Last night, four developers—-finalists whittled down from a group of ten—-presented plans for projects on the site of Hine Junior High School, down the street from Eastern Market.
The Looks Familiar Plan (Presentation PDF) The Bozzutto Group/Scallan Properties/Lehr Jackson Associates/E.R. Bacon Development, LLC/Blue Skye Development/CityStrategy, LLC
Last night, I was wracking my brain trying to figure out what this plan reminded me of. Could it be Columbia Heights? Not quite. Friendship Heights? No.
Then, I opened up the group’s PDF presentation*, and noticed a picture of The Whitney at Bethesda Theatre, a past project for Bozzuto. Ah yes, that’s what it looks like: Downtown Bethesda!
The plan calls for 56,000 square feet of retail, 30,000 square feet of office space, 350 underground parking spaces, six luxury townhouses, a specialty grocery store, and a 237-unit apartment building—- “not to create a tourist area, but to solidify this as a shopping area,” according to one developer representative.
Eastern Market’s open air flea market would move to C Street, which would be closed off for pedestrian traffic on the weekend.
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