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Plans for H Street’s R.L. Christian Library Move Forward

by Lark Turner

Plans for H Street's R.L. Christian Library Move Forward: Figure 1
The former library at 1300 H Street NE. Photo courtesy of NCinDC.

The plans for the R.L. Christian Library are finally moving forward.

Developers Fundrise, the H Street Community Development Corporation and Insight Property Group filed documents with the Board of Zoning Adjustment on Wednesday, indicating that the project is moving forward. The development team was selected in January 2013 after a request for proposals was put out by the DC government.

The design for the building has changed since it was originally proposed. The new sketches suggest a simplified facade.

Plans for H Street's R.L. Christian Library Move Forward: Figure 2

The developers plan a four-story mixed-use building with about 6,600 square feet of ground-floor retail and 36 residential units upstairs. The proposed building would be 55 feet tall.

Plans for H Street's R.L. Christian Library Move Forward: Figure 3

Only eight parking spaces, 22 less than the 30 required, would be provided for the retail and residential units onsite. The developers say the property is contaminated from a dry cleaners next door as well as a former coal yard and filling station formerly located on the north end of the building site. Because the groundwater is contaminated, the developers say they can only provide surface parking onsite. The filing also suggests the lot is too small for an underground garage.

Plans for H Street's R.L. Christian Library Move Forward: Figure 4
The design as originally proposed.

The developers will likely appear before the BZA in the next few months to present their plans for the project.

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