Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2C voted this evening to support the proposal of Baywood Hotels for the redevelopment of Parcel 42, a District-owned property located at the northeast corner of 7th and R Streets, NW. The Baywood Hotels consists of a 102-room hotel, 22 units of affordable housing, and ground floor retail which is expected to be occupied by .
The ANC vote was 2 in favor (Chairman Alex Padro and Commissioner Kevin Chapple), 1 opposed (Commissioner Rachelle Nigro), and 1 abstention (Commissioner Doris Brooks). The main factors that appeared to weigh in support of the Baywood proposal were the number of jobs the project would create and the sense that a 24-hour hotel operation would increase security at the corner.
Six proposals are being considered by the District for the redevelopment of Parcel 42. The proposal from Neighborhood Development Company (NDC) appeared to be the unofficial second choice of the Commission. Commissioner Nigro supported the and Chairman Padro indicated that the NDC proposal was his second choice for support.
The NDC proposal consists of 81 residential units (17 of which would be affordable) and ground floor retail expected to be occupied by . NDC also presented an alternate proposal under which it would combine the two lots that comprise Parcel 42 (the main lot and the small lot across the alley from the main lot) by realigning the alley that separates the lots. Under this alternative, the number of housing units would increase to 99, with 20 of the units being affordable dwelling units.
The ANC's recommendation must be given great weight by the District government when it chooses a developer for the site, but it does not bind the Mayor or the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development when they make their selection.
More information on each of the six proposals for Parcel 42 can be viewed at this prior .