Two Modular Homes Go Up on DC’s Richardson Place

by Lark Turner

Two Modular Homes Go Up on DC's Richardson Place: Figure 1
A piece of a home en route to Richardson Place. Photo by Shilpi Paul

It is not often that pre-built sections of new homes are seen cruising down DC streets, but that is just what occurred last week.

Two modular homes are going up on Richardson Place, a tiny street tucked away near 4th and R Street NW, and photos show portions of the homes being delivered to the site and later installed in pre-built sections.

The properties at 410-412 Richardson Place NW (map) are owned by Wilbur Mondie. Each has two units: A main residence that can have eight bedrooms and a three-bedroom basement unit. They should be completed in roughly two months.

Two Modular Homes Go Up on DC's Richardson Place: Figure 2
The modular houses are assembled on Richardson Place. Photo by Shilpi Paul

Mondie wouldn’t comment on the home’s modular construction. Past efforts to develop the property into more units failed when the Board of Zoning Adjustment rejected the project’s application and he withdrew it. Mondie has instead built a by-right development, according to people familiar with the project.

Two Modular Homes Go Up on DC's Richardson Place: Figure 3

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  1. Mike_in_SW said at 10:03 pm on Thursday August 21, 2014:
    Eight bedrooms street level and 3 in the basement? "By-right development?" Can you elaborate?
  1. Lark Turner said at 5:30 am on Friday August 22, 2014:
    Hi Mike, Thanks for your comments. Here's a more thorough explanation. There are two homes. Each has a three-story main house that can be built out with up to eight bedrooms and a three-bedroom basement unit. A by-right development is a project that can be built without getting approval from the District's Board of Zoning Adjustment or Historic Preservation Review Board.
  1. Graham Pruitt said at 7:13 pm on Friday August 22, 2014:
    WOW. You learn something new every day. 8 bedrooms main unit and 3 bedrooms downstairs unit... Seems like a mini hotel rather than a two-unit house.
  1. Group of interest said at 5:00 pm on Monday August 25, 2014:
    Based on the facts and information known by the public, these are not modular homes. It is believed, that the property owner/developer, Mr. Wilbur Mondie, Realty Specialist at the Department of Veteran Affairs, and for 8 years now, has tried to develop the property as an apartment complex. The neighborhood, the ANC, the DCRA and the BZA all worked in concert to thwart the developer, petition and prevent him in his attempts to over build, increase number of units, or raise the height of development based on the restrictions proscribed in DC zoning rules for Zone R-4 areas. Today, as time passed, and the personnel rotated within DC offices, it appears, the developer seized this opportunity to misrepresent the neighborhood and the public, to conceal development plans, and to push forth his original project agenda. Are these, as well as numerous other displays of disregard for DC neighborhoods by Mr. Mondie, a public servant, to be considered as a matter of "right" of development even legal?

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