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According to the Giant’s website, “Once the Zoning Commission approves the PUD, we anticipate it will take about 3 years to complete construction of the entire project.” And spokesperson Sharon Robinson estimates it will take about a year to obtain all the proper permits before a groundbreaking can occur.
But that “completion” has just commenced. Here’s what happens next, according to Robinson.
Within the next month, the proposal goes to the National Capitol Planning Commission, and will be reviewed by the Zoning Commission for final action on July 13.
In the intervening period, the Giant development team has been asked to come up with further noise abatement solutions for the loading dock on Idaho Ave., and the Office of Planning will be pulling together some more information related to restaurants in the immediate area, an overlay district. I’m not going to lie: It’s very confusing.
In an e-mail, Jennifer Steingasser from the Office of Planning shed more light on the issue:
“In the overlay area no more than 25% of the linear street front may be occupied by restaurants or fast food establishments,” wrote Steingasser, but the Giant development has requested a re-zoning that will presumably allow a host of new restaurants to come in, which raised concerns “on how the linear street frontage would be calculated for those lots not included in the PUD… “[One of the Zoning Commission members] would like OP to bring a text amendment to clarify that for the purposes of calculating the linear street frontage in the overlay (outside the PUD), the PUD area should be included.”
And just as a refresher, here’s what the development includes:
● A 56,000 sq. ft. Giant supermarket ● A total of 140-150 residential units ● Active sidewalks with 55,000 sq. ft. of street level retail along Wisconsin Avenue, Newark Street and Idaho Avenue. ● Approximately 14,000 sq. ft. of commercial space on a second floor along Wisconsin Avenue. ● A total of 530-540 parking spaces accessed off of Newark Street and 38th Street ● Loading separately accessed off of Idaho Ave.