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Mayor Cuts Ribbon at Hine Re-Development

It’s officially open.

The ribbon-cutting for the mixed-use Hine School Project, which offers 162 residential units, 156,000 square feet of office space and 61,000 square feet of retail space in the 700 blocks of Pennsylvania Ave and C St. SE, took place Tuesday morning. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6-D), Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie (Ward 5-D) and representatives of development team Stanton-East Banc shared the stage with Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) Bryan T. Kenner, who acted as Master of Ceremonies for the event.

ANC 6B Commissioners Diane Hoskins (6B02), former ANC Commissioner Ivan Frishberg, former Ward 6 Councilmember and current Director of the Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE) Tommy Wells and Chander Jayaraman (Chair, 6B08) pose with Councilmember Allen (Ward 6-D) before the ceremony.

About fifty attendees enjoyed coffee, hot chocolate and treats provided by Radici Market (303 Seventh St. SE) as they listened to brief comments prior to the cutting of the ribbon by the Mayor, Councilmembers, and Kenneth Golding of Stanton Development, among others.

The ribbon-cutting put a cap on the more than two years of construction and over eight years of planning that saw the old Hine Junior High School replaced by more than 400,000 square feet of retail, office and residential space.  In his remarks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, DMPED Bryan T. Kenner said that the residential component includes 46 affordable housing units.

Mayor Bowser said that the contributions of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6B and community members had achieved the desired results: a space for business, residents and community.

“We have reclaimed a space in this outdoor plaza that we’re going to go out and enjoy,” she said.

Mayor Bowser said that the successful completion of the Plaza allowed the community to reclaim public space.
Councilmember Allen applauded ANC 6B and all the community members who worked together to bring the project to fruition.
Mary Quillian Helms, of Mr. Henry’s, Laurie Gillman of East City Bookshop and Senior Counsel Nichole Opkins of CM Allen’s office smile after the ribbon is cut Tuesday morning.

Councilmember Allen said that the many debates and discussions about what the neighborhood wanted in the development had paid off.

“We got it,” he said, “collectively we made a great product.”

Allen said he looked forward to welcoming the new businesses and new residents to the area and noted that the new plaza on C Street SE would serve to better connect Eastern Market and Barracks Row.

“I look forward to the next steps, Eastern Market Metro Plaza, the Southeast Library Renovations, and so much more,” Allen said.

EastBanc Principal Partner Anthony Lanier praised architect Amy Weinstein, of Esocoff Associates + Weinstein Studio, for designing a building that integrated the Capitol Hill landscape, and for standing firm behind the design in the face of budgetary and construction challenges.

Vice-President Alejandro (Alex) Golding said that C Street SE was not yet open to traffic. The developer said the street will open after stop signs are received from DDOT and installed at intersections. In a meeting later that day, Commissioner Diane Hoskins (6B02) noted that this is not likely to take place until January 2018.

The folks at Radici Market (303 Seventh St. SE) provided hot chocolate, coffee and treats, warming attendees at the ribbon-cutting.
Sr. Community Manager Adrian Simpson and CEO and Founder Morris Levy of The Yard: Space to Work (2nd Fl., 700 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) were just one of the new tenants of the project on hand for the ribbon-cutting.
Portia Moore, Executive Director of STEM Pre-School, was also on hand to celebrate. The school will open at 770 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.


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