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Valor Development Scales Back Plan For AU Park Mixed-Use Project

A rendering of Valor Development's Ladybird project
from its initial October filing

Facing opposition following its October proposal for a development on AU Park's former Superfresh site, Valor Development has scaled back its plans. 

The developer on Thursday presented its new proposal to the community, shrinking the size of its proposed grocery store from 50K SF to 14K SF and reducing the total number of units from 230 to 219, UrbanTurf reports

The original proposal for the project at 4330 48th St. NW had already been the smaller version of two ideas it presented to the community in October 2015.

Now, the developer is shrinking it even further after facing fervent opposition. A group called Citizens For Responsible Development is garnering support to mount legal opposition, an increasingly common action in the District. Additionally, 38 parties filed letters in opposition with the Zoning Commission.

In shrinking the grocery component, Valor aims to attract smaller-format grocers like Trader Joe’s, Streets Market or Balducci’s, rather than larger chains like Safeway or Giant. Roughly 10% of the 219 units in the revised plan will be set aside as affordable.