You’ve seen them in other neighborhoods, and now Brookland too – “pop up” developments – that add a number of floors to a building and in the process dwarf their surrounding homes/buildings. The practice has become so common, and extreme in some cases, that DC’s Zoning Commission issued new rules a couple of years ago to bring some order to the situation.
So, we thought neighbors would be interested in knowing about The Brookland, an 11 unit residential development planned for 3614-16 12th Street (within the row houses along the western side of 12th Street between Newton and Otis). Right now, the rowhouses are not residential, they are all current or former businesses. We spoke to a business owner within that row of buildings and all he would offer up is that the project is “slow going”.
The developer is Lock 7, which also built the sold out Brooks Row development at 12th and Franklin. Coincidentally, just after we drafted this post, the buildings hit the market for $2 Million, from the listing:
Prime Brookland development site for sale. Over 3000 SF of MU-4 zoned land. Two adjacent parcels have been combined and plans convey for an 11-unit condo building with three parking spaces.
So, who knows what will actually happen? According to the project page, the development will be a mixture of one, two and three bedroom units. While it may be aesthetically jarring, there is no doubt that DC needs more housing, particularly close to the Metro. Also, we need more density on or near 12th Street if we want a vibrant main street. So, what do you think? We will keep an eye on this development and let you know when we learn anything new.