Thursday, June 14, 2007

Howard Town Center to Move Forward Slowly, but Surely

Redeveloping almost an entire city block at Georgia and V streets, Dallas-based High Street Residential, a wholly owned subsidiary of Trammell Crow Company, is planning Howard Town Center, a mixed-use project that will include 70,000 s.f. first-floor retail that may include a Fresh Grocer, 322 market-rate apartments, and a parking garage that will hold approximately 500 spaces at its completion. Designed by Michael Marshall and Gensler and co-developed by Michele Hagans, the $75 million project was announced by developers in April 2003, but has been on hold ever since.

According to Ed Morgan, a Principal at Trammell Crow, developers have been awaiting a final land swap of the city’s Bond Bread Building for the university’s land at Sherman and Florida Avenues. The end may, however, be in sight. Morgan said applications for permits are expected to be submitted in the spring of next year.

While Morgan did not comment on the lawsuit, the Washington Business Journal’s coverage of the suit reported that People’s Involvement Corp., a community development company filed a lawsuit against the city stating that the Bond Bread Building had been promised to the company in the 70’s. That same building was a key component of the aforementioned land swap. A D.C. Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the city in September of 2005, PIC responded with an appeal. In December 2006, D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham introduced legislation to finally begin the construction of the Howard Town Center in 2007.

If permits are obtained in a timely matter, Morgan said the project could be completed as early as 2010.



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