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AU Residents Fear New Development Could 'Urbanize' Area

Residents in the American University Park neighborhood have voiced concerns over two new proposals for the former site of the Superfresh supermarket at 4330 48th Street NW. UrbanTurf reported that residents worry that a new residential development on the site could "urbanize" the area and lower property values. One resident was quoted as saying, "If it looks like Bethesda, it's not gonna work." The developer and architect presented two possibilities for the project: a six-floor "matter of right" development with approximately 200 units, ground-floor-retail, and a surface parking lot on Yuma Street NW; or three residential buildings with over 250 units, several floors of underground parking, a new grocery store, as well as courtyards, plazas, and walkways. The site has been vacant for the past two years. Previously, it housed an A&P that opened in 1964 before it served as a Superfresh and later a Fresh & Green, which opened in 2011, as reported by last UrbanTurf.
· 200 or 250 Residences: The Two Options Presented for AU Park Superfresh Site [UrbanTurf]