The project to convert the old industrial laundry plant is progressing well. As you can see from the photos below, the foundation is being poured and the forms are starting to go in for the first floor. To see photos from February showing the excavation work, go here.
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After four years, it appears that the development proposed for the vacant lot on the north side of the 400 block of Newton Place will be moving forward. This is due to the property changing hands with the new owner wanting to move forward with the plans that were approved in March 2013.
I first posted about this project back in January 2013, at which time I outlined how the plans were for three 2-unit buildings that each would have one off-street parking space behind them. The development was by-right with the exception of one zoning variance. That variance that was request was to subdivide the lot for three buildings that were approximately 16.66 feet in with. The minimum width proscribed by zoning was 18 feet, or about 1.33 feet greater than what was being requested.
ANC 1A voted to support the project followed by approval by the Board of Zoning Adjustment (which met on March 26, 2013). According to the the plans, each living unit is configured to consist of two floors and contain three bedrooms and three bathrooms.
- The Park Morton and Bruce Monroe PUD process and status to date;
- Receive an update from the Park Morton Relocation and Re-occupancy sub-committee; and,
- The upcoming Bruce Monroe park planning process.
The Zoning Commission held a Public Meeting of March 13, 2017 for Final Action in both Zoning Commission Case No. 16-11 and No. 16-12. Those public meetings are available for viewing here.
The project to redevelop the old church at 625 Park Road, the surface parking lot, and the rowhouse at 633 Park Road appears to be moving again. While work appeared to stall in mid-February, by the end of the month new fencing went up and over the past week the rowhouse at 633 has been razed. 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 property with the house razed.
Thus far, my review of the development that is turning the old Alsco/Linens of the Week plant into new housing for the area has been from the front of the buildings on Lamont Street. Taking advice from a friend that past weekend, I checked out the development from the alley. Below are some photos showing the significant progress they’ve made so far.
The District’s efforts to find a developer for the former Hebrew Home for the Aged at 1125 Spring Road are making progress. Two public meetings were held to solicit community input through the OurRFP process, one on April 9, 2016, and a follow up meeting on June 2, 2016. Following these meetings, the RFP was issued July 1, 2016.
The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) received nine proposals from the following development teams in response to the RFP:
- Borger Management and Spectrum Management
- Gilbane Development Company and NHT-Enterprise
- Duball and Bundy Development Corp.
- Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) and NVR
- Telesis Corp.
- Mission First, UrbanMatters Development and Lock7 Development
- NHP Foundation, Fivesquares Development, and Warrenton Group
- Victory Housing and Brinshore Development
- Bozzuto Homes and The Menkiti Group
The next step in the process will be for DMPED to coordinate with ANCs 1A and 4C, and the community, to review the concepts and garner comments on which proposals are considered most promising. This could happen withing the next few weeks with the ANCs considering formal positions at their March meetings.
On Monday evening January 30th, the Zoning Commission voted unanimously in support of both Zoning Cases related to the redevelopment of Park Morton (cases 16-11 and 16-12 (watch video of meetings here)). The National Capitol Planning Commission (NCPC) will now have 30 days to review and comment on the Planned Unit Development package, and following the NCPC the projects will go back to the Zoning Commission for final action. This is expected to occur in early March.
The projects the Commissioners approved on January 30th incorporate some revisions and clarifications that were a result of the hearings held on December 5th and 8th. Two of the more important changes for the Bruce Monroe site were:
- Revised architectural design motif for the townhomes to better integrate them into the existing architectural context. The revised design elements include revised materials and materials palatte that incorporate a warmer color scheme; further defined brick detailing that includes brick banding and brick soldier courses; revised window mullion design that creates windows of a vertical proportion for a more residential character; and revised window panel material to brick with banding; and,
- Prior to the issuance of a Building Permit for the multi-family building, the Applicant shall demonstrate to the Zoning Administrator that DMPED will convey the PUD Site to Park View Community Partners pursuant to a 99 year ground lease. The ground lease will contain a provision wherein DMPED agrees that a minimum of 44,000 square feet of land area in Square 2890 identified as a public park shown on Sheet G10 of the Architectural Plans and Elevations, dated January 9, 2017, will only be used for park and recreation uses for the term of the ground lease. The Applicant shall have the right to use a portion of the park area as a temporary staging area during construction of the Project.
The changes listed above addressed the concern that the land set aside for the park will actually be improved as a park, and the concern by the Commission that the color of brick originally chosen didn’t compliment the existing neighborhood well and would be difficult to keep clean.
Below are renderings showing the new (approved) brick color for the buildings to be built at the Bruce Monroe site compared to the original proposal.
(Renderings showing approved (above) and original (below) brick choices for the buildings designed for the Bruce Monroe site.)