A rendering of the townhouses in the redevelopment of the Buchanan School.
The Board of Zoning Adjustment gave the final nod to a proposal to redevelop an old Capitol Hill school into a condo and townhouse project on Tuesday morning.
Insight Property Group and Federal Capital Partners have plans to redevelop the Buchanan School at at 1325 D Street SE (map) into a project with approximately 70 condos and rowhouses. The development team sought variances from lot occupancy and width requirements, and the limitation on the number of principal buildings allowed on the site so that the team could construct 34 of the rowhouses. The remaining residences can be constructed by right.
“I think this is generally a good project,” said Commissioner Robert Miller, who focused on the project’s landscaping and public walkways in Tuesday’s discussion. He seconded Chairperson Lloyd J. Jordan’s motion to approve the project’s variances.
The development will have a focus on pedestrian use.
Most of the planned residences will have three or four bedrooms, and developers said in their statement that they’re hoping to assist with the increased demand for family-friendly and larger units in the city. They also said they intend to design the homes with a focus on the existing facades to ensure the new residences blend in with the neighborhood. Maurice Walters Architects, SK&I Architects and Quinn Evans Architects are the architects for the project.
An overhead look at the proposed project shows alleyways and how the buildings are spaced.
The site will feature parking as well. A drive leads into the “complex” and branches off into alleys that then leads to homes with tuck-under parking. There will also be a walkway dubbed Buchanan Walk that will snake through the complex and connect to nearby streets.
Another rendering of the proposed development.
This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/board_approves_variances_for_school-to-condos_development/10145
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