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LCOR Chosen for Tenley Project

The District has chosen LCOR to develop the 3.6 acre Tenley Library/Janney Elementary School development site. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty made the announcement at a news conference this morning.

"We've got a real opportunity to leverage this site to help pay for the cost of improving Janney Elementary, enhance the existing open space and add both market-rate and workforce housing - all atop a Metro station," Fenty said in a statement. "LCOR is a highly capable developer. They know how to make public-private partnerships work."

LCOR has proposed building between 120 and 130 units of housing, much of it above the planned new library. The rest of the housing would be on land between the library and Janney Elementary.

The city has pledged that the project will not mean a loss of green space for the school, a concern of some residents in the area. The city also said some of the housing will be set aside as affordable housing.

By Marcia Davis  |  July 10, 2008; 3:33 PM ET
Categories:  Economic Development , Education , Mayor Fenty  
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Actually, LCOR has proposed buildng 174 units (see Northwest Current 7/16) on the site -- not 120-130 units, as stated by the Mayor's press release. And what the press release calls the land between the school and the library is, in fact, the school's soccer field.

"The District" hasn't chosen LCOR to redevelop this site -- there's been no Council action yet (including no decision to make the land available for private development).

And "loss of green space" isn't what's at issue -- the problem is that if an apartment building consumes land on Janney's campus, there won't be enough space remaining post-modernization and expansion to provide the outdoor facilities (PE field and playscapes) mandated by DCPS's own educational specifications.

Finally, the LEAD Act requires that the proceeds of any public-private development project involving library land be dedicated to DCPL rather than any other use. Given that the library is providing most of the land (and the most valuable land -- the Wisconsin Avenue frontage with the denser zoning category), there will be very little revenue generated that could be applied to the school -- not even enough to cover the cost of underground parking for the teachers -- an expense that would be unnecessary but for the residential component.

You're missing the story here.

Posted by: smithhemb | July 16, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

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