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.
- Bozzuto Development Group
- George Washington University
- Giant/Stop & Shop/Ahold
- GIBG Partners YL, LLC
- Hines Interests
- L5K, LLC
- Lowe Enterprises
- National Public Radio
- Parkside Residential LLC
Representative Projects and Transactions
- 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.
- Representation of a multi-disciplined development team in connection to Skyland Shopping Center in Southeast Washington, the area’s first pedestrian-friendly town center consisting of multiple buildings containing big box retail, small scale retail, multifamily properties and public outdoor space. Helped team secure many zoning entitlements necessary for the development and secured approval of the project from the D.C. Zoning Commission.
- Representation of an affordable housing developer in its entitlement process for the construction of a townhouse community in Ward 7 of Washington DC (Congress Heights), called “Eden Place”. The townhouse project will be comprised of 60 affordable townhouses and significant green amenity space.
- Representation in connection with securing approval from the District of Columbia Zoning Commission for the redevelopment of an 8.9-acre parcel of land in Ward 5 of Northeast DC. The approved project will include @75,000-85,000 square feet of retail space and up to 825 residential units (including over 60 affordable housing units) on the property. The development will also include an Arts Walk that will provide studio space for local artists and an arts center that will provide a venue for community event.