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25 Affordable Units and an Expanded Sitar Arts Center Planned in Adams Morgan

by Nena Perry-Brown

25 Affordable Units and an Expanded Sitar Arts Center Planned in Adams Morgan: Figure 1
Aerial view of the planned conversion. Click to enlarge.

While Adams Morgan is known for new market-rate residential projects, an affordable development is also on the boards.

Jubilee Housing has applied to the Board of Zoning Adjustment in hopes of converting the vacant three-story commercial building at 1724 Kalorama Road NW (map) into 25 affordable units, plus office and community arts space.

The PGN Architects-designed development would deliver 25 apartments across the second, third and fourth floors. Two-thirds of the units will be for households earning up to 30 percent of median family income (MFI), while the remainder will be for households earning up to 60 percent MFI.

25 Affordable Units and an Expanded Sitar Arts Center Planned in Adams Morgan: Figure 2
The planned conversion, seen from Kalorama Road. Click to enlarge.

The ground-floor space would accommodate an expansion of the Sitar Arts Center, which also occupies space in the condo building next door. The penthouse would be used as office space for Jubilee. 

The application is seeking parking and lot occupancy relief, as the applicant states that the required minimum of 12 spaces (7 for residential) cannot be provided. Most of the 11 parking spaces currently at the rear of the building are not legally compliant or wouldn't be feasible for use post-conversion. Jubilee and Sitar already have parking facilities in the neighborhood and the applicant doesn't anticipate a need for residential parking. 

A zoning hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Renderings courtesy of PGN Architects.

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/25-affordable-units-and-an-expanded-sitar-arts-center-a-planned-conversion-/14461

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