Family-Sized Flats On The Boards For Columbia Heights

by UrbanTurf Staff

Family-Sized Flats On The Boards For Columbia Heights: Figure 1
Rendering of 2800 Sherman Avenue NW.

A new residential development is on the boards for Columbia Heights and it will cater to the sector of homebuyers out there that have been clamoring for larger residential units in the city.

Capital City Real Estate is planning to build eleven, “two-family flats” at 2800 Sherman Avenue NW. Unlike the usual mix of units in new residential projects in the city, this development will have solely two and three-bedroom units, ranging in size from about 1,200 square feet to almost 1,500 square feet. Fifteen off-street parking spaces will be provided.

Family-Sized Flats On The Boards For Columbia Heights: Figure 2

The development, designed by McGraw Bagnoli Architects, will be located on the northwest corner of Sherman Avenue and Girard Street NW in Columbia Heights on the site of Foote’s Plumbing and Heating.

2800 Sherman Avenue NW

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1 Comment

  1. skidrowedc@gmail.com said at 11:38 pm on Tuesday August 25, 2015:
    This site is in an R-4 zone district, which allows maximum 2 units per building. Presumably the developers are slicing up the site for the maximum number of buildings, and the buildings are approximately as large as they can be based on limitations on height, stories, and lot occupancy. Voila!--larger units. Which does fill a need, but the derivation is not developer beneficence. It's the standard developer practice of gaming the zoning restrictions for maximum gain. (Which is perfectly respectable and understandable -- but rarely generous.) Sherman Avenue is so sad, these certainly won't worsen it. But the level of improvement ain't so high either. It would be better to keep & restore the one building existing on the site--the decent if unexceptional commercial rowhouse on the corner--breaking up the overstuffed boxy massing of the new. Maybe the presence of a more finely-crafted older building would actually increase the value of the other 10 "two-family flats," offsetting the relatively small loss of sellable square feet. Something to consider, Capital City Real Estate.

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