Archive for the ‘Housing’ category

More Affordable Senior Housing Being Planned for Columbia Heights

August 27, 2018

(The Samuel J. Simmons NCBA Estates at 14th and Harvard St., NW)

Last week, ANC1A Commissioners Margaret Hundley and Kent Boese were invited to a meeting with National Caucus & Center on Black Aging, Inc. (NCBA) leadership about plans to expand the Samuel J. Simmons NCBA Estates property located at 14th Street between Harvard Street and Girard Street, NW. NCBA is an organization dedicated to the physical, economic, social and financial wellbeing of low-income African American senior citizens.

The Simmons Estates property currently provides 175 units of housing for seniors. The purpose of the meeting was to inform ANC1A about their plans to expand their Columbia Heights facility and request that the Commission provide a letter of support — which ANC1A will consider at their September 12th meeting.

Based on the information that NCBA shared, I’m very existed about this development. While there are still many details currently being worked out, here is the high level overview of the project proposal:

  • The new construction would be entirely by-right and compliant with zoning;
  • The project would create approximately 159 new units of housing for seniors at no more than 60% AMI;
  • The project would eliminate the surface parking lot currently behind the building, and replace it with approximately 81 spaces of underground parking on two levels; and,
  • There is a possibility that the new building could include approximately 5,000 sq. ft. of retail space at the corner of 14th and Harvard as well at NCBA’s main office.

It is too early to tell what the new building might look like, but NCBA provided the following drawings that help give a sense of the siting, massing, and relationship of the new building with the existing apartment building.

(The new building would be constructed along Harvard Street and behind the current apartment building. It would also create a green courtyard between the current building and the new building.)

(This drawing shows the location and massing of the proposed building along with its connection to the existing apartment tower.)

(One interesting feature of the proposed building is that in order to provide an entrance to the underground parking, DDOT will need to reopen the closed alley on Girard Street. Not only does this make the need for a new curb cut unnecessary, it will improve city services such as trash collection for all residents on the block.)

New 26-Unit Development Proposed for 11th and Park Rd., NW

August 21, 2018

(Rendering from BZA Application)

A new zoning case (BZA 19862) was just filed that proposes to combine the four separate lots surrounding Red Rock Pizza in Columbia Heights and replace the existing rowhouses with a new four-story, 26-unit apartment building. The height of the Project will rise to no greater than 50 feet as permitted in the MU-4 Zone.

According to the application:

“The Applicant proposes to create a residential entry at the front of the building along 11th Street NW. Two bays will project four feet into public space along 11th Street NW on each of the four floors. Five units are proposed to be located in the cellar level, five units on the first floor, six units on the second and third floors, and four units on the fourth floor. The penthouse will contain the upper levels of the fourth-floor units. In the rear, another residential entry point is proposed which can be accessed via the pipestem portion of the Property leading from the alley.”

The applicant will be seeking relief from the four parking spaces required by zoning. The reasoning behind this request is that the four properties in question currently to not have off-street parking or access to the alley in the middle of the block. Furthermore, due to the close proximity to the intersection of 11th and Park Rd., DDOT will likely not grant a curb-cut for off-street parking.

In thinking about transit close to this property, the 64, H8, and 63 bus lines all have stops across the street or on Sherman Avenue, there is a Capitol Bikeshare station at the intersection, and both the Columbia Heights and Georgia Avenue Metro rail stations are within a 10-15 min. walk.

Currently, this BZA case will likely be on the October ANC1A agenda, with a community meeting in late September.

More details can be found on the Zoning Website.

 

Development at 705 Irving Bringing More Housing to Neighborhood

August 7, 2018

The Lock7 Development project at 705 Irving Street, NW, is moving along quickly. In checking out their blog site the project is describe as featuring eight new units and, when completed, will feature six 1BR/1BA units and two 2BR/2.5BA units. You can see the rendering of the completed design below.

More Housing Coming to Georgia Avenue at Irving Street, NW

August 1, 2018

(The northeast corner of Georgia and Irving, NW)

According to permits issued on April 19, 2018, the property at the 3101 Georgia Avenue has been razed so that a new 8-unit multifamily building can be constructed on the site. The building will be just shy of 50 ft., which is the maximum by-right height allowed in the MU-4 zone. Other aspects of the project can be found in DCRA’s March 14, 2018 Determination Letter (read here).

Below is a rendering of the new building, and the full plan set is available here.

(Rending of new building designed for 3101 Georgia Ave., NW)

3110-3112 Georgia Avenue Finally Taking Shape

July 24, 2018

The new development at 3110-3112 Georgia Avenue has been slow going, but it finally appears to be taking shape I first noted it in August 2016 and saw demolition on the site in October 2017.

According to the building permits, the new building will be 4 stories plus a penthouse and a cellar with 16 apartments and a ground floor of commercial space. Below is the current state of the building. It is located just a few doors down from Colony Club.

Save the Date: Community Meeting on March 10th to Discuss 1125 Spring Rd. Benefits

February 23, 2018

Working drawing of 1125 Spring Road proposal.

ANC 1A and ANC 4C will be hosting a joint meeting on Saturday, March 10 at Raymond Recreation in the large upstairs meeting room from 1:30-3:30 pm on the Community Benefits Agreement for 1125 Spring Road NW (the redevelopment of the former Hebrew Home and Robeson School site).

During this meeting, we will discuss the various community benefits that have been brought up during past community conversations (including the 3 meetings hosted by the development team in December and January 2018) AND any new ideas in order to get residents’ and other stakeholders’ input on what the final version of community benefits will be proposed to the development team. Please keep in mind that certain key components of the development itself (# of housing units, # parking spaces on site, etc.) cannot be altered through this process. Rather this process is about additional community benefits that we will ask the development team to provide, including but not limited to, on-site community amenities such as park space or infrastructure improvements nearby.

 

Please note that the development team will be holding a separate meeting in late March/early, early April on the final draft community benefits agreement (drafted between the ANC’s and the Team) as well. The date and time of that meeting will be finalized and announced soon.

The goal of both of these meetings is to ensure that the community receives multiple opportunities to provide feedback before the ANC’s look to pass resolutions regarding the community benefits agreement(s) at our April 11th meetings.

If you have any ideas you’d like to share on community benefits prior to the meeting (or in addition to), please send those to either Commissioner Bennett Hilley (Petworth/Ward 4 area) or Commissioner Kent Boese (Columbia Heights/Ward 1 area).

Historic Preservation Review Board Approves Restoration Plans for Hebrew Home on Spring Road

January 26, 2018

At the January 25, 2018, Historic Preservation Review Board hearing, the Board approved the preservation plan for the renovation of the historic Hebrew Home building at 1125 Spring Road. The case was approved as part of the Board’s consent agenda. The hearing only focused on the overall plan for the historic structure, and not the proposed development east of the property as it does not encroach upon the historic site.

Site plan showing location of non-historic structures to be removed during renovations.

The renovation plan focused on exterior modifications. The primary exterior modifications include complete replacement of existing (non-historic) windows and doors. Aluminum-clad wood windows with simulated divided lights are proposed. The development team consulted historic photographs in order to propose new windows that match the original windows as closely as possible with respect to operation and lite patterns.

Restoration of the existing exterior masonry is also planned as part of the renovation. This will include cleaning and repair/repointing of the brick as necessary. As part of the renovation, a limited number of selective reductions of non-historic exterior elements is proposed including removal of a one-story brick shed on the west side, a one-story open carport structure on the north side, an existing two-story free-standing utility building on the north side and a one-story walkway canopy connecting to the existing adjacent Robeson School building to the east.
Two small additions were also proposed and approved. A one-story addition on the first floor within the existing interior courtyard (and not visible from the exterior) which will provide a multi-use amenity space for residents and a one-story addition on the fifth floor which will provide 2 apartments and a second means of egress from an existing amenity space overlooking Spring Road. This proposed roof addition is located on the east wing adjacent to the interior courtyard and is set back substantially from the east building face to minimize (or eliminate) its visual perception from the public right-of-way.

The existing open space along Spring Road between the Hebrew Home and the adjacent Jewish Social Services Agency building will be redeveloped to create a new pocket park accessible to the public. In keeping with the original character of this exterior space, the design will provide small passive-use spaces with minimal plantings. In order to provide access to the space from the Spring Road streetscape, a new ADA ramp and access stair will be constructed in public space. This will require minor modifications to the existing brick retaining wall at the back of the existing sidewalk.

Below are some renderings filed with the HPRB case.

(Plan showing park area with notations showing improvements.)

(Plan showing location of new additions.)

(Perspective from the southeast (front), identifying location of rooftop addition.)

(Perspective from northwest (rear), identifying location of rooftop addition.)


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