Ward 5 Homeless Shelter Update – Zoning Application Submitted

We have been writing about the proposed Ward 5 homeless shelter since last summer. (The proposed location is the former MPD Building at 1700 Rhode Island Avenue, NE.) Now we are getting a better idea of what is proposed for the location.

So, while we are not opposed to the homeless shelter at all, this concept seems out of proportion with everything around it, and not exactly cohesive with the historic MPD building it is attached to. According to this article in Curbed DC:

In the Department of General Services’ application to the Board of Zoning Adjustment, the plans are for an addition to the existing building that will house an “emergency family shelter” with 46 residential units. While the vacant building is not landmarked, the developer hopes to treat it like it is by maintaining it and incorporating it into the design.

The article also includes additional renderings and info. You can see the Zoning request here.  The Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) public hearing will be March 1 at which time the design team will officially present the project and seek approval for the zoning changes requested. The design team will also present at the ANC 5B03 meeting on Tuesday, January 17th and to the full ANC 5B Commission on Wednesday, January 25th. We will let you know when we hear anything new.

2 thoughts on “Ward 5 Homeless Shelter Update – Zoning Application Submitted”

    1. Yikes–towering, massive and ugly. An eyesore.

      Why should one try to pick up litter or work for the betterment of Rhode Island Avenue when this is what city officials give us? And for over 10 million?

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