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ANC Requests Parking Compromise For Planned 30-Unit Condo Development in Shaw

by Nena Perry-Brown

ANC Requests Parking Compromise For Planned 30-Unit Condo Development in Shaw: Figure 1
A rendering of the proposed development at 801 N Street NW

Last night, representatives from Foundry Companies and Holladay Corporation presented a matter-of-right design for a 30-unit residential development to ANC 6E in hopes of garnering support prior to a hearing with the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) later this month.

While many neighborhood commissions and constituents in the city — especially those in historic designations — rue planned-unit developments (PUDs) that request relief to add density and height to new buildings and would prefer something by-right (or, perhaps, smaller), last night’s discussion was in opposition to this narrative.

The development team presented a design by Cunningham Quill that would combine the five vacant parcels at 801 N Street NW (map) into a four-story, 30-unit condominium building with cellar and penthouse levels. The brick building with metal spandrels would require no zoning relief whatsoever and is on the HPRB docket for approval of design and concept.

The commissioners had almost no comments on the building’s design, however. The delivery of five surface parking spaces in the alley beside the development was the point of concern. The development site currently operates as a parking lot.

ANC Requests Parking Compromise For Planned 30-Unit Condo Development in Shaw: Figure 2
Development site on N Street which is currently a surface parking lot.

Chairperson Alex Padro requested that the developers restrict buyers from obtaining residential parking permits, a limitation where the effectiveness is questionable and one that the developers were hesitant to commit to for a non-rental project.

The development team noted that they hoped to expedite the approval process and avoid contention with the community by providing the required amount of parking and requesting no relief via the PUD process, particularly for such a transit-accessible site.

“You wouldn’t have push-back from the community because we would encourage the height, we’ve encouraged the zoning relief, we’ve supported the zoning relief and we’ve successfully gotten the Zoning Commission and the Board of Zoning Adjustment to ignore the recommendations of the Office of Planning on parking,” Padro replied.

Another suggestion from the commission was that the developers negotiate with City Market at O or with those behind the planned 8th and O project to make additional parking spaces available to their buyers.

Ultimately, the commission voted 6-0 with one abstention to request that HPRB delay consideration of the project until the development team is able to return to the ANC with some sort of compromise or solution on parking.

In 2015, the same site, under different ownership, was poised to be developed as a 22-unit condominium project.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/anc_6e_requests_parking_compromise_from_developer_planning_30-unit_condo_in/12161

4 Comments

  1. LionOfLeDroit said at 9:21 pm on Wednesday February 8, 2017:
    Given the location and (combined) lot size, would be a better development if retail was incorporated on the ground floor. More foot traffic = more vibrant neighborhood = safer streets. Missed opportunity.
  1. Jay said at 9:28 pm on Wednesday February 8, 2017:
    Agreed. That block is kind of dead. LIke the design though.
  1. Lisa said at 1:33 am on Thursday February 9, 2017:
    I disagree about the retail/commercial elements. Some blocks don't need to be lively destinations. This is the perfect place to put a residential only building. A quiet side street close to shopping. I like this building very much; it's much better than the previous one by the other developer.
  1. preconstruction musings said at 3:24 pm on Friday February 10, 2017:
    So to get this straight. The developer presented a building that fits within all of the regulations (by-right) and the ANC would prefer that they spend a lot more money and time to go through a PUD process...so that they can add more parking...because they are putting the building on an existing parking lot... a block from the metro? Oh, ok makes sense.

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