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Zoning Change Would Make Way for a Mixed-Use Project at Penn Branch Shopping Center

by Nena Perry-Brown

Zoning Change Would Make Way for a Mixed-Use Project at Penn Branch Shopping Center: Figure 1
Penn Branch Shopping Center

Last fall, the Washington Business Journal reported that Jair Lynch had purchased the Penn Branch Shopping Center at 3200 Pennsylvania Avenue SE (map). Now, a new zoning application suggests that the company is looking to move forward with a mixed-use redevelopment for the site.

Currently, the shopping center is a one- to two-story commercial building with 16,000 square feet of office space, 28,000 square feet of retail and a surface parking lot with 85 spaces. The application for a zoning map amendment would rezone the 3.57 acres at Pennsylvania and Branch Avenues from MU-3 and R-1-B to MU-4, allowing for moderate-density development with a maximum height of 50 feet.

Zoning Change Would Make Way for a Mixed-Use Project at Penn Branch Shopping Center: Figure 2
A rendering of Penn Hill

While specifics of the plans for the site are not known at this time, Rappaport Companies developed a leasing flyer last fall suggesting that the development would be dubbed “The Shops at Penn Hill” and would construct a new building behind an expanded version of the existing center with a total of 348 parking spaces.

Zoning Change Would Make Way for a Mixed-Use Project at Penn Branch Shopping Center: Figure 3
A potential aerial rendering of Penn Hill

An additional 35,000 square feet of retail would be appended to the existing center on the site at the corner of Branch Avenue and Q Place SE, a new street that would be created behind the building. There would also be 52 new covered parking spaces serving the Q Place retail.

The newly-constructed building would contain a 22,000 square-foot grocery store on the opposite corner, 22,000 square feet of office space, and 100-150 units of senior housing. Two underground levels would deliver 105, 22 and 148 parking spaces respectively for each new use.

Zoning Change Would Make Way for a Mixed-Use Project at Penn Branch Shopping Center: Figure 4
A rendering of the Q Place corner retail

The development team has been meeting with the community and the ANC since the purchase last fall; a community open house is also scheduled for June 10th.

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