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Redevelopment Plans Filed For Park View’s Bruce Monroe Park

  • May 17, 2016

by Nena Perry-Brown

Redevelopment Plans Filed For Park View's Bruce Monroe Park: Figure 1
The view from the southeast corner of Georgia Avenue and Columbia Road.

The redevelopment of Bruce Monroe Park in DC’s Park View neighborhood has been watched with interest in recent years. Now, the development team led by Park View Community Partners (The Community Builders and Dantes Partners) and architect Torti Gallas Urban has filed an application with the Zoning Commission to deliver a mixed-use, mixed-income development to the site.

The approximately 77,531 square-foot site, wedged between Irving Street, Georgia Avenue, and Columbia Road NW (map), will be redeveloped with an 189-unit apartment building, a 76-unit senior citizen apartment building, and 8 three-bedroom townhomes.

A new park will be constructed immediately south of the project, which will include a playground, community space and garden, a basketball court, and a dog park. To help alleviate the increased density, a private street will be built between Irving Street and Columbia Road, also providing access to the 99 underground residential parking spaces and bike storage room.

Redevelopment Plans Filed For Park View's Bruce Monroe Park: Figure 2
The view from the northeast corner of Georgia Avenue and Irving Street.

The 189-unit apartment building will front Georgia Avenue and contain a community-serving amenity on the ground floor. Meanwhile, the entrance to the senior residences will be at the corner of Irving and the new private street. The new project will incorporate 94 off-site replacement public housing units for current residents of the Park Morton public housing complex and expedite the redevelopment of Park Morton itself.

Of the remaining units, 108 will be set aside for households earning up to 60 percent area median income and 71 will be market-rate.

All of the buildings will be LEED Gold-certified and will have a white and grey brick color scheme, differentiated by architectural styles. The apartment building will have large bay windows and glazing on the corner, while the senior building will be stepped down gradually along Irving Street. The townhouses will be similar to the rowhouses already prevalent in the surrounding neighborhood.

A lot of uproar has accompanied the planned redevelopment of the site, as neighboring residents have become accustomed to Bruce Monroe Community Park over the five years since its construction. As the Washington Post reported last year, while the site was always intended to be incorporated into the planned redevelopment of the Park Morton public housing complex, the prospect of losing a beloved (albeit temporary) public amenity doesn’t sit well with many in the area.

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/bruce_monroe_redevelopment_moves_forward_with_pud_application/11241

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