Six Residences Planned Above The Bike Rack in Logan Circle

by UrbanTurf Staff

Early rendering for proposed addition at 1412 Q Street NW.

New residences are planned for a rather unexpected location in Logan Circle.

Managing Principal for Inscape Studio Greg Kearley presented plans to the ANC 2F Community Development Committee recently for a partial four-story addition plus basement space at 1412 Q Street NW (map), home to the bicycle store The Bike Rack.


The addition would include six residential units plus a green roof and expand the commercial space for The Bike Rack.

Kearley told the committee that the design and massing for the addition are conceptual at this point due to discussions with the Historic Preservation Office and the applicant’s desire to consider ANC 2F’s input. The committee decided not to make a recommendation on the project as the applicant agreed to talk with the neighbors about the design and further revise the plans for the addition.

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/residences_planned_above_the_bike_rack_in_logan_circle/11739


  1. skidrowedc@gmail.com said at 4:02 pm on Friday September 30, 2016:

    This’ll be interesting to follow.  Logan Circle is one of the few neighborhoods where NIMBY’s are almost always outvoted by those in favor of density.  To be sure, most projects have gotten a few nips and tucks, smoothing the sharper edges of greater density and maintaining urban cohesion.  But usually the developer has gotten most of what he/she wanted, and equally important, the community has rarely come away with a sense of grievance. The neighborhood has prospered; density has not been ruinous the way opponents invariably envision. 

    Here the architects have been sensible—matching the predominate 3 story cornice, and setting back top floors considerably.  There are some taller-than-rowhouse buildings in the immediate vicinity, to the north, south, and east of this site.  Yet looking at the rendering, with blue sky surrounding the upper 2 stories, one cannot suppress the thought “pop-up!” and it’s an accusation, not an objective commentary.  This is because pop-ups, at least those of 2 or more stories atop small-footprint, 1-2 story existing buildings, have an inherent sense of greediness to them no matter how well designed.

    Logan Circle has been supportive of density, but not so much for greed.  Drop off the top story and this proposal no longer seems greedy.

  1. Jay said at 1:32 pm on Wednesday October 5, 2016:

    Umm no. Couldn’t they do a better job of blending in with the existing structures. Whhhhhhhyyyyyy do they keep building this crap?!?! Totally looks pop up because it does not look like it belongs. At least they could have made the windows directly about the store look more like it was an extension.  But no.

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