Monday, December 04, 2006

AWC Presents Poplar Point Proposals


Last week, the Anacostia Waterfront Corp. (AWC) officially presented at a public meeting the first proposals submitted for the development of Poplar Point, 110 acres located across the river from the Washington Navy Yard at the eastern foot of the South Capitol Street bridge in Southeast DC. This land will be transferred by the Federal government to DC as part of legislation passed on November 16 by the US Senate. The proposals, drafted by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, presented two visions for this land. The first shows retail, office, and residential development in three clusters (near Good Hope Road SE to the east, W Street SE in the middle, and Howard Road SE to the west), with a new soccer stadium (and parking) for DC United and a 500-room hotel and conference center near the W Street development. The second proposal shows all the retail, office and residential development, but leaves out the soccer stadium and hotel. New roads are also to be built to link these three clusters. The residential component calls for between 1,400 and 2,300 units, with 30% priced below market rate. Almost half of the transferred land will be preserved as public park land and green space and trails along the Anacostia River. These proposals, which are open for public comment, will not be finalized for a number of months.

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