Thursday, July 7, 2016

Breaking: STC and Erkiletian to Withdraw The Bard PUD Application

Erkiletian Development and Shakespeare Theatre Company announced this morning that they have withdrawn their PUD application for 501 I Street. Known as The Bard, the project would incorporate administrative, educational, and rehearsal space as well as a costume design shop for Shakespeare, as well as actor and fellow housing and an apartment building. The development team plans to resubmit the application this fall. From the press release: 
The Shakespeare Theatre Company and Erkiletian Development is committed to staying in the District of Columbia and Southwest DC, and will continue working with community leaders and neighbors on a building that meets the requirements articulated through the planning process.
Last week, the development team submitted a revised PUD with additional community benefits. Community opposition and the Office of Planning's recommendation that the project not get a set-down hearing may have prompted the PUD withdrawal.  Stay tuned...

Rendering courtesy of Shalom Baranes Associates

10 comments:

Ben Thielen said...

Thank you, NIMBYs. DC already has some of the most expensive housing in the country. Opposing a good mixed-use housing development near a metro station will only lead rents to continue to increase. Shame.

Pro-SW Middle Class said...

Idiot NIMBYS. This is the type of thing that keeps DC from being a world class city. Instead of Shakespeare, we get a homeless shelter. YEEEAAAHHH!!!

Glenn said...

640 apartments and 240 condos to be delivered in just phase one of the Wharf! Apartments are mixed. More to come. And you want more still? Have you done the market research, or build and they will come?

Marc said...

It isn't, "build and they will come." It's, "Build because they want to come." 880 new units is nothing compared to the demand this neighborhood will have. If you want a strong community benefits package, fine. I can definitely get behind that. But no at all costs? That's just selfish. Most Southwesters, I think, don't agree with your stance, and we do need to put something both realistic and contributory in that space. It's extremely central within the neighborhood. It isn't like there isn't a tall building somewhat nearby as it is. You just aren't wanting another one. I understand, but there should be a point where your concerns can be satisfied. It just starts to feel like instead of wanting to work with STC, you just want either the status quo or just a bunch of new townhomes, neither of which seems realistic nor especially contributory to the neighborhood or city. I'm not saying we should go along. By all means, hold their feet to the fire. But at a certain point, let go and approve the project. Sure, the lot will be developed eventually regardless, but as what? And how useful or contributory are the alternatives?

Glenn said...

There are two more phases, not counting condos at St. Augustine's old site. Do I have to list all of the other projects currently under contraction? Point is that there is more to the issue of a high-rise in the townhouse area then a dire need for apartments in Southwest. There are plenty of counter proposals on the table with STC, but they seem to have only wanted to fund their project with a density and height outside of the norms of the area, nearby aside. The Zoning Commission seemed of have agreed up to now.
That's being realistic.

Gfyrui said...

In other words: NIMBY.

SWag said...

"Point is that there is more to the issue of a high-rise in the townhouse area then a dire need for apartments in Southwest."

Does that make sense to anyone? As a main argument especially.

How about this?

"...but they seem to have only wanted to fund their project with a density and height outside of the norms of the area, nearby aside."

Outside of the norms of the area, but a TALLER building already exists across the street?!? Huh???

If someone is looking for a perfect example of what NIMBY means, look no further.

And the progressive residents that moved here for all the exciting improvements have to suffer - as a perfect project gets stalled out by our loser ANC and neighborhood groups. They're fighting the inevitable and instead of offering constructive help they're being unnecessarily abrasive. Smfh. I would have pulled out too.

AMK said...

Well said, Marc and SWag.

I'm focusing on this part of the post: "The development team plans to resubmit the application this fall."

I really hope STC doesn't give up on Southwest. I'm excited about their contributions to the nascent arts district in our neighborhood and to generally be a part of the exciting things to come (if people don't completely obstruct such improvements, that is). Fingers crossed that STC can work out a *reasonable* deal with the community and proceed with development.

Unknown said...

Agree with Swag 100%. It's so frustrating that navy yard is buzzing and has all these awesome retail and sw still can't fill the empty waterfront station spots. INCREASED DENSITY IS REQUIRED FOR RETAIL. The anc is completely out of touch with the majority of residents and conforms to the loud vocal older residents

Pro-SW Middle Class said...

The NIMBYs are a real persecuted bunch. Who needs neighborhood improvements, including world-class amenities for children who live in the neighborhood (not to mention for parents who are taking a chance on raising their kids in DC)?

"Out Damned Developer, Out." Was that from an episode of South Park?