Battle Contines Over 1511 A St. NE

ANC 6A Oppose the Permit Appeal for an 18-Unit Complex

1511 A St. NE.

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6A voted unanimously  at its May meeting to send a letter to Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) opposing the appeal of the owners of 1511 A St. NE (BZA #19505) . The appeal is regarding the rejection of their permits to create an 18-unit apartment building in a residential neighborhood.

ANC 6A and community members continue to spearhead long-running litigation before the BZA to fix an incorrect "C-2-A" commercial zoning determination that had been applied to "RF-1 or R-4" residential property at this address. The mistaken zoning could allow construction of a five-story, 18 unit, 50-foot tall apartment building on a site now occupied by a single family home. ANC 6A is also an appellant in a related case (#19412).

DC's Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) admitted in March that it had provided the wrong permit to the building. But the case still must go before the BZA.

(Here's the Hill Rag's coverage of the issue.)

Both matters are scheduled for a June 7 hearing at BZA.

A community member also announced that the Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS) had opened a fund to support the community's litigation costs for the property. Donations can be made by mail or online — with more details at www.CHRS.org.