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For a host of reasons, the city’s call for developer proposals for the riverfront site known alternatively as Hill East and Reservation 13 got only one response, from Donatelli Development and Blue Skye Development. On Wednesday, that team presented its proposal to neighbors who are frustrated by the slow progress on Hill East but grateful to the one team that did bother to respond.
The proposal—-which reflects the city’s decision to start with just two parcels near the Stadium-Armory Metro station—-is for a mixed-use retail/residential development consisting of two buildings and a widened 19th Street SE with a public space in the median. As laid out, all the retail is on 19th Street, though the developers expressed openness to moving some to adjacent streets so as not to deaden the sides and back of the site and make development of the remainder of Hill East less appealing.
The city will take neighbors’ comments into consideration and then decide whether to move forward with this proposal. For now, these designs are all we’ve got for Hill East, so let’s take a look, courtesy of some images shared by the developers.
Here’s the site plan:
And a few renderings of the developed site: