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David Garber Hine Zoning Letter

David Garber Hine Zoning Letter

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Here is my written testimony in support of the Stanton-EastBanc development team's Hine School (adjacent to Eastern Market) redevelopment proposal.
Here is my written testimony in support of the Stanton-EastBanc development team's Hine School (adjacent to Eastern Market) redevelopment proposal.

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Published by: David Garber on May 28, 2012
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05/28/2012

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David G. Garber Commissioner, ANC 6D071100 1st Street SE, Apt. 716Washington, DC, 20003Mr. Anthony J. HoodDC Zoning Commission441 4
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St NW, Second Floor Washington, DC 20001May 28, 2012
RE: Z.C. Case No. 11-24 Stanton-EastBanc, LLC – Consolidated PUD & RelatedMap Amendment (Square 901, Lot 801)
Dear Chairman Hood and Members of the Zoning Commission:I am writing in support of the Stanton-EastBanc development team’s Hine Schoolredevelopment project. Please note that although I serve as the Advisory NeighborhoodCommissioner for the Navy Yard neighborhood and as the Vice Chair of ANC 6D, mycomments here are not meant to represent the opinions of my entire ANC.I have been a regular visitor to Eastern Market my entire life; I have been following thisredevelopment process closely since the school was closed in 2007; and I currently liveone mile southwest of the Hine School site. I engage with the site amost daily – whether shopping or dining nearby, swimming at the Rumsey Aquatic Center, working from theneighboring coffee shops, or visiting with friends and family in the adjoiningneighborhood, and can confirm that as much as the Eastern Market area is an amenity and point of interest for those immediately adjacent to it, it is also an important place for  people from all sides of Capitol Hill, the city, and the region.Our goal for this redevelopment should be to create – through architectural and urbandesign, landscaping, tenanting, and programming – 1) an atmosphere that will bolster our mutual affection for the immediate area, 2) a diversity of options in affordability, size,and type of residential, office, and retail spaces, 3) connections across the site that do notexist now, and 4) a place that will sensitively take advantage of its location above theEastern Market Metro station to bring more residents and daytime employees to theneighborhood already flush with local retailers that will only be strengthened by the presence of additional customers brought in by this project.Acknowledging that no one development or design proposal will meet everyone’sindividual or group ideas for what is most appropriate, I support Stanton-EastBanc’current proposal because it goes a long way to accomplish many of the diversehopes for the site. Their proposal communicates architecturally with the surroundingneighborhood without inauthentically bowing to it, adds a significant amount of affordable housing in an area that increasingly needs it, reopens C Street SE across the

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