At Monday night's Zoning Commission hearing, Florida Rock's request for a hearing on the revised design for RiverFront on the Anacostia
was approved. (See Monday's post
for the quick description of the project.) You can read the Office of Planning report
on the latest design, which also includes a lot of good history as to the twists and turns this project has taken over the years.
There have been some small changes since this revised design was first unveiled back in June
, and even some further changes from renderings I posted here in September, with the Office of Planning looking for more variation of materials used for the four buildings proposed for the project instead of being all glass (to "minimize the potential campus effect," according to the report
). There's also been some changes to the amenities package that the developer is offering, though this is still being worked out between the developer and the Office of Planning. As of this filing, they have expanded the amount of workforce-level housing to 29,000 square feet/25 units to bring it in line with the city's inclusionary zoning requirements. On the flip side, they have scaled back their financial contribution to the creation of Diamond Teague Park
to $350,000 from $3.5 million, since the park is now fully funded from other sources.
You can see some new renderings of the latest design and specifics about the project on my Florida Rock/RiverFront
page (though note that the site map and the rendering of the entire project are older; I hope to get updated versions soon). And, just as a reminder, this is a project that is planned to be completed in multiple phases over many years. The developers would start with the eastern office building and the plaza known as "The Pitch" adjacent to Diamond Teague Park, perhaps in 2008.
The developers have asked for an expedited hearing on this new design (technically known as a modification to the project's second-stage PUD), so it could appear on the commission's calendar before too long.
The Southwest Neighborhood Assembly
, the nonprofit resident association established in 1964 to "improve the quality of life for all Southwest residents," recently created a "Near Southeast Task Force", clearly wanting to get in on all the fun and festivities across the way on the cool side of South Capitol Street. (Hey, we kid because we love.) They're looking for Near Southeast residents to join the task force, with hopes that this new group leads "to the extension of the activities and benefits of our resident association" into Southeast. The assembly's next monthly meeting is on Monday, Nov. 26, at the St. Vincent de Paul's Catholic Church at South Capitol and M, at 7:30 pm, with invited speakers including new MPD First District commander David Kemperin, council member Tommy Wells, and representatives of Forest City Washington (developers of The Yards
, and the old Waterside Mall in Southwest).