Hemmed in by the Height Act
Ah, the Height Act -- that singular piece of regulation, whose repeal, many would have you believe, would go a long way toward solving any number of problems that Washington currently faces: from traffic to housing, retail to population growth. Such opponents of the act will certainly have cringed upon reading this report in the Washington Post, explaining how a potential development over the rails behind Union Station which would scrape -- or violate, depending on your perspective -- the limit is yet again being slapped with accusations that it will "scar" the area. Oh, the horror, the horror!
Burnham Place, Akridge's long-planned mixed-use plan for the space above the tracks adjacent to Union Station, has had to leap over several hurdles -- for instance, as we noted nearly six years ago, "excavating an active rail yard is complicated and in some cases cost-prohibitive" -- to even get to this point. But based on Jonathan O'Connell's story, the biggest hurdle the now eight-years-old project has to clear remains the city's height restriction:
[Continue reading Aaron Morrissey's post at DCist.com.]
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| January 25, 2011; 10:56 AM ET
Categories: D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, development, economy
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