Sq. 54 vote delayed again

The D.C. Zoning Commission postponed its decision on the future of Square 54, the vacant lot across from the GW Hospital, at its meeting Monday night.

The proposed mixed-use complex, which includes 84,000 square feet in commercial space, more than 300 residential apartments and business offices, was submitted to the commission last spring. The Square 54 application was delayed earlier this year because of lengthy testimony during the initial public hearing in November.

Sara Bardin, spokesperson for the Zoning Commission, said the second delay was not the fault of any party involved in the application. She said commissioners delayed the decision to a special Feb. 26 meeting when they received a copy of a Foggy Bottom Association submission just before the hearing. She said the neighborhood group’s submission was not late.

“Commissioners didn’t read a copy of it until last night,” she said Tuesday.

The Foggy Bottom Association is a community organization committed to preserving Foggy Bottom and that opposes GW’s plans for Square 54. FBA members believe the space should be used for housing students or holding classes.

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