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68 Affordable Units Proposed for Historic Takoma Site

by Nena Perry-Brown

Axon view of proposed development with other planned developments in the background. Click to enlarge.

More development is on the boards on and adjacent to Takoma's Vine Street.

Last week, Petra Development presented plans for a by-right, 50 foot-tall project at 6928 Maple Street NW (map) to residents of ANC 4B. All of the 68 units would be affordable to housing voucher recipients, and the unit mix would be nearly evenly split between one-, two-, and three-bedrooms. There would also be 23 long-term bicycle spaces and 7 secured surface parking spaces, including some dedicated to carshare.

Massing of proposed development from north on Maple Street. Click to enlarge.

The house at 6950 Maple Street NW (map), which is currently home to arts education nonprofit Rhizome and is considered a contributing building to the Takoma Historic District, would be relocated to the southeast corner of the site at Vine Street. It is expected to retain a commercial use, although it was unclear whether Rhizome would remain a tenant as of last week's presentation.

Massing of proposed development from south on Maple Street; 218 Vine in foreground at left. Click to enlarge.

Some meeting attendees asked about the possibility of razing the house to do a larger project or add recreational outdoor space for younger residents; the developer stated that talks with Historic Preservation Office staff have given them the impression that razing the house is a non-starter. 

Massing of proposed development on Maple Street. Click to enlarge.

Petra Design Studio is the architect; the renderings are preliminary and do not reflect the potential materials or colors of the project. The developer plans to submit a concept application for historic review within the next few months.

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