Details Released About 12-Unit Condo Project Coming to Hill East

by Shilpi Paul

Preliminary rendering. Courtesy of R2L: Architects.

Updated information has been released about a 12-unit condo project coming to 401 15th Street SE in Hill East, reported ANC Commissioner Brian Flahaven on Wednesday.

Developers met with the community last week to discuss the project and share a preliminary rendering from R2L: Architects. Here are the basics. The five-story building will contain five one-bedroom units, and seven two- and three-bedroom units. Six parking spaces are included in the plan, as well as one affordable unit. There will not be a retail component, and construction is likely to begin in about a year.

Property owner Goodeon Kingston will not need to go through the ANC or the BZA for any zoning relief, Flahaven reported, so this was a relatively rare opportunity for the community to weigh in on the plans. As Flahaven said, “reactions to the building design ranged from outrage to acceptance.” The representatives will be returning to the community with updated plans in the near future.

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  1. makeba said at 7:18 pm on Thursday January 31, 2013:

    Thats a nice looking addition the the neighborhood. Cheers!

  1. Eric K said at 11:45 am on Friday February 1, 2013:

    I live a block away and am glad there will be some added density and useage for that otherwise dead corner. The design looks fine too, but this is going to fire up the folks on the newhilleast listserve that hate any building taller than two stories. Especially because they seem to think they should get a say in every decision made in the neighborhood, and they won’t be given that opportunity here. I’m all for it.

  1. anon said at 12:08 pm on Friday February 1, 2013:

    It’s listed as 5 stories, but one appears to be underground.  Scale is a little large for the small footprint, but they did a reasonable job of breaking it up—it looks from the street like it alternates 3 - 4 floor towers.

    That said I don’t think it blends that well with most of the neighboring structures, which are 1/2 the height.  But there are worse cases along 15th St, so it won’t be totally out of character. 

    It’s going to be built by right with no zoning variances, so it’s not like anyone’s opinions really matter

  1. Sharon said at 1:02 pm on Friday February 1, 2013:

    The design looks nice, and it will great to put the under-utilized corner to better use. After the failure of crepes on the corner, I am not surprised that they excluded retail.  Hopefully, a good coffee shop will open in the now-defunct COTC spot soon.

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