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Masonic Temple project ~ continued from October 2018 issue pdf page 1

In a city where developers continue to pour billions of dollars into new residential real estate projects, tax abatement opponents say they hardly seem necessary and that community benefits negotiated with developers rarely offset the tax abatement windfall. In the Mason’s case, even the DC Office of the Chief Financial Officer has deemed a tax break for them to be unnecessary.

Architect's rendering as viewed from directly across 15th St. image--eveloper’s submission to DC Historic Preservation Office.

Architect’s rendering as viewed from directly across 15th St. image–eveloper’s submission to DC Historic Preservation Office.

But the Masons and Perseus have not given up. As reported by DelleDonne, “Last week, I met with the project developer’s representative, former Councilmember John Ray. He is asking the ANC to reconsider its resolution based on their updated plans. saying the current resolution is not valid.”

Present view from across 15th St. photo--William G. Schulz--The InTowner.

Present view from across 15th St. photo–William G. Schulz–The InTowner.

In a written response to our questions, Adam Peters, head of development and construction at Perseus, responded that “[t]he Tax Abatement is a separate matter that the Scottish Rite is pursuing. There are a number of community benefits that come with the application that will be discussed when that application moves forward. We are a party to that application, as well, but it is not on the agenda for the meeting on the 18th.”

 Aerial view from above rear of the Masonic Temple showing depiction of how the rear park-like garden might appear. image--eveloper’s submission to DC Historic Preservation Office.

Aerial view from above rear of the Masonic Temple showing depiction of how the rear park-like garden might appear. image–eveloper’s submission to DC Historic Preservation Office.

The meeting agenda circulated by DelleDonne lists the tax abatement as topic number two; conversation on neighborhood listservs indicate that some community members want the tax abatement issue to be agenda item number one.

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