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Fossils at Park View School

August 17, 2017

A while ago I found a website that explores fossils in the architecture of Washington, D.C. by Christopher Barr. The site is organized by geological periods and shows examples of fossils that are in stone used in local buildings. I was immediate drawn to the sections on Sacred Heart Church and the Unification Church on 16th Street.

But as I reviewed the site, I suspected that we would also have fossils in the limestone used at the Park View School — and after inspecting the school, my hunch was right. As near as I can tell, the limestone appears to be Indiana Limestone from the Mississippian period. Below are photos of some of the fossils I found at the school.

(An area of trace fossils or, more technically, “ichnofossils”. These are located on the north side of the entry doors on Warder Street.)

(The structures that resemble netting are typically fenestrate bryozoans.)

Development at Sherman and Lamont Nearing Completion

August 16, 2017

The development located at 3229 Sherman, just south of Lamont, appears to be nearing completion. Construction began in October 2016 and replaced an old wood-frame single family home that was built in 1890. The new structures should provide six new units of housing.

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.

 

DC Water Main Replacement Has Begun

July 21, 2017

I previously reported that DC Water would be replacing existing 12-inch and smaller cast iron water mains on Park Road and Morton Street between Georgia Avenue and Park Place. That work began earlier this week at the intersection of Park Place and Park Road, as shown by the photo below.


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