February 2010 bulldozers unexpectedly appeared on the district owned corner lot at 5th and I Streets NW. This lot was awarded by the office of the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), with the support of the community, to the development team of Donohoe and Holland to build a mixed use project anchored by a luxury hotel in 2008. However the arrival of these bulldozers in February was not for the hotel project but rather an interim parking lot that DMPED had awarded a contract for 2009 without notice to the community.

In response to this unwanted parking lots ANC 6C01 commissioner Keith Silver organized daily pickets in March to protest it’s construction. Other community leaders scrambled to organize a community forum that would gather DMPED, Commissioner Silver, the Development team, and the community together to discuss this issue. The Mount Vernon Square Neighborhood Association featured this forum as part of their membership meeting on March 16th.

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5th and Eye Construction begins… for a parking lot

It appears construction has begun at 5th and Eye site, but it is not for the Arts at 5th and I project.

From the MVTCID website:

Construction has started in the lot at 5th and Eye, but it is not for development. The lot is being turned into a parking lot temporarily until development for the Arts at 5th and Eye begins. From the Deputy Mayor’s Office:

“The parking use is temporary and will not replace the planned hotel development.… David Jannarone and I informed the community leadership about the parking project in a November meeting at the Wilson Building. The community leaders who attended the meeting included ANC Karen Wirt, ANC Charley Docter, ANC Keith Silver, and a Neighborhood Association Leader, Miles Grove. The community leaders expressed the community’s interest in a dog park. David and I explained that the District opted to choose an income-producing temporary use.” -Clint Jackson

ANC 6C01 commissioner Keith Silver is not pleased and has released a press release regarding picketing the paving over the lot with asphalt.

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Walker Jones School Ribbon Cutting

This upcoming Tuesday the office of the Deputy Mayor of Economic Development (DMPED) is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Walker Jones School.

The new facility, located at New Jersey Ave and L Street NW, is the first new school built by the Fenty Administration. It will serve as the education (K-8) and recreation anchor for Northwest One, one of the District’s four New Communities projects.


While Walker Jones sits just across the street from the Mount Vernon Triangle’s official boundaries it does serve as the voting precinct for residents of several Triangle buildings including City Vista.

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