OneDC mounted a campaign lobbying for the approval of the above design and proposal. Apparently OneDC has a financial or proprietary interest in the above proposal, which is discussed here.
In contrast, the following is a rendering of we could have had if this proposal by Banneker Ventures, LLC and Community Preservation and Development Corporation (DPDC) had been chosen by the Deputy Mayor's office:
I find Banneker's design very appealing aesthetically. The shape of the building, its visual texture, how it relates to the street, the roof lines, the numerous large windows, and the contrasting design for the building across the alley (you can't really see it in this rendering, but the smaller building separated by an alley from the main building looks neat and transitions well into the neighboring buildings) all make this a beautiful proposal.
The above renderings were copied from the ANC2C forum.