Friday, October 10, 2008

Bids Come in for Firehouse Site

Yesterday, according to this press release from the DC Government, three teams responded to the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) office's solicitation for a partner to redevelop two sites in SW, including the fire station at the corner of 6th Street & School Street and a second site at the corner of 4th Street & E Street. See the Google Earth map above for the location of the two sites. The three teams are: a partnership between JLH Partners, Chapman Development, and CDC Companies; the team of Trammell Crow, CSG Urban Partners, and Michele Hagans; and E Street Development Partners (a combination of Potomac Investment Properties, CityPartners, and Adams Investment Group). At least two of the development teams have members that are currently involved in other projects in SW. Trammell Crow is building Patriots Plaza, a three-building office development cattycorner to the 4th Street site. They are also redeveloping St. Matthew's with CSG Urban Partners at 222 M Street. CityPartners is on the development team of the Southwest Waterfront. From the press release: "The responses call for rebuilding Engine 13 and building between 102,000 – 465,000 square feet of office space and a potential hotel with between 130-208 rooms. All offers proposed neighborhood-serving ground floor retail. Two of the [offers] proposed community space and one proposed an 11,000 square foot atrium-covered public indoor park." As a part of the deal, the DC government will get a new firehouse for free. It's also good that all of the proposals include ground floor retail, as I made a plea for retail in my first post on this topic back in June. The city hopes to choose a winner by the end of the year and construction could begin by the summer of 2010.

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