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I’m usually not one to read a lot into quotes from reportage from meetings I didn’t attend, but this is just kind of egregious: Adam Rubinson, who took a break from consulting to run Vince Gray‘s mayoral campaign, made decidedly ominous comments about what might happen if Safeway didn’t scale back its design for a new mixed-use development at 42nd and Davenport NW. According to DC MUD, Rubinson claimed “unanimous” concern among neighbors about the density of the proposed project, and wants to see it shrink from 79 feet tall to no more than 55 feet.

DC MUD then asked if this project might see something like the Wisconsin Avenue Giant’s years of litigation.

“I think if Safeway can make some reasonable compromises, the chances of that happening are close to zero,” said Rubinson. “But if they take a hard line, especially on the overall massing of the building and the number of units, and residential parking, I could see this getting mired in delays.”

Sorry to hear that.