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Sloooow..... (Lydia DePillis)

Shaw has seen groundbreaking after groundbreaking over the last couple of months. At most of them, some public official will run down the list to demonstrate the renaissance that’s underway, and then say that Kelsey Gardens—the planned residential development at 7th and P Streets that was supposed to start in February—will hopefully happen soon.

Last we heard, the developers were still seeking funds in the private market, either to partner with them or buy the property outright. But according to ANC Commissioner and Shaw Main Streets director Alexander Padro, they didn’t get the bids they were looking for. Now, they’re in the process of applying for financing through the federal department of Housing and Urban Development, a process which now takes around nine months—it’s possible we couldn’t know whether the funding is granted for another year.

Meanwhile, Padro says, Metropolitan Development will need to get Zoning Commission approval to modify the phasing for the project, starting with the townhouses in the 800 block of P Street. The local ANC already signed off on that re-jiggering, but has asked for the promised community benefits—including programming for the Shaw library, funding for the Green Team and Shaw Main Streets—be supplied in advance. And they’re asking for high-intensity lights to be installed around the buildings, which are more of a problem empty than full.