Despite years of delays for the project, the Hine Junior High School development is finally set to make some progress later this month. The demolition of the vacant Hine Junior High School in Capitol Hill will begin once all hazardous materials are removed from the site. According to Urban Turf, the demolition will take approximately six weeks with vertical construction expected to begin later this year. The developer Stanton-Eastbanc plans on constructing a mixed-use development with 162 residential units, 61,000-square-feet of retail, 150,000-square-feet of office, and underground parking. The development will also feature an area for the flea market section of Easter Market. Urban Turf reported that the project is set to deliver by June 2017.
The development could have made progress years ago after the Zoning Commission approved Stanton-Eastbanc's Planned Unit Development (PUD) in 2012, but a group of neighbors submitted a lawsuit to the D.C. Court of Appeals in 2013. Some of the big issues with the development, according to the group, was the development's size, height, and density. The D.C. Court of Appeals later denied a rehearing of a lawsuit against the developer.
· Demolition at Hine School Development to Start in May, Delivery Still Scheduled for June 2017 [Urban Turf]
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