It's tax deal time if you're a developer in Columbia Heights. DCUSA got one, Ellwood Thompson's got one (but I have no idea what their status is, despite multiple attempts to contact them), the View 14 condos at 14th and Florida got one, and now Highland Park at 14th and Irving looks to receive one.
Originally proposed in May, the bill is about to be passed. The bill gives tax breaks to the Highland Park building, as well as the Park Place building in Petworth, both developed by Donatelli Development.
Now I'm ok with giving tax breaks to new businesses coming in, but giving them to businesses already in the area seems a little odd. Then again, the Allegro building faced foreclosure recently after the developer couldn't pay their bills, and was sold. Maybe this is aimed at averting those sorts of problems.