Tastemakers, Local & Abroad, Head to Adams Morgan Line Hotel
The staycation you’ve been dying to take has arrived.
The long awaited, trendy Line Hotel D.C. of Adams Morgan opened its doors at the start of 2018. Since then, D.C. royalty have been spotted frequenting the du jour hotel— including Michelle Obama.
The Line Hotel D.C.
Housed inside a 110-year old historic church, developers — a group made up of Sydell Group, Friedman Capital, and Foxhall Partners — say they attempted to target a local crowd with two upscale restaurants, a community radio station, a coffee shop, and 4,000 square foot community center located in the hotel’s basement. Hotel management boast that the hotel’s artwork has been purchased by local D.C. artists and that both of its restaurants, run by high-profile chefs, exclusively serve locally grown produce.
“We like to go into neighborhoods and become the neighborhood hotel,” says managing director Crawford Sherman, speaking on behalf of Sydell Group, a hotel developing company based in New York.
“This is a hotel that is built to reflect and look after the neighborhood,” he continues.
But before you book your reservation to Adams Morgan’s first hotel, you may want to know a bit more about who’ll be housing you.
In short, the hotel may have violated tax laws, potentially screwing over local contractors and the D.C. community at large.
The Controversy Explained
Hotel developers are fighting off accusations of false promises made to the community. As an incentive to serve the District, an agreement made with the city’s tax office in 2010 required that developers would hire more than 50 percent of its construction workers from Washington in return for a $46 million tax break during its first 20 years in service.
However, paperwork by the city’s Department of Employment Services revealed developers violated this agreement– hiring only 25 percent of D.C. residents for their construction workforce, as reported by The Washington Post.
The Hotel’s Response
When asked whether or not the hotel’s developers obliged to the rules of its tax abatement, Sherman answered in the hotel’s favor.
“The hotel itself is abiding by the agreement. I’m not sure where that misinformation is coming from,” says Sherman.
“But we actually haven’t gone in for our audit yet. We’re still under construction. You can’t make a judgment until you actually sit down and apply for the abatement,” he continues.
Should you care? If Michelle doesn’t…
As Sherman prompted, the fate of the hotel’s tax abatement will be settled within the first half of 2018. Regardless, Sherman believes the public allegations haven’t yet deterred local customers. In addition, Sherman argued that The Line, which is currently the only operating hotel within the Adams Morgan community, is drawing in a lot of outsiders into the neighborhood. He expects the hotel to generate more business throughout the community — a community largely embedded with local, family businesses.
Sherman declined to comment on the hotel’s projected annual revenue but claims that the hotel has already been exceeding its earnings projections within its first three months of fruition.
Photography by Gary Williams