In a vote last night, the DC City Council unanimously approved the agreement with development partner PN Hoffman to develop DC's Southwest Waterfront. The Land Disposition Agreement (LDA), signed by both the developer and District back in September, calls for an estimated $1.5 billion redevelopment of the Southwest Waterfront into one of Washington DC's most massive land projects, with 770 residential units, 3 hotels, vast commercial space, and a significant retail venue.
Officially titled the "Southwest Waterfront Disposition Emergency Approval Resolution," the agreement with Hoffman-Struever LLC codifies the recent land deal, and makes way for the next stage of development planning. And while the Council's approval permits the team to "commence entitlements and design in early 2009," it will likely be at least three years until real construction begins.
Entitled by the LDA to “master developer” status, Hoffman-Struever will now be allowed to name, design and develop the $1.8 billion (including $198 million in publicly financed assets) project with little government direction.
In statement released shortly after the passage of the resolution, Hoffman said, “Our collective concern for the success of this project is very real and we are pleased that all sides have come together. We can now focus on the matter at hand – moving this vision forward.” The development team attached to the project is officially comprised of PN Hoffman, Struever Bros., Eccles & Rouse, McCormack Baron Salazar, ER Bacon, Gotham, City Partners, Triden and the recently added Paramount Development. Acresh, another developer initially attached to the project, has since parted ways with the development team.
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