The area near Union Market has been a hotbed for change in the past couple years with new projects and stores planned and even new murals completed. Bisnow now reports that a group of locals, known as Union Market Neighbors, are trying to stop the progress of a handful of fairly massive projects planned in the area. The group appealed the D.C. Zoning Commission's approval of five projects planned since 2016, totaling over 3,500 housing units and more than 250,000 square feet of retail
In an email to Bisnow, activist Chris Otten said, "Union Market Neighbors are concerned that explosion of development at what is the only wholesale market in the District (utterly demolished by these projects and pushed to who knows where) will result in a downtown-sized luxury playground with no affordable family housing units.”
The projects that have been appealed include:
- Ditto Residential's 56-unit, 71,000-square-foot apartment building at 301 Florida Avenue NE
- Trammell Crow and High Street Residential’s 650-unit mixed-use project with hotel and retail space at 1200 Third Street NE
- Kettler’s over 800-unit mixed-use project with office and retail at the corner of 3rd and Morse streets NE
- JBG SMITH’s massive, 1.1 million-square-foot mixed-use project along 6th Street NE
- Foulger-Pratt’s 372-unit, 1.5-acre mixed-use project, known as Press House at Union District, at 301 N Street NE
Some of the worries about these projects include a potential strain on public utilities and rising neighborhood property taxes, according to Bisnow.
The response from the developers has largely been disappointment. In an interview with Bisnow, Ditto said, "We’re disappointed that a project that has absolutely no objections from the community and provides housing that is more likely to be used for families is being held up.”
There is no certainty as to how long the projects will be delayed by the appeals.