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213-Unit Brookland Project Gets Second Approval from Zoning

by Lark Turner

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A 213-unit residential project planned for a lot near the Brookland Metro Station received its second approval from the Zoning Commission on Monday night.

The Zoning Commission’s initial decision to approve the project at 901 Monroe Street NE (map) in 2012 was fiercely opposed by residents living within 200 feet of the project, who took their case to the DC Court of Appeals. The court sent the case back to the Zoning Commission, saying the commissioners hadn’t fully explained their facts and findings before approving the project. The site of the project is the former location of Colonel Brooks Tavern, which closed its doors in 2012.

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A rendering of the planned mixed-use development.

After a brief discussion on Monday, the Commission reaffirmed its decision in favor of the developer, The Menkiti Group, which is working with architect Esocoff and Associates on the project. Commissioner Peter May said the project offers an appropriate transition from the smaller single-family homes nearby to the larger buildings clustered near the Metro station.

“The project evolved to a place where it steps down appropriately and meets those smaller homes in an appropriate manner, and it works well,” May said Monday. “In fact, it works better than the buildings across the street and down the street, which are institutional buildings that are not particularly respectful of the character of the neighborhood.”

Mark Rengel, who heads development at the Menkiti Group, told UrbanTurf the project would be delayed until the Zoning Commission’s decision was reviewed by the court.

“The overall timeline is somewhat in flux right now as it is dependent on the speed at which the Zoning Commission issues their response back to the DC Court of Appeals and the ensuing hearing schedule at the Court of Appeals,” he wrote in an email.

The planned project will have 150 parking spaces, 66 bike spaces and two parking spots reserved for Zipcar. There will also be 13,000 square feet of retail, including a restaurant.

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This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/212-unit_project_near_brookland_metro_gets_second_approval_from_zoning/9623

4 Comments

  1. Eponymous said at 1:35 pm on Tuesday March 10, 2015:

    Great news. Businesses in the neighborhood could really use more foot traffic. I hope they are able to move forward with construction quickly.

  1. Tom in Michigan Park said at 3:11 pm on Tuesday March 10, 2015:

    Fantastic news!  This catalyst project will continue the transformation surrounding the Brookland Metro station.  The barricaded lot is an eyesore, producing absolutely nothing for the neighborhood or the city.

    Let’s hope that Phase II of Monroe St. Market will begin soon.  Unfortunately, it may be another three years before development begins on the WMATA-owned surface parking lot at the Metro station.

  1. Daniel Wolkoff said at 3:24 pm on Tuesday March 10, 2015:

    I wish the arched roof and pseudo turrets weren’t the exact opposite of authentic historic architecture in Dc. But is this the Zoning case where DC Zoning Commission copied the applicants own submission and sent it in as their decision?
    Anyway,, please read the following Mid City and Hill Rag articles t find out how Vision McMillan Partners and DC Deputy Mayor are subverting community input with a “fake grass roots” PR campaign put over by Jamie Fontaine from Baltimore. But who cares about democracy and fairness, and honesty, and an open transparent process when your working with this City Council. The McMillan deal is the biggest land theft since the dutch stole Manhattan from the Lenape for beads and trinkets,,but that’s only my typical rant.


    Part three, out on March 9th: The Long Strange Trip:
    http://www.capitalcommunitynews.com/content/long-strange-trip

    Tour the magical spaces of McMillan Park, http://vimeo.com/111638481,
    and please consider donating to our legal fund to stop the city’s plans
    to demolish our park: https://www.crowdrise.com/savemcmillanpark.

    See the first installment of a new series in Mid City weekly taking a close look at what’s being going on at McMillan, “Eyes on McMillan,” the first objective investigative piece on this whole process and saga staling our 25 acre parkland.  http://www.capitalcommunitynews.com/content/mcmillan-development-arrives-crossroads-0

    Part two of this series, out February 20th, “The Empire Strikes Back,” looks at the city’s hiring of a firm in Baltimore to ‘discredit and neutralize’community opposition to “the Monstrosity on michigan Ave.” http://www.capitalcommunitynews.com/content/empire-strikes-back

    Part three, out on March 9th: The Long Strange Trip:
    http://www.capitalcommunitynews.com/content/long-strange-trip

  1. Michael said at 8:59 am on Wednesday March 11, 2015:

    Daniel.  First off, it’s not a park.  It’s a field with a fence around it that you’re not allowed in. 

    Secondly, it has nothing to do with the article.

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