EastBanc deal to buy Fillmore School killed
One of the residents who lives near the Fillmore School and had opposed the development, Joe Price, told the Dish, “We think it’s a good thing. But as they say, 'Be careful of what you wish for.’ The next developer may be more difficult. What we really want is a deliberate planning process.”
ANC Commissioner Ed Solomon said that EastBanc has a strong history of building "fine projects" in Georgetown and that Lanier and EastBanc seemed willing to work with residents to find a concept they were satisfied with, although he was not sure what they could have presented.
"No matter who buys that property, the community has concerns, and they're legitimate, and we raise them," he said.
So far, Corcoran representatives have not responded to calls for comment.
The Corcoran College of Art and Design killed a deal to sell the sought-after Fillmore School to EastBanc on June 16, according to sources of The Georgetown Dish.
The specific causes of the deal's termination are not entirely clear, but residents of 34th Street had expressed concerns about the scale and traffic implications of the development, as well as being left out of a decisionmaking process in the hands of ANCs, the Old Georgetown Board, and government authorities. "We were afraid of the Hurt Home happening to us," said resident Joe Price, referring to another controversial Georgetown project. Price graduated from Catholic University and its law school before buying his house on 34th Street in 2001, where he now lives with his wife and two-year-old son.
In an email, Director CEO of Corcoran Fred L. Bollerer said that "EastBanc asked for some significant changes to the agreement that we felt inappropriate and not in accordance with the Purchase and Sale Agreement, thus the termination on June 16."
EastBanc, which is owned by Georgetown developer Anthony Lanier, planned to construct about 30 middle-market condominiums with parking on the site. The plans were not popular with residents living nearby, who expressed concerns at community meeting with Lanier in late May.
Going forward, it is not clear what the plans are for the property.
A community affairs representative of Mayor Adrian Fenty had spoken with neighbors about the issue during a neighborhood campaign exercise recently, but no follow-up was reported.
Additional reporting by Bonnie Cain