EastBanc deal to buy Fillmore School killed

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EastBanc planned to develop the Fillmore School into about 30 condos, a plan unpopular with nearby residents
EastBanc planned to develop the Fillmore School into about 30 condos, a plan unpopular with nearby residents

Updated 06/22

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

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Anonymous

The Corcoran is clearly a stand up institution. I am thrilled that they care about the community concerns and won't allow EastBanc to use their political clout to run over the neighborhood with 31 new residences on relatively small lot. Congratulations Corcoran.

Anonymous

Bravo Corcoran! There's definitely a win-win-win solution with this neighbor.

Anonymous

great. i hope this means Corcoran will step-up to the plate and create a state of art full service homeless shelter.

Anonymous

Be careful what you wish for -- often, when neighbors successfully oppose one use for a property, a worse one is approved. Think of Evermay, which is now for sale, and thus who knows what will happen to it, after residents opposed the owner's use of it for events to continue to keep the property. Eastbanc's project *may* have been the best option for the neighborhood, and would likely have increased property values for the neighborhood.

Jonathan

hmmm, burleith could have used some new apartments. all in due time I suppose.

Anonymous

Kudos Corcoran!

Anonymous

Don't get too excited. All the Corcoran said is that they weren't selling to Eastbank they still could sell the property to another Developer. While I didnt like what they showed us I still think Eastbank is a good Developer in Georgetown.

Dave Roffman

It would interesting to find out what the "significant changes" EastBanc asked for from Corcoran. Just for the record.

Trulee Pist

Eastbanc also won the right to develop the Hine Jr. High school site near Eastern Market. Now we learn that they have no money, no agreement to bring in a hotel (as promised in their proposal), no consolidation of the Shakespeare Theater backstage operations (as highly touted by Eastbanc when they were competing for this development), no tenants, no serious negotiations or term sheets with any potential tenants except one non-profit from Virginia who now says they'll only make the move if the city ponies up a big fat cash bribe for them to move....the Hine site's developers have got a lot of nothin'.

Two questions, two answers:

(1.) How long before Eastbanc either throws in the towel on Hine or gets kicked out by the city? A: Couldn't be soon enough.

(2.) How can you tell when an Eastbanc developer is lying? A: His lips are moving.

Beth Solomon

Good point, Dave. We'll follow up.

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