34-Unit Mixed-Use Building Planned for H Street’s East End

by Lark Turner

34-Unit Mixed-Use Building Planned for H Street's East End: Figure 1

The eastern end of H Street is next.

A developer wants to construct a mixed-use building at 1401 Florida Avenue NE (map), a part of the corridor that has so far seen less development amid the western end’s building boom. (The Flats at Atlas development is an exception in terms of recent large-scale development.)

In plans submitted to the Board of Zoning Adjustment on Monday night, one of the developers, Mehari Sequar, laid out plans to build a six-story building on a triangular parcel adjacent to H Street’s starburst intersection. Sequar also developed the Boundary Heights condominium on the U Street Corridor.

The building would have ground-floor retail, seven residential units each on floors 2-5, and six units on the sixth floor. PGN Architects designed the project.

Reached by phone Tuesday, Sequar declined to comment on the proposal. Attorney Meridith Moldenhauer is representing the property owner in the zoning case.

The maximum permitted residential lot occupancy for the site is 80 percent; the developer wants to build to 99 percent, according to the filings. They also want to build to 75 feet; the maximum allowable height is 70 feet. Finally, though 29 parking spaces are required for the development, the developer says they are unable to provide any parking on the property due to its odd layout.

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  1. Josh A said at 4:09 pm on Tuesday September 30, 2014:
    The developer wants to blow through the maz occupancy, height limit, and go with no parking whatsoever. Anything else Mr. Sequar? Perhaps DC can pay for all the construction as well to make this project even easier....
  1. Anonymous85 said at 3:39 pm on Wednesday October 1, 2014:
    I think this is a wonderful concept, H st has much to offer in way of restaurants, bars and nightclubs but there’s definitely a lack in retail stores. Compared to other neighborhoods parking on H st has never been a problem and truthfully there isn’t a reason to drive in the city. Personally this is a welcomed addition with the potential to help the area thrive even more!
  1. H St. Resident said at 10:27 pm on Wednesday October 1, 2014:
    The layout is certainly unique, but a welcome addition to the neighborhood considering the eyesore that's currently there.
  1. Payton Chung said at 9:54 pm on Thursday October 23, 2014:
    Arbitrary zoning rules have made it impossible to build on sites like these, which are some of the most prominent in our city of diagonal streets and acute angles. Many of our city's landmark buildings are on "flatiron" parcels, like the American Indian Museum, the FTC, or the buildings surrounding circles like Dupont. Those were only possible because downtown zoning doesn't have silly rules like: - Maximum lot occupancy rules tied to setbacks, which assume that lots have back yards -- which this one doesn't, since it's surrounded by three streets. - Parking requirements, which are are almost impossible to fulfill on shallow lots. You try fitting square parking spaces into an acute triangle! As for the height, it's across the street from a 10-story building. Five additional feet won't make a difference.

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