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D.C. Site Pitched For Amazon HQ2 Facing Activist Appeal

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A planned five-building development east of the Anacostia River on Poplar Point has been eyed for government agencies and is under consideration for Amazon HQ2, but now the project could see a significant delay.

A group of opponents has filed an appeal with the D.C. Court of Appeals, contesting the Zoning Commission approval of Redbrick LMD’s 2.3M SF Poplar Point development, which has been branded Columbian Quarter.  The appeal was filed by Aristotle Theresa, an attorney who has led the charge against D.C. development in recent years, bringing over a dozen projects to court and recently suing the city over issues of gentrification.

Theresa, reached by email, said he is representing several opponents who are jointly appealing the Poplar Point project. He said the plaintiffs include CARE, an east-of-the-river community organization, Tendani Mpulubusi El, the founder of a Ward 8 arts group, and Paulette Matthews and Greta Fuller, Southeast D.C. residents who are also involved in his suit against D.C. Theresa decline to comment further.

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Barry Farm Rally Saturday

Urban Marketing Group Staff



Demolition has begun on the Barry Farm site – but residents still live on the property who vow to hold on as long as possible. 
After a successful Zoning appeal, the DC Housing Authority is forced to amend the development plans, but unfortunately the appeal did not stop the demolition of vacated units. Barry Farm Tenants and Allies Association has developed a list of priorities to ensure that the development benefits residents and serves as a model for community development, not another gentrification plan.  Please sign the petitionshowing your support for their vision.
 Join us Saturday as we bear witness to what is taking place, rally in support of the residents on the property, and lift up their demands to guide the future of this sacred ground.

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Vacant D.C.-owned properties in Southeast could become affordable housing

Urban Marketing Group Staff



The District is seeking to have seven vacant properties it owns in Anacostia and Congress Heights redeveloped into affordable housing.

This week, the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) unveiled two development solicitations for the following Southeast sites: 1414 22nd St. SE, 1615 V St. SE, 1637 V St. SE, and 2206 16th St. SE in Anacostia; and 1444, 1452, and 1454 Alabama Ave. SE in Congress Heights, which are adjacent parcels.

Altogether measuring more than 29,000 square feet, the sites are part of a portfolio of dozens of vacant properties that DHCD manages. The Anacostia and Congress Heights properties range in size from 1,865 square feet to 6,277 square feet, per property records.

The housing agency wants redevelopment proposals that would provide units for families making up to roughly $94,000 a year, or 80 percent of the area median income (AMI) for a family of four. Below is a breakdown of AMIs by family size via Arlington County, which is part of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Metro Area as defined by the U.S. government.

Read more by Andrew Glambrone @ Curb HERE

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