Minor Neighborhood Development News
I wanted to introduce two projects that I’ve only learned about through residents who live near them. Both appear to be completely by-right, so there will not be an opportunity for ANC 1A to review them and the Commission has not received any notification or details. Still, I believe both of them will have a significant impact on the area. In both instances, there has been some concern to a greater or lesser extent about how they may impact the architectural character of the community. At this time, the only real tool available to residents concerned about the neighborhood’s historic character would be to pursue a historic district — which hasn’t been something widely supported in the past. Still, I’d be happy to pull together information on that should readers want to know the pros and cons of that process.
The first development is at 3612-3614 Park Place. Readers may recall that these properties went through the Board of Zoning Adjustment process last year seeking relief for a six-unit condo building. Ultimately, the relief for the sixth unit was denied by the BZA. According to the sign out front, the current project is by Global Street Real Estate. Its been relayed to me that their plan is to build a five-unit condo building and keep the facades of the buildings.
The other property is 3542 Warder Street, NW. It is currently a free standing house. It changed owners in August 2013 for $1.3 million. Currently there is a building permit application # B1405325, which was applied for on March 27, 2014, and is pending, to convert the existing single family structure into a 12 unit multi-family building. It has been described to me that it will be a “modern-styled” structure. Where this conversion is particularly sad is that the property owner can build up to the property line on the north — which abuts a row dwelling that has seven windows facing the south. Even though those windows have been on the side of the row dwelling since it was built in 1916 (98 years), DCRA considers them to be at risk — meaning that the new construction to the south can be built directly in front of them. The property in question is below.
(3542 Warder Street, NW)
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