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DC Land Use, Zoning & Historic Preservation

The Goulston & Storrs Washington DC Land Use group assists clients on all types of land entitlement, zoning, and historic preservation matters, including the transactional aspects related to such matters. This group has deep experience navigating every aspect of land use, zoning, and historic preservation laws and regulations in the District of Columbia. The group closely coordinates with real estate transactional lawyers across the firm to provide comprehensive advice relating to such issues as: construction; local, state and federal tax, including tax credits; public policy advocacy; and non-profit groups.

Members of the group regularly appear before the DC Zoning Commission, the DC Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA), the DC Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB), the Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation, the DC Zoning Administrator, the US Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and Old Georgetown Board (OGB),and Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC) and other community groups throughout the City.

Our DC Land Use group also deals with the Federal review processes relating to portions of the District of Columbia.
Our attorneys work closely within both industry-focused and client-focused teams to assist clients in achieving their desired goals and objectives. We provide exceptional service to local, regional, and national clients by drawing upon broad and deep attorney knowledge and experience, a wide diversity of practice areas, and the broader resources of our firm’s Boston and New York offices.

Representative Clients

  • Blake Real Estate
  • Bozzuto Development Group
  • Edens
  • George Washington University
  • Giant/Stop & Shop/Ahold
  • GIBG Partners YL, LLC
  • Hines Interests
  • L5K, LLC
  • Lowe Enterprises
  • Mid-City Financial Corporation
  • National Public Radio
  • Parkside Residential LLC
  • SB Urban
  • The Bernstein Companies
  • The JBG Companies
  • The Levy Group
  • The Museum of the Bible
  • Trammel Crow
  • Trinity Washington University

Representative Projects and Transactions

  • Representation of Edens to receive approval from the DC Zoning Commission for Planned Unit Development to construct an addition to the existing 62,423 Union Market with a 42,000 square foot Angelika movie theatre and four stories (112,000 square feet) of either residential or office space.  Also approved, was a second phase of development to replace a warehouse on the site with a 350,000 square foot mixed-use development. 
  • Representation of PN Hoffman in securing all land use approvals associated with a Planned Unit Development (PUD) that will allow for the construction of a new and modern church for Riverside Baptist Church in Southwest Washington. 
  • Representation of McCaffery Interests in connection with 3220 Prospect Street, NW in Washington DC. For the client, Goulston & Storrs achieved the historic and zoning approvals to redevelop an existing surface parking lot in Georgetown into a new 2-story retail building with below grade parking. Additionally, our team won approvals for design from the Old Georgetown Board (OGB) and loading relief from the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA). 
  • Assisted The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (“Kennedy Center”)  with the land use approvals required for the first major expansion of the Kennedy Center since its original construction.  The work has involved extensive coordination with the DC Water Authority since the site contains essential components of the city’s water system.    
  • Worked with the JBG Companies to secure all required land use approvals for an iconic new building, including approvals by the Commission of Fine Arts and the D.C. Public Space Committee.  The new building will include a dramatic projection over the 10th Street right of way which will serve as an important marker.  The relocation of the Spy Museum to this site will help effectuate the city’s vision for the Southwest Ecodistrict.    
  • Representation of Stanton Square, LLC in connection with the zoning and land use for their Planned Unit Development and Zoning Map Amendment application to the DC zoning commission.
  • Representation of SB-Urban in connection with the redevelopment of an existing historic building and adjacent vacant property in historic Blagden Alley in NW DC into urban suites with no parking. The firm handled the historic preservation and zoning work, as well as the permitting for the bridge across Blagden Alley to connect the two buildings. The alley bridge connection is an extremely new concept for DC.
  • Representation of SB Urban to obtain the historic and zoning approvals necessary for an addition to the Patterson Mansion which is located directly on DuPont Circle into urban suites with a modern apartment addition. In this process, Goulston & Storrs attorneys oversaw all historic and zoning work, as well as work effecting the neighboring community groups.
  • Representation of Blake Real Estate in connection with the rezoning, subdivision, and public space approvals for a 140,000 square foot addition to the headquarters of the International Finance Corporation (“IFC”) building on Pennsylvania Avenue. Also handled the transactional documentation needed to secure the entitlements and advance the project.
  • Representation of Hines Interests and Archstone in connection land use issues relating to the redevelopment of the approximately 10 acre Old Convention Center site in Downtown Washington DC, a high-visibility District disposition site that will dramatically enhance and infill the City's urban core. Worked with client on multiple agreements with the District governing such unique areas as a private developer rebuilding and temporarily maintaining the public street grid, constructing and maintaining sustainable design features, and transferring required uses between parcels.
  • Representation of National Public Radio (NPR) in connection with the relocation of its headquarters and broadcast center to a historic landmark. Goulston & Storrs led NPR through the historic review process, appearing before the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board and the Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation to secure the necessary approvals for demolition and partial addition to the historic building. Also assisted NPR in connection with securing zoning entitlements from the Board of Zoning Adjustment, including allowing multiple antennas on the roofs of its expanded headquarters building.

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