30-40 Unit Residential Project Planned For 11th and Rhode Island

by UrbanTurf Staff

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A massing of the planned project.

More residential development is on the boards for Logan Circle.

At Wednesday’s ANC 2F Community Development meeting, developer CAS Riegler will present plans for a 30-40 unit residential project at 1101 Rhode Island Avenue NW (map), currently the Diamond Cab building.

The project will also include 2,500 to 2,900 square feet of retail space ideally for a neighborhood-serving retailer, possibly a cafe, and 14 parking spaces. Other features include a courtyard and a green roof.

The developer will ask the ANC for support in advance of their request for several zoning variances from the Board of Zoning Adjustment: the reduced number of parking spaces, the increased FAR and lot occupancy, and the penthouse setback.

CAS Riegler spoke to the issue of parking, obviously a sensitive one in this area, in an email to UrbanTurf:

With 14 spaces, we believe that this is more than adequate to serve demand that this building will create. We are all bikers, walkers, etc and while we understand that there would be cause for concern if we were asking for no parking, we believe our parking ratio will likely meet the demand. And we agree with the Office of Planning that the old minimum parking regulations are appropriate for today’s urban lifestyle. That being said, we are conducting a parking study by a 3rd Party Traffic and Transportation Consultant to confirm these assumptions.

Update:

While no vote was taken, CAS Riegler shared additional details and discussed the project with attending neighbors at last night’s meeting, some who took issue with a few of the developer’s requests for variances.

Specifically, residents were concerned with the request for increased FAR and lot occupancy, which they worried would create a denser, more populated development than what zoning intended. However, some were appeased to learn that the request was to accommodate a green roof over the parking garage. The size and number of residential units, said the developer, are within what is allowed by matter-of-right on that block.

Parking was another debated issue. CAS Riegler is requesting a variance to build 14 underground parking spaces for the building, less than what is required by zoning. Adam Stifel of CAS Riegler assured the crowd that the project would be programmed to assume that residents of a two-bedroom condo would likely have a car and require parking, while those living in a small one-bedroom may not. Kevin Riegler also noted that they would be bringing back 4 to 7 street parking spaces by filling in existing curb cuts.

The developer has plans to meet with neighbors several times over the next few months to address concerns. They will be meeting with the Board of Zoning Adjustment later this year, and hope to begin demolition in early 2014. Construction is expected to take 12 to 14 months.

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/30-40_unit_residential_planned_for_11th_and_rhode_island/7609

3 Comments

  1. John Muller said at 10:50 am on Thursday September 26, 2013:

    Where will Diamond Cab move to?

  1. Jay said at 11:41 am on Thursday September 26, 2013:

    We’re getting close to needing an 11th Street Rundown for the growing number of projects on 11th!

  1. Tom in Michigan Park said at 2:41 pm on Thursday September 26, 2013:

    Great news!  That corner has been an eyesore for years.

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