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From the office of the mayor:
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty along with executives of Florida Rock Properties on Monday unveiled plans for more than a million square feet of development at the foot of Nationals Park along the Anacostia River…
As a condition of the zoning approval, Florida Rock agreed to donate $800,000 to the District to help pay for the construction of Diamond Teague Park, which will be built alongside the concrete plant site, providing a green gateway between Nationals Park and the Anacostia River.
Florida Rock’s “Riverfront on the Anacostia” will include about 560,000 square feet of residential and hotel space – with 29,000 square feet reserved for affordable housing. It will also include about 545,000 square feet of commercial office space, at least 80,000 square feet of retail and a large waterfront plaza with a waterfront promenade. Construction could begin as soon as 2011.
Diamond Teague, as it turns out, was a member of the Earth Conservation Corp, a group of D.C. teens that clean the Anacostia River. He was murdered five years ago, when he was 19, according to the press release. WAMU interviewed his mother, who said that former mayor Tony Williams once met her son at an event, and later promised to name something after Diamond after he died. For more on the waterfront plans, check out the developer’s renderings here.