A developer is suing D.C. Council member Jim Graham in connection with a disputed Metro real estate deal that he was involved in during his tenure on the transit agency’s board of directors.
Banneker Ventures alleges that Graham (D-Ward 1) illegally interfered in the company’s effort to build a residential and retail development on Metro-owned land in Shaw.
Filed Monday in federal court in the District, the suit also names a competing developer and Metro as defendants and seeks $100 million in compensatory damages.
The development, dubbed “The Jazz,” was to be built on Florida Avenue NW and was to include 103 residential units and about 12,000 square feet of retail.
According to investigations, Graham told Banneker representatives in 2008 that he would support their bid to run the D.C. Lottery if the firm dropped out of the competition. Graham favored another developer — LaKritz Adler of the District, which is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit.