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Breaking News: Contentious Adams Morgan Hotel Project Logjam May Be Broken

As a result of a contract entered into on September 4th between the Reed-Cooke Neighborhood Association (RCNA) and the developers of the proposed hotel project that is to incorporate the former historic First Church of Christ, Scientist building that fronts on Euclid Street where it merges into Columbia Road, the major points of objection that have riled so many of the Reed-Cooke neighbors appear to have been resolved.

The contract calls for the reduction in the height of the hotel building to be erected behind the church from 82 to 72 feet, a reduction in the building’s bulk, a reduction in the number of underground parking spaces, an enhanced traffic management plan, restrictions on the use of a rooftop terrace. The contract also contains a detailed agreement for a comprehensive capital improvement program for the Marie-Reed Learning Center’s outdoor playgrounds and athletic playing field as a community benefit for the zoning relief being requested.

As a consequence of this September 4th agreement and the “last-minute” submission of what members of the zoning commission characterized as “inadequate and incomplete,” the commission did not allow proceedings in this matter to go forward, and after admonishing the applicant to make known throughout the community this contract agreement and the new and revised plans and drawings before these proceedings are to resume on Thursday, September 13th at 6:30 pm in the Commission’s hearing room at 441 4th Street, NW.

[Note: A comprehensive report with images depicting the impact of the building’s reduced height and bulk will be available in the September issue PDF that will be published this coming Friday, the 14th.]