ANC 6E Report

Zoning Request Denied

Newton Street Development 3, LLC appeared before the ANC 6E Commission’s July meeting to request zoning relief to allow renovation to an existing building for residential use located at 1740 New Jersey Ave. NW. Due to long term vacancy the structure has had its challenges with water infiltrating over a foot into the building and roof damage. The current owner has proposed to develop the parcel into an eight-unit condominium. Floor plans propose a four story building with two residential units on each level. To help alleviate parking concerns the development group noted that a nearby condo unit has designated four parking spaces for potential tenants and metro and bike share discount cards will be made available to encourage occupants to use public transportation. Visitor parking will also be restricted to anyone who occupies the building. 

ANC 6E02 Commissioner Kevin Chapple said that area residents are against such a project that will produce dense residential occupancy to what used to be a single family home and that parking in the area is already horrendous. “I believe the property is too small of a footprint for that many residents,” said Chapple. Chapple also mentioned that parking granted by the nearby condo unit is a month-to-month lease and there is no guarantee that parking will still be available for potential tenants in the future. The commission voted in favor of not supporting the zoning request when taken before the city and encouraged the development group to continue to work with the community to resolve the parking issue and possibly down scale the project to four or six residential units. “This is a very unusual set of circumstances and the level of increased density that is represented by those eight units is a deal breaker,” said ANC 6E01 Chairman Alexander Padro. Representatives of Newton Street Development agreed to revise their plans and work with the commission and area residents. 

Parcel 23 Project

A short list of four developers presented their plans before the commission on their respective development projects on a parcel of land located at the Southwest corner of Eight and O St. NW. Plans for each group are as follows in alphabetical order:

1) ANR Companies: Project will enhance community and family look by having a retail operation on the O St. side and community outdoor space for events and public art on the Eighth St. portion. A parking deck of 90 spaces will be constructed and 25 will be dedicated to the Immaculate Conception Church located across the street.

2) Four Points Development: 172 residential unit project with 17 units being dedicated to affordable housing. There will be a parking deck with 135 spaces with 25 of them reserved for the church. There will be two floors of retail space totaling 20,000-square-feet. Retail space plans calls for a full service gym on the second floor a large room for community use that can also be used in partnership with the church.

3) Madison Investments: Plans call for a condominium unit with a two level parking garage with 59 spaces for residents and 25 for the church on the second level. The structure will house 71 condo units with 21 of them being a part of affordable housing. Retail space will be 8,400-square-feet with dining, bakery, and coffee shop options. There are also streetscape plans to highlight the retail portion. 

4) Roadside Development: Residential units will be constructed on the Eight St. side with commercial use on O St. Retail structures will emulate the existing neighborhood and residential plans will contain a set amount of affordable housing units. The commission voted to communicate support of the plan set forth by Four Points Development to the Deputy Mayors Office of Planning and Economic Development who will ultimately make the final decision on the Parcel 23 Project. 

Expression Of Interest

A representative from the Deputy Mayors Office was on hand to announce redevelopment plans for two parcels of land located at Second and H St. NW which is just north of Capitol Crossing. The city representative solicited feedback and comments from the commission to see what community needs are and what residents would like to see at this site. The “Expression Of Interest” period goes until the end of August at which point they will short list recommendations and issue a Request For Proposal to potential developers. The site is currently a gravel parking lot.

Shaw Crime Watch

DCPD Officials spoke before the commission and gave a monthly crime report for the area. Extra manpower has been deployed to increase presence in the area for the summer months. Auto and bicycle theft has risen since this time last year and an increased foot-beat should help decrease the problem. A majority of auto theft has been concentrated on vehicles with out of state plates and officials encourage residents with visitors to urge their guests to lock personal valuables in their trunk before arriving at their destination. Residents with bikes and scooters are strongly advised to lock them whenever unattended. 

Third Street Tunnel Update

Representatives from Property Group Partners were present to give details on the transportation impact of the Third Street Tunnel Construction Project located at the 200-300 blocks of Massachusetts Ave. NW. Construction will take up to 15 months and a water line and high voltage transmission line will have to be relocated in order to complete the project. Highway ramps and other structures will be shifted around but no traffic lanes will be lost. The plan is to construct a tunnel or portal that will run under Massachusetts Ave. and onto the highway. Visit www.thirdstreettunnel.com to see complete details on the project.

Other Topics

The commission granted a Request for Support for Modification of Planned Unit Development for City Market located at the 1500 block of Ninth St. NW by Roadside Development. Only technical changes will be made which will not be visible from the street. 

The Commission will be in recess for the month of August and will reconvene at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 2 at the Northwest One Library, located at 155 L St. NW. Visit www.anc6e.org to view the ANC 6E newsletter. Follow on Twitter, @ANC6E, and on Facebook by searching ANC6E.