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Last month, the city held a pre-bid conference for people interested in Parcel 42, the key chunk of land at 7th and Rhode Island Avenue NW that’s now on its second trip through the public disposition process. There was a good showing of local small developers: Redbrick, Neighborhood Development Company, Altus Realty Partners, The Community Builders, Wall Development, CSG Urban Partners, and Four Points Development all sent somebody, along with a smattering of architects, contractors, and consultants.
By far the biggest attendance, however, came from the United House of Prayer for All People—-15 people signed in with that affiliation, at least. Although he hasn’t yet returned my call, UHOP real estate maven Apostle Green spoke at an Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2C meeting back in April about the church’s desire to develop the property, emphasizing the need for more market rate housing in the neighborhood (the previous iteration had been all affordable, and the developer gave up when the numbers didn’t pencil).
The corner lot would sure be attractive to the real estate-minded church, which has developed apartments all around its national headquarters at 6th and M Street NW. It owns nearly all of the frontage on the block of 7th Street north of Rhode Island, and is just finishing up apartments at 625 Rhode Island Avenue; Parcel 42 looks like a big missing piece.
Of the other folks, CSG Urban Partners and Altus Realty said they wouldn’t be responding to the request for proposals, while Four Points (which is doing Progression Place a couple blocks north) and Georgia Avenue-based Neighborhood Development said they would.