A parcel of property on 9th Street NE between Kearny and Lawrence is finally starting to see the construction of eight townhomes, which will be two units each, for a total of 16 new residential units. Although it just broke ground, this development already has a bit of history behind it.
In the fall of 2013 we learned that the development company Oxbridge group purchased the property for $500,000. They then sought neighborhood feedback at several meetings including ANC and BNCA meetings. One of the hurdles the development faced was zoning hearings in order to “downzone” the property from industrial to residential use. Once that hurdle was cleared, Oxbridge quickly sold the property to real estate developer Getinet Bantayehu for $1.6 million. We recently learned that this new developer secured construction permits, and it appears that the development is moving ahead quickly.
According to nearby neighbors, construction started two weeks ago. As you can see from the photo the footings and the wall for lower level of the townhomes along the sidewalk have been poured, and workers started hauling off dirt a few days ago.