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As part of an ongoing effort to inundate my inbox with press releases with the word “waterfront” in them, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development has just released this announcement:

District Receives Four Proposals for Hill East Waterfront

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development on Monday announced four development teams submitted proposals to redevelop the District’s 50-acre Hill East Waterfront into a $1.5 billion mix of housing, retail, office and parkland.

“Hill East Waterfront is one of the last major urban waterfront development opportunities in the District,” said Neil O. Albert, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. “So it was no surprise to see some of the most accomplished development companies in the region and the country eager to compete for this site.”

Now, all I have to say is this: where is “Hill East Waterfront”? We’ve got quite a few rivers and bodies of water in this little city of ours. MORE SPECIFICS PLEASE! A little googling yielded this bit of information (from a May 15, 2008 story on News Channel 8):

District of Columbia officials are seeking a mix of shops and housing for a 50-acre site along the Anacostia waterfront next to RFK Stadium…Mayor Adrian Fenty says the city is seeking bids for a master developer for the site known as Hill East, which includes the former D.C. General Hospital campus. Besides shops and housing, administration officials say the site also could feature a “healthplex” that would offer medical services.

The four respondents are:

· HDG Waterfront Partners, led by Hunt Development and Mosaic Urban Partners. The team includes Abdo Development, the William C. Smith Cos.; EYA Development; and the Jair Lynch Cos.

· New Hill East Joint Venture, led by Urban Atlantic. The team includes Vornado/Charles E. Smith; Trammell Crow; Elm Street Development; Blue Skye Development; Brickstone Development; Eagle Vision Ventures; Dynamis Advisors; Sun Edison and Ellis Denning Development.

· Hill East Development, led by the Franklin L. Haney Co. The team includes Donatelli Hill East, LLC; Chapman Development; Combined Properties; Banneker Ventures; Tudor Holdings.

· East Banc

The District issued the development solicitation in May. It was based on the Hill East Master Plan that was approved by the D.C. Council in 2002. The site can accommodate up to 5 million square feet of residential, commercial and mixed-use buildings including new primary care health facilities and neighborhood-serving retail. Hill East Waterfront offers an opportunity to become a model for sustainable urban development.

Given the scale and complexity of the project, the District expects the redevelopment timeline will likely span at least 10 years. Hill East is one of three major redevelopment sites that comprise the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative – a 20 year plan to reconnect the District’s residents and neighborhoods to the Anacostia River. Taken together with the Southwest Waterfront project and the redevelopment of Poplar Point, the three projects represent more than 12 million square feet of development potential.

The District could select a development partner for the site by early next year.