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Buzzard Point will see more retail and green space than previously expected as part of the plan for the future D.C. United stadium, after the team and neighboring developers resolved a dispute over the site’s final design.
In October, companies who own property adjacent to the Southwest site pushed for more commercial space along First Street SW as well as better connections between the stadium and the neighborhood. A few days later, the team’s attorneys stated in documents that an “agreeable” deal had been made, in advance of a D.C. Zoning Commission hearing that was rescheduled for the end of November.
On Tuesday, as first picked up by UrbanTurf, the details of the stadium’s updated design were filed to zoning officials, showing more retail, a new public park, and an entrance to the stadium at S and First streets SW that will replace one previously planned for T and Second streets.
Among the changes are: a retail corridor on the east side of the stadium along First Street, which will become a two-lane road with parking on each side, 14,000 square feet of retail attached to the stadium itself, and unspecified ‘additional future retail’ toward the south on First Street, according to a memo D.C. United’s lawyers sent to the zoning commission. A building along the south side of the stadium has been “reimagined and reoriented” to include 3,000 square feet or retail space, but will maintain a “bike valet” at its corner.
A public plaza planned to the stadium’s northeast will now contain a sizable park, “landscaped and terraced to create an inviting experience.”
“Otherwise, the overall stadium design and materials remain the same,” the team’s attorneys write. (City Paper has contacted D.C. United and developer Akridge, which spearheaded the charge for retail-focused design changes, for comment and will update this post if we hear back.)
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