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Adams Morgan hotel developer fails to meet promise

The Line D.C. hotel will open despite not meeting hiring requirements

A $46 million tax abatement for an Adams Morgan project is in doubt, as reported by Washington Business Journal. New York-based developer Sydell Group has struggled to meet the terms of an agreement that allows them to redevelop the historic First Church of Christ, Scientist and a new adjacent building into The Line D.C. hotel.

According to the Washington Business Journal, 90 D.C. residents were hired to complete the project, but the developer is required to bring on 342 local workers. Community groups Unite Here Local 25 have also made bids in order to try to end the project.

The Washington Post reported that the District will make a final assessment of the developer’s hiring performance early next year.

When it finishes construction by the end of November, the hotel will house 220 rooms and restaurants from James Beard Award-winning Spike Gjerde and Erik Bruner-Yang, the chef behind Toki Underground and Maketto. Amenities will include 10,500 square feet of "food and beverage space," more than 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and a 12,000-square-foot gym and spa. There will also be 132 parking spaces.