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New Palette, Solar Panels and Charging Stations: The Changes at Mid City’s New 5th Street Project

by Nena Perry-Brown

Newer aerial rendering of proposed development, showing solar panels. Click to enlarge.

Last summer, MidCity Financial filed an application for a new 360-plus unit project to replace the Washington Apartments Complex in the 1200 block of 5th Street NW (map). Now, the development has a different color palette, more provisions for energy efficiency, and a different approach to its affordable housing.

Newer rendering from Ridge Street. Click to enlarge.

In response to comments from the Zoning Commission, the Torti Gallas Urban-led design team has revised the proposed color palette in favor of a darker grey. The project has also added 1,400 solar panels to the roof, three electric vehicle charging stations in the 103-space parking garage, and e-bike charging outlets in the bicycle storage area.

Newer rendering of walk-up units along M Street. Click to enlarge.

Additionally, while over 10 percent of the total residential space (38 units) will still be dedicated to units for households earning up to 60% of median family income (MFI), the remaining three affordable units will be for households earning up to 50% MFI rather than 80 to 120% MFI. 

The Zoning Commission hearing is scheduled for next week.

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/a-new-palette-and-solar-panels-for-pud-proposed-near-mount-vernon-square-me/16312

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