Calvin Cafritz Enterprises took a typical approach to developing an apartment building in the Chevy Chase neighborhood of D.C., with one notable exception: after acquiring the land, designing the building and getting zoning approval, the company waited 22 years to begin the project.
When the company decided in recent weeks to start construction, on an empty lot at the corner of Connecticut Avenue NW and Military Road NW, it prompted some neighbors to question whether plans for a glass-encased, 263-unit apartment building were properly vetted.
Richard Graham, 39, who lives nearby on Kanawha Street NW, said he and his neighbors only learned about the project after his wife saw workers preparing the site for work. He then gathered as much information he could and presented it to the Advisory Neighborhood Commission Dec. 10.
“There’s a lot of outrage in the community that the developer has been so under the radar with this project and that the community and the ANC have not even been notified,” Graham said.