42 Apartments Atop Retail Headed to Rhode Island Avenue Near Woodridge

by Nena Perry-Brown

A rendering of the proposed development from Rhode Island Avenue

Salem Development recently filed an application with the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) to build a mixed-use building on the 10,780 square-foot site at 2027 Rhode Island Avenue NE (map), two blocks from Langdon Park.

Designed by Rich Markus Architects, the 50 foot-tall, H-shaped building will deliver 42 residential units atop two bi-level retail spaces on the cellar and ground floors.

A rendering of the proposed development as seen from Mills Avenue

The project will have seven parking spaces on a rear surface lot accessible from the alley, as well as 15 bicycle storage spaces on the cellar level and a five-space bike rack on the sidewalk. There will be two courtyard areas on the ground floor and apartment units will be on the cellar through penthouse levels.

Up to eight of the apartments will fall under inclusionary zoning — half set aside for households earning up to 50 percent area median income (AMI) and the other half for households earning up to 80 percent AMI.

2027 Rhode Island Avenue NE

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1 Comment

  1. skidrowedc@gmail.com said at 12:09 pm on Monday October 3, 2016:

    In a not-so-prime location like this, the construction budget can’t be generous.  So a fairly simple design, like the one shown, makes sense.  Simplicity of articulation, however, increases the need for quality materials, good proportions, and careful details. Attention to shadowlines can be critical—set those windows as far back as you can from the masonry face! A proven strategy is to concentrate detailing at the main entrance and parapet, both of which are notably under-developed in the rendering.

    One wonders, given that this is surely wood construction, whether such large windows are actually possible. If so, it speaks quite well of the design team, since the thickness of wood trusses and bearing/bracing requirements for wood walls so often produces awkward proportions and ungenerous windows. Moreover, usually in less-expensive construction, various vents and intakes are on the face of the building. None show here. Let’s hope that the H-shape allows the architects to put them all away from the street.

    Bottom line, developer Salem and architect Markus, you have a decent start, but low construction budgets require serious focus if you want to end up with a good building. A positive result would be genuinely triumphant!

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