Hurt Home unanimously surplused by City Council

In a meeting of the Committee on Governmental Operations and the Environment today, the City Council members present unanimously voted to surplus the historic Hurt Home, which will be developed into luxury condominiums by the Argos Group.

In a meeting chaired by Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, the committee voted unanimously in under three mintues to surplus the Hurt Home and four other projects. Cheh quashed attempts at discussion of the committee's sparse attendance from other committee members, like At-Large Councilmember David Catania, who said his colleagues were shirking their duties.

Next up for the vote is the disposal of the Hurt Home. Next Tuesday, July 13, the Council will vote on whether to do so, selling the property to Argos Group of Washington and their partner, Potomac Investment Properties.

The Hurt Home has been in the public eye for weeks, spurring community comment and complaint which recently resulted in a drastic downsizing of Argos' plans for the property from about 30 to about 15 condo units.

In June, its pending sale prompted local residents who felt that they had not been included enough by the City and developer in development discussions placed a flood of calls to Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans's office. Evans claimed that there had been plenty of community comment, first at a June 16 roundtable with the Committee on Government Operations, and then more dramatically at a July 1 meeting.

Residents mostly fear parking and traffic congestion from the Hurt Home's new tenants and overdevelopment of the property in what they say is already a dense area. Going forward through the zoning and other approval processes, Evans has assured residents, there will be plenty of opportunity for them to weigh in on the Hurt Home.