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86 Affordable Apartments Proposed for Alabama Avenue

by Nena Perry-Brown

Proposed development of cellar entrance, from alley. Click to enlarge.

An all-affordable development is on the boards blocks from Skyland Town Center.

Durrani Development and Compass Design and Development have applied for zoning approval to construct an 86-unit apartment building at 2483-2491 Alabama Avenue SE (map). The site, where a vacant former church is located, is in the RA-1 zone, requiring a special exception for new residential development.

Courtyard of proposed development. Click to enlarge.

The three-story, U-shaped building will have 14 surface parking spaces fronting a north-facing courtyard, as well as a "tot lot" on the northeast side. The all-affordable development will include one- to three-bedroom units with and without dens. The building will also have shared laundry and bike room in the basement, and a green roof and solar panel array.

Proposed development entrance on Alabama Avenue. Click to enlarge.

GPS Designs is the project architect of the primarily brick building, and portions of the design include blue tiles in four shades which form a gradient intended to "dissolve" into the sky. 

A zoning hearing has not yet been scheduled.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/86-affordable-apartments-proposed-for-alabama-avenue/15604