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More Details on Development Planned for 638 & 640 Newton Place

August 14, 2017

Last week I shared that development is headed for one of the vacant lots on the 600 block of Newton Place. I now have more information and drawings for 638 and 640 Newton Place NW.  There will be a total of four townhouses with two fronting Newton Place and two fronting a 35 foot deep courtyard in the rear.

Each home is planned to be 2,050 SF on three levels with three and a half bathrooms. Each will have either three bedrooms and family room or four bedrooms. Each house will also have a large roof top deck on the rear of the third floor. Each house will also come  with a parking space.

Below are drawings showing the front and rear of the structures that will front Newton Place.

(638 and 640 Newton Place showing Newton Place elevations.)

(638 and 640 Newton Place showing elevations from the courtyard.)

Development Proposed for 435 Park Road

August 10, 2017

On August 10, 2017, I received notice that BZA application #19603 was filed for 435 Park Road, NW. A description of the property and the proposed use from the application follows:

The Property is located at 435 Park Road, N.W., and is located in the RF-1 zone district. The Property is currently a large corner lot measuring 4,119 square feet of land area. The Applicant intends to subdivide the lot into two smaller lots. The subject Property, 435 Park Road, N.W., will become an interior lot. In order to complete the proposed subdivision, the Applicant will be removing a large bay window on the east side of the Building facing Park Place. Abutting the Property to the west is a semi-detached dwelling. Abutting the Property to the south and east are Park Road and Park Place, respectively. Once the subdivision is complete, the Applicant intends to construct a new flat on 433 Park Road, N.W., which will abut the subject Property to the east. Abutting the Property’s rear yard, to the north, is a row dwelling. The Applicant is proposing to convert the existing Building from a single-family dwelling to a flat.

Based on my understanding of the case, the entire project as proposed would have been by-right if not for the removal of the bay window and the architectural cornice on the bay window. The removal of the architectural feature requires a special exception. The BZA hearing has not yet been scheduled.

(435 Park Road, NW. A new two two-unit flat is proposed to be located between the existing house and Park Place, NW.)

More Housing Coming to Newton Place

August 9, 2017

There has been a lot of focus on the 600 block of Newton Place lately, particularly related to deeply rooted issues that relate to public safety. Because of this I’m happy to share some good news. The vacant lot on the south side of Newton between the two apartment buildings recently broke ground with a plan to construct four rowhouses for a total of 4 new residential units. The configuration will be two structures in the front of the lot and two structures toward the rear of the lot.

I’ll share drawings of the development when I receive them. Below is a view of the lot looking north from the alley.

723 Morton Street to be Razed

August 3, 2017

723 Morton Street, NW

In February 2016, DCRA issued a raze order for 723 Morton Street noting that the structure was unsafe to inhabit and a danger to public safety. Shortly thereafter, the owners filed a case with the Office of Administrative Hearings and secured a Temporary Restraining Order from the D.C. Superior Court which forbidding DCRA from razing the structure.

In mid-July, the D.C. Superior Court lifted the Stay on the Order to Raze the Structure at 723 Morton Street, N.W. clearing the way for the structure to be razed. Neighbors may have noticed some activity on the site as the preparation for razing the structure has begun.

The property has been a source of concern among neighbors for roughly a decade. The building was constructed as a new eight-unit apartment building without permits for anything beyond a foundation — and does not conform to the RF-1 zone within which it is located. It also exceeds its allowable height. Mayor Fenty, during one of his walks through the neighborhood ordered the building razed during his administration, however DCRA at that time decided to work with the property owner to “bring the property into compliance.” For this to happen, the building would have to be converted into a two-unit building.

During the ensuing years, work has progressed on the building off and on, with additional stop work orders and concerns about the structure’s impact on the neighbors. There was also continued concern that the building would not end up as two units, but rather as an 8-unit apartment building without going through the required community and zoning processes.

With DCRA getting the green light to raze the  structure, it seems that this longstanding issue may be coming to an end.

 

Checking on Progress of Park Road Church Project

July 31, 2017

The project to redevelop the old church at 625 Park Road, the surface parking lot, and the rowhouse at 633 Park Road is making good progress. Work began in earnest in January 2017 following approval from the Board of Zoning Adjustment in July 2014.

The approved plans are for new construction connected to the historic church to create 38 new housing units in the neighborhood.

Below are views of the construction in progress.

ANCs Recommend Victory Housing as Top Pick for Hebrew Home Development

July 17, 2017

(Early rendering showing one potential design by Victory Housing.)

On July 12, at separate meetings, both Advisory Neighborhood Commissions 4C and 1A recommended Victory Housing & Brinshore Development as their primary choice for the development team to redevelop the former Hebrew Home property at 1125 Spring Road into a mixed income/multi-generational community. The two Commissions differed on their second choices.

Both Commissions felt that the Victory Housing proposal “meets the shared community priority of providing 88 units of dedicated, affordable senior housing in the former Hebrew Home. It also provides the largest number of affordable, family-sized units of any of the proposals as well with 29 three-bedroom rental units. In addition, it proposes home ownership opportunities along Spring Road NW. It also provides 75 underground parking spaces, with approximately 1.8 parking spaces for each 3 units of non-senior housing.”

The Commissions’ recommendations will be sent to the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), where the final decision on selecting a development team will be determined.

The Commissions differed on their second choices. ANC4C’s second choice was the NHP Foundation, Fivesquares Development, and Warrenton Group. ANC 1A’s second choice, on the other hand, was the Bozzuto Homes proposal. ANC 1A further selected the Mission First proposal as its third choice. (read ANC 1A resolution at goo.gl/RChVH3 ).

DMPED is expected to select a development team prior to the July 27, 2017 public meeting scheduled to present the District’s intent to declare the Hebrew Home surplus. The meeting’s purpose is to receive comments on the proposed designation of 1125 Spring Road, NW, as surplus property. The surplus meeting is held in order to receive feedback from the community on the District’s finding that the property is no longer required for public purposes. Comments collected at the public meeting will be submitted to the Council of the District of Columbia for its review.

The date, time, and location of the surplus meeting is below:

Date: Thursday, July 27, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Location: Raymond Recreation Center
3725 10th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010

Park Morton Development Plan for Bruce Monroe Site Draws Appeals

June 9, 2017

Four separate, but nearly identical, petitions to review the Zoning Commission’s Board Order to redevelop the Bruce Monroe site for the Park Morton project were filed with the District of Columbia Court of Appeals on May 30, 2017. The petitions were filed by residents living close to the site, and ask the Court to “begin the briefing that will show how [the] final decision [of Zoning Case 16-11] is not in line with applicable DC Code, DC Zoning Regulations, the DC Comprehensive Plan, and the law to [the filer’s] concrete detriment.”

Based on some of the testimony given before the DC Council during the surplus and disposition process and before the Zoning Commission, these appeals were not unexpected. Presuming the Court of Appeals reaffirms the Park Morton effort when they review the petitions, and taking into account the current timeline for appeals before the Court, the appeals will result in either no delay in breaking ground or a delay of 1-3 months. The project and development team are continuing to work on plans with a Summer 2017 start date in mind.

(Design for the Park Morton apartment building at the Bruce Monroe site.)


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