The D.C. Zoning Commission will likely approve the construction of Douglas Development’s proposed Shepherd Park mixed-use community, even though Douglas is still struggling to strike a deal with Naima and Rev. David Jefferson, whose home borders the development site.
The Jeffersons have denied Douglas’s property access requests and monetary deals since March of 2015, and both sides are skeptical that a deal can struck, according to Michael Neibauer of the Washington Business Journal.
That said, Douglas appears to have won over the zoning commission. Commissioner Robert Miller said the developer has made “extensive efforts to address issues that both the immediate neighbors, the Jeffersons, and [Advisory Neighborhood Commission] 4B have raised.” Chairman Anthony Hood explained to the Jeffersons in July that the PUD is likely to win final approval.