Court of Appeals Rejects Hine Coalition Petition for Rehearing Hine Case
Decision Allows Project to Move Forward
by Larry Janezich
Yesterday, the DC Court of Appeals issued an order denying the petition for a rehearing of a request to send the Hine case back to the Zoning Commission (ZC).
The Zoning Commission (ZC) signed off on the project on November 21, 2012, but the project has been delayed since then by attempts of a group of Capitol Hill residents – The Hine Coalition – to require the ZC to rehear the case. A three member DC Court of Appeals decision affirmed the ZC’s approval in August of 2014, and the Hine Coalition petitioned the full nine member court to hear the case. Yesterday’s decision denied that petition.
Throughout the process, Capitol Hill residents comprising the Hine Coalition maintained that they did not oppose redevelopment of Hine School – what they objected to was the mass and height of the final Stanton-Eastbanc plan as inappropriate for the community. The building’s seven stories will rise 94 feet – more than twice the height of the Le Pain Quotidian building across the street and will overwhelm the nearby iconic Eastern Market and the townhouses in the surrounding neighborhood.
The total 464,276 square foot project will provide 254,187 square feet for residential, 163,392 for offices, 46,699 for retail. There will be 158 residential units – 46 of them affordable (most of these segregated in a separate building) and 260 parking spaces. Many of the attractive features of the initial proposal (62,000 square feet smaller) which helped win community support for the project fell away over time.
According to Hill Now http://www.hillnow.com/ the Stanton Eastbanc development team will start remediation of the building in about a month. Razing the building will take two or three months after remediation is complete. The developers expect the project to be complete by late 2017 or early 2018.