A rendering of the planned Delaware Avenue emergency shelter
While a planned replacement homeless shelter in Ward 3 faces community opposition, another in Southwest strikes UrbanTurf as an architecturally-impactful enhancement to the neighborhood.
Plans were filed this morning with the Board of Zoning Adjustment for a family shelter at 850 Delaware Avenue SW (map). The Unity Health Care center currently on the site would be razed to make way for a 50-unit emergency shelter; a nearly 8,000 square-foot healthcare center would return to the ground and cellar floors upon completion.
The shelter as seen from I Street SW
The seven-story building, designed by Studio 27 Architecture and Leo A. Daly, will contain 2-4 bed units and amenities such as outdoor play areas on floors two through seven. A surface lot would also provide parking for 13 vehicles.
The aesthetically-harmonious Randall School planned-unit development is also in the works for the adjacent site.
Located in Ward 6, this shelter is part of Mayor Bowser’s plan to replace the oversized and inadequate DC General shelter with smaller properties in seven of the city’s wards.
This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/plans_filed_for_a_shelter_that_looks_like_anything_but/12018.
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