Buzzard Point Planned Residential Project Takes Anti-Flood Measures

by Nena Perry-Brown

Buzzard Point Planned Residential Project Takes Anti-Flood Measures: Figure 1

Newer rendering for Peninsula 88 as viewed from the northwest

Last year, the development team behind Peninsula 88, a 110-unit condo development planned for Buzzard Point, was granted approval for modifications to the project based on the conditions of the market. Now, Capital City Real Estate has modifications to the project that might be dictated by rising sea levels. 

The requested modifications stem from the Department of Energy and the Environment's determination that the development, located at the corner of First and V Streets SW (map) should raise its flood protections from a level to withstand a 100-year flood to one that will withstand a 500-year flood.

Buzzard Point Planned Residential Project Takes Anti-Flood Measures: Figure 2
Previous rendering for Peninsula 88 as viewed from the northwest

In accordance with the upgraded flood protection standards, the height of the flood wall along the rear of the building has been raised from 12.6 feet to 14.27 feet. Additionally, the floor of the ground-floor residences has been raised by 19 inches. The building also will have a 5'4"-tall passive flood gate at the rear corner at First Street and manual flood barriers on either side of the retail space at the corner of First and V Streets.

Buzzard Point Planned Residential Project Takes Anti-Flood Measures: Figure 3
Newer rendering for Peninsula 88 as viewed from the southwest
Buzzard Point Planned Residential Project Takes Anti-Flood Measures: Figure 4

Previous rendering for Peninsula 88 as viewed from the southwest

A landscape buffer has been added between the sidewalk and the slab the building sits on and some seating has been removed from the building's perimeter. The developer has also agreed to improve the sidewalks along First Street with new brick pavers.

Buzzard Point Planned Residential Project Takes Anti-Flood Measures: Figure 5
Newer rendering of the building's entrance
Buzzard Point Planned Residential Project Takes Anti-Flood Measures: Figure 6
Previous rendering of the building's entrance

The articulation of the building as designed by Eric Colbert and Associates has also been somewhat simplified and made less curvilinear. The metal fins will be rectangular instead of curved and have also been eliminated from the northwest tower. The wood-grain panels along the facade will also be flat instead of curved.

Currently in the excavation phase, the development will deliver an 8-story building with 110 condominiums and two levels of underground parking. A zoning hearing has not yet been scheduled; the developers expect to begin selling units in the spring.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/more-flood-measures-for-peninsula-88/13447

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