Meet the most powerful man shaping Washington D.C.’s growth you’ve never heard of

Last November, the District of Columbia came as close as it has in a century to gaining a degree of control over its skyline. Marcel Acosta, executive director of the National Capital Planning Commission, had just released a draft report recommending changes to the 1910 Height of Buildings Act, fulfilling a request by Rep. Darrell Issa, the chairman of the House committee with oversight of D.C. affairs, for NCPC and the city to review the law that restricts the city’s vertical reach.

Charter School Opening New Tech Prep Academy in Washington D.C.

The new campus is located on the site of an abandoned McDonald’s restaurant near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Milwaukee Place. The $18 million expansion was finances with District of Columbia charter school revenue bonds. The facility has new labs for robotics, technology, chemistry and biology, as well as a rooftop greenhouse and a green roof.