Wednesday, February 28, 2018

WBJ: AFRH to brief developers on campus plan; DC OP & DDOT raise concerns about traffic, etc.

This Washington Business Journal post is behind a paid firewall.  So I have only included a few paragraphs.

The AFRH site is located due north of Bloomingdale and the hospital center.

Why should Bloomingdale care about the AFRH site?

Both DC OP and DDOT have raised concerns that the project will impact traffic. 



Armed Forces Retirement Home to brief developers on campus plan

Feb 27, 2018, 5:14pm EST
Daniel J. Sernovitz, Staff Reporter
Washington Business Journal

The Armed Forces Retirement Home plans to issue a solicitation to developers this spring to remake an 80-acre portion of its Northwest D.C. campus after revitalizing the long-planned effort late last year.

The self-funded and cash-strapped federal agency has scheduled an industry forum for March 19 on the grounds of its campus north of Children's National Medical Center to outline its goals for the project ahead of issuing a request for proposals soon after.
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The scope of the nearly 4.4 million-square-foot project on Rock Creek Church Road NW is substantially the same as when the project's master plan was approved in 2008. But there have been several twists and turns since then, including AFRH's pre-recession award of development rights to a team that was not able to follow through with its plans. The basic outline would leave intact the bulk of the retirement home campus, about 192 acres, while setting aside the balance for a range of uses including residential, office, research and development, institutional, medical, retail and hotel.
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NCPC's staff recommendation supports the amendment's approval, but with an asterisk. The D.C. Office of Planning and Department of Transportation have both raised concerns, including the project will impact traffic. The planning office, as part of its comments, said it does not believe the plan is "responsive to new opportunities and challenges for the AFRH site, given the changing urban context and the impacts on public facilities and infrastructure," according to NCPC. 
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