Unfortunately, we missed the ANC 5B05 meeting last week, but we were able to catch up with neighbors who filled us in. At the meeting there was a presentation by Douglas Development about their plans to build a 1492-space parking garage at 818 Michigan Avenue (next to the Metro tracks, north of the Drew (Michigan Avenue) Bridge near the Comcast building). Here are some renderings of the planned garage.
The garage is being built for Children’s National Medical Center, and shuttle buses are planned that will transport people back and forth. The implications for increased traffic around 10th Street NE, Michigan Ave and the Turkey Thicket area are pretty drastic, assuming the garage’s nearly 1,500 parking spaces see heavy use. Which seems likely, given that people such as Metro Riders who are not affiliated with the Medical Center will be allowed to park there. From what we have learned there have been no traffic studies associated with this development.
Because the way this parcel of land is zoned, the developer may build the garage as a “matter of right” meaning that as long as they conform to the Zoning Regulations, then they can develop the property with no additional zoning approval required, beyond the Office of the Zoning Administrator’s initial review. Which means that community input is not required.
At the end of the meeting, ANC Commissioner John Feeley asked if there were any supporters of the garage as presented, and there were none out of the 50 or so attendees. There will be a follow up ANC meeting covering this topic on the second Monday in April.