The District's bid to finally redevelop a vacant 17,008-square-foot parcel in Shaw has netted more than a half dozen responses that would seem to run the gamut from affordable housing to a hotel.
The Parcel 42 request for proposals, issued April 20, generated seven bids from 11 firms to redevelop the parcel at Seventh Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW. The District's solicitation sought a transit-oriented, mixed-use project of "high architectural design quality that maximizes density."
While it has released the bidders' names, the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development has not released the bidders' development proposals. The submissions, said DMPED spokesman Jose Sousa, "are still being screened to determine full responsiveness to Solicitation requirements."
The bidders are:
- Warrenton Group and Four Points LLC;
- Thoron Development LLC;
- Pounds Properties and Jubilee Housing;
- United House of Prayer for the People;
- Neighborhood Development Corp.;
- Tensquare LLC and Chapman Development Group LLC; and
- Baywood Hotels and Dantes Partners.
The District last solicited Parcel 42 in 2009. Its selection of Parcel 42 Partners turned into a disaster when, in the summer of 2010, affordable housing advocates seized the site and built a makeshift tent city to protest the city's plans to scale back the project.