This just happened:
A D.C. panel has rejected plans for a $425 million development that would cover the intersection of Interstate 395 and Massachusetts Avenue's web of paved roads and freeway signs with a hub of offices, retail and residences.
And here is why it happened:
The District's Zoning Commission took issue with the project's retail plan and massive building sizes, saying the 2-million-square-foot development seemed more like a fortress for workers and residents than a destination.
"It does not feel like it's going to be an inviting, attractive space," said Commissioner Peter May. "There's no real reason to be in [there] except to go get whatever it is that you need ... so I'm just not convinced that it's laid out the way that it should be."
Thank you, Peter May. Because the last thing I want is a place two blocks away from me to “go get whatever it is that I need.”
At least he’s standing up for the neighborhood folks:
Local Advisory Neighborhood Commission Chairman Robert Amos, who attended the meeting, said the rejection took him by surprise.
"We looked at the retail strategy and we liked what we were seeing ... and we thought they had a plan to bring in the type of retail that would make it a place people would want to go to," he said.
Or maybe not.
Anyway, just wanted to make sure you knew that unelected “National Park Service Designees” can turn down $425 million development deals because the plans don’t “feel” right to him.