Back in October we wrote about an upcoming Zoning Commission hearing of the Planned Unit Development for the proposed townhomes on the Holy Redeemer College property. We recently learned from this story in the Washington Post that the Zoning Commission was less than pleased with the design and told the developer, Madison Homes, to return with a new design. From the WaPo story:
“This is really not good,” said Commissioner Peter May at the hearing. “The architecture of it and the design of it feels cheap.”
May was also expressed concern about the 14-foot width of the townhouses. In addition to making for a narrow living experience, he said, the width would have necessitated more depth, and a larger overall footprint that May said he fears would overpower the Holy Redeemer building, which is seeking historic designation.
“I think you could get a reasonable development on this excess land, maybe with a multifamily building,” May said. “I cannot see that townhouses are the right solution. If the project does go forward as townhouses, the number has to be significantly reduced.”
Commissioner Marcia Cohen expressed ambivalence about the plan, but said that the narrow width may lead to a more affordable product.
The article says that the developer plans to return with an updated plan. We will let you know when we hear anything new.