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Turns out Central Union Mission will not be developing the land it owns by Georgia Ave. and Newton Place in Park View/Columbia Heights/Petworth. (Note: I’ve had enough of you neighborhood name police! It’s a blurry area! Get over it.)

DCmud reported yesterday that the newly-selected developers for Park Morton will be “absorbing” Central Union Mission’s land into their gigantic $130 million “New Communities” project.

More than a year after issuing its original request for proposals, the city finally announced yesterday that it had selected Landex Corp. to transform the Park Morton public housing area into a neighborhood-defining, transformational mixed-use development.

According to DCmud, officials from Central Union Mission were quietly negotiating with Landex while the charitable organization was jumping around to various community meetings and going before the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) to share its plans for an affordable housing building.

The blog reports: “According to Catherine Fennell, a consultant working as the Project Manager with the Warrenton Group, the Mission continued moving forward while the award for Landex was pending. But Fennell indicated the two groups have been working on their agreement and will make the purchase official now that the award for Park Morton was announced.”

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