While courtyards are nothing new for multi-family developments, and have even been employed in pop-back rowhouse-conversion projects, a rowhouse conversion in DC is including a first of sorts for this type of development: a small private park.
A developer has filed a zoning application seeking relief to subdivide the lot spanning 1511-1515 A Street NE (map) and construct a trio of attached flats. Each attached two- or three-story flat will contain two units and will have access to a small rear yard shared by the two units.
Green walls will lend privacy to these areas, separating them from a shared green space surrounded by grass infill and brick pavers. This area will be adjacent to six surface parking spaces accessible by mechanized wood-paneled rolltop garage doors, and will be accessible to all future residents. Ram Design is the architect.
There were plans and building permits issued for an 18-unit apartment project on the site in 2013, but the project ran into community opposition. A zoning hearing has not yet been scheduled.
This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/the-new-rowhouse-amenity-a-shared-park/14667
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