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Jim Abdo‘s big Brookland project, which will add some 825 new homes, “eclectic college town retail,” and below-market-rate spaces for artists, got final approval from the D.C. Zoning Commission on Monday night, the Washington Post reports. (Click here for more renderings of the Abdo plan, and here for details of what’s coming and location info.)
According to the Post’s story, Abdo’s group struggled to satisfy neighborhood representatives in the surrounding Brookland and Edgewood communities:
Caroline Petti, president of the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association, said she supports Abdo’s project and thinks it will be a good addition to the neighborhood. But she was disappointed in a process that, she said, pitted the Edgewood community against the Brookland community in vying for benefits.
“We’re very disappointed in the final amenities package,” Petti said.
Toby Millman, Abdo’s vice president of project development, said the developer held dozens of meetings with the community to discuss the project.
Abdo plans to give $275,000 to support community programs, including $75,000 for scholarships to Ward 5 residents to attend Catholic University or Trinity College, and $55,000 to Dance Place, a community arts center in the area.