Development of 3701 New Hampshire Avenue to be Decided on December 8th
(Board of Zoning Adjustment hearing considering testimony on 3701 New Hampshire Avenue, NW)
Yesterday, the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) heard the case related to the development and related variance requests planned to replace the Sweet Mango Cafe building at 3701 New Hampshire Avenue. After a two hour hearing (watch here), the BZA scheduled a decision date for December 8th and asked the developers to file documents related to the following areas in response to some of the testimony and concerns expressed at the hearing:
- The 21-unit building is planned to have three affordable units, two at 80% AMI and one at 50% AMI. The BZA requested documentation speaking to the desire by some residents for deeper affordability of the units;
- The BZA requested more financial data to justify why a 21-unit building was necessary on this site. The implication was that the number of units translates into the number of parking spaces being sought in the variance request;
- Responses to Exhibit 32 were specifically sought, in which concerns about the future of the Chuck Brown mural, affordability, hiring local labor, and commitment to local businesses were requested;
- There was a statement that the developers consider the possibility of having no RPP available for the building; and,
- The BZA wanted to see a plan for the mural.
In addition to residents opposing the development due to concerns related to parking, the Park View United Neighborhood Coalition took a position to oppose the variance request unless the building was denied participation in the RPP program and ANC 4C was split on the issue by supporting the area variance request and opposing the parking variance.
ANC 1A voted to support both variance requests which were also supported by the Office of Planning. The Department of Transportation largely supported the variances with the suggestion that the off-site parking spaces not be free to residents of the new building, but rather that residents pay for the spaces which would discourage car ownership.Explore posts in the same categories: Architecture, Development, Housing, Retail comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.