See the article below from the Washington Business Journal on the responders to a RFP for a lot in Shaw at 7th and Rhode Island Avenue NW called Parcel 42.
One of the seven responders to the RFP for Parcel 42 is Thoron Development — as in the Thoron Development that was supposed to develop 1322-1330 North Capitol Street NW and 7 Hanover Place NW into a project named “Dunbar Place.” (See this 3/11/2009 DC MUD blog post on Thoron Development’s project).
How does everyone feel about Thoron bidding on a * new * development project in Shaw while its existing project in the Bates Area has been stalled for a number of years?
Solicitation for D.C.`s Parcel 42 nets hotel, housing bids
Washington Business Journal by Michael Neibauer, Staff Reporter
Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 5:17pm EDT
The District`s bid to finally redevelop a vacant 17,008-square-foot parcel in Shaw has netted more than a half dozen responses that would seem to run the gamut from affordable housing to a hotel.
The Parcel 42 request for proposals, issued April 20, generated seven bids from 11 firms to redevelop the parcel at Seventh Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW. The District`s solicitation sought a transit-oriented, mixed-use project of “high architectural design quality that maximizes density.“
While it has released the bidders` names, the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development has not released the bidders` development proposals. The submissions, said DMPED spokesman Jose Sousa, “are still being screened to determine full responsiveness to Solicitation requirements.“
The bidders are:
Warrenton Group and Four Points LLC;
Thoron Development LLC;
Pounds Properties and Jubilee Housing;
United House of Prayer for the People;
Neighborhood Development Corp.;
Tensquare LLC and Chapman Development Group LLC; and
Baywood Hotels and Dantes Partners.
The District last solicited Parcel 42 in 2009. Its selection of Parcel 42 Partners turned into a disaster when, in the summer of 2010, affordable housing advocates seized the site and built a makeshift tent city to protest the city`s plans to scale back the project.