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Church Street Development: 37 Apartments, No Parking

by Borderstan.com May 28, 2013 at 10:00 am 5 Comments


South side of the 1400 block of Church Street NW, just east of 15th Street. The Metropole is visible at the far right. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From David McAuley. Email him at david[AT]borderstan.com.

At the May 22 meeting, The ANC 2F Community Development Committee heard a presentation from Brook Rose Development on the construction of a multi-story apartment building on the site of 1456, 1458 and 1460 Church Street NW. The developer characterized the present structures on this site as “three small row houses in disrepair”.

Brook Rose Development will request relief from the obligation to supply parking spaces for the residents. The new apartment buildings, as planned, will contain 37 rental units. The size of each unit will be 250 to 400 square feet, and will rent for $1800 to $2000 per month.

UrbanTurf has more details, including artist renderings of what the building would look like. The three Church Street buildings remain, with the developer adding construction behind them.

Normally, DC regulations would require a building with this many units to contain at least 18 parking spaces. Due to space constraints and the long narrow footprint of the site, there is only room for two. If these two spaces were used, it would impede trash collection for the building, the developers said.

After consultations with the DC Office of Planning, the developers were seeking ANC endorsement on a zoning adjustment for the parking space requirement.

“It is physically impossible to put parking on this site,” one of the developers said.

Not only would there be no off-street parking, but tenants would also not have the right to residential parking permits. Applying for one would be cause for termination of the lease agreement. The developers pledged to periodically check for compliance with DC’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). They also said it is possible to register a building with DMW so that residents will not be able to get residential parking permits.

“The appeal is to a carless urban dweller,” a developer said.

The CDC voted to recommend to the full ANC to support Brook Rose Development’s application before DC’s Board of Zoning Adjustment for relief from the parking-space requirement.

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  • Lindsey

    $1800 for 250 square feet?!


  • Gumpper

    If it is physically impossible to put up 37 units and have parking, maybe the answer is to leave them as three townhouses?

  • The guy on the internet

    This is hideous, and with all the construction going on in the area, pretty soon most of the neighborhood will have all the “charm” of the Church Street Condo Canyon (that is to say, none)

    And we are eagerly building the slums of tomorrow because soon enough, all these urban “pioneers” will leave this charmless, treeless ghetto in search of neighborhoods “with more character.” For example, with trees, and townhouses, maybe even a little parking.

    But everyone cheers for new development because “it looks so much better than what was there!”

    There is no sane neighborhood planning, here, only greedy developers and people with no taste or sense of history.

    • Lance

      Amen! And the pity of it all is that the people who’ll move in there now could skip all this moving about and go straight to live in a neighborhood with harm NOW. We have a plethora of neighborhoods in DC waiting to be re-gentrified and returned I their former glory. Why Seattle fir 250 sq ft for $1,800? Get a car and you can drive to the restaurants and bars in Logan … until such time your re-gentrifying neighborhood gets their own. That’s exactly what we did when we moved to places like Logan and DuPont yesteryear. And it worked out for us. It’ll work out for you too.

  • LoganRes

    @ the guy on the internet….LOL! People moving to neighborhoods like Logan and streets like Church are moving there for exactly what it is. Nobody is moving there thinking…gee, I wish we had a few townhouses and some parking lots nearby. They want the density, vibrancy, character, and proximity to all that Logan has.


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