No Parking: Zoning Commission Approves The Bond at Tenley

by Shilpi Paul

No Parking: Zoning Commission Approves The Bond at Tenley: Figure 1
Rendering courtesy of Shalom Baranes.

The Zoning Commission unanimously supported plans for a 60-unit residential project with ground floor retail on Monday night, according to a tweet from Ward3Vision.

The Bond at Tenley, which will be developed on the space formerly occupied by Babe’s Billiards at 4600 Wisconsin Avenue NW (map), is particularly notable because the developers are not building any parking with the development. As we reported last year, developer Douglas Development aimed to mitigate neighborhood residents’ fears by arranging for rental parking at a nearby garage with empty spaces, as well as set up those who moved into the building with a one-year subscription to Capital Bikeshare and Zipcar, and a $50 Metro card.

While Douglas needed to go through a series of approvals (culminating in the zoning go-ahead last night) in order to get permission to skip parking, the proposed changes to the zoning code could make buildings without parking more likely in the future. According to the current plan, several neighborhoods will no longer require a minimum number of parking spaces with each new development.

The idea behind taking away parking minimums is that without them, the market can decide how much parking is necessary. Developers will still be free to build spaces if they seem necessary, but will keep from spending money to create parking spaces that will go unused.

For The Bond at Tenley, Douglas is creating a five-story addition on the building that used to be Babe’s home, and unit sizes will range from junior one-bedrooms to two-bedrooms. They are aiming to develop the building to LEED silver specifications, with a vegetated roof and a stormwater management system.

Douglas Development’s Paul Millstein told UrbanTurf that they hope to file for permits within 5 months and start construction in about 10 months.

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  1. J Favreu said at 5:31 pm on Tuesday January 15, 2013:
    I heard there was 1 parking spot for the commercial level?
  1. zcf said at 11:20 pm on Tuesday January 15, 2013:
    some obvious questions - How would that even work?? Will the DC DMV give you a special registration that says you can't park your car in your own neighborhood?? Would the DC DMV cross-check your driver's license against a list of addresses not allowed to have parking?? And what the heck.. what about residents' visitors?? If they drive in, they have to park somewhere. There is no way that something like this won't impact current residents. (and FWIW.. I don't live in that neighborhood. but if a developer were to build in my neighborhood and get away with not having to put parking where other developers will have to, that would make me angry) sorry, this makes no sense.
  1. cd said at 3:01 am on Wednesday January 16, 2013:
    How does this impact the talk about the apt. bldg. they plan for the lot on Conn. and Military? I heard there wasn't going to be parking in the building.
  1. CF said at 5:39 pm on Wednesday January 16, 2013:
    There are plenty of underutilized lots in the area for residents and commercial street parking for visitors. While it may appear to 'make no sense' at first glande, most of the renters will be using public transit and not cars. If nothing else it shows the broader shift towards urban mixed use developments served by metro, bus, and bikes - not cars. Get with the times Ward 3: the outskirts of your neighborhood are changing demographically and have development potential that will improve the region without infringing on your car dependent SFR lifestyle! I'm from Arlington and the same thing happened in the late 90s while I was in HS...but unlike community activists and leaders in Chevy Chase and Tenley, Arlington residents and Board members embraced the shift and welcomed the increased amenities and demographic shift that increased out tax base, population, an diversity while remaining concentrated within a specific transit zone corridor. You'll live, I promise!
  1. hmmm said at 6:05 pm on Wednesday January 16, 2013:
    to CF - last time I checked, most residential buildings in Arlington had plenty of parking. Similarly there's (cheap) garage parking attached to most commercial buildings. I think the DC government is being retarded and short sighted giving these SPECIFIC developers a pass.

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