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PUD And Zoning 101 Presentation This Saturday

St. Josephs Seminary
St. Joseph’s Seminary

Ever been curious about regulatory processes around developments such as Planned Unit Development (PUD) and Zoning changes?  The Neighbors of St. Joseph’s Seminary is hosting a presentation  for community members – “PUD and Zoning 101”. The presentation will occur Saturday, February 6, 2016, starting at 3 PM, in the Ground Floor Lecture Hall of Providence Hospital.  The goal of the presentation is to educate residents about the PUD and zoning process in DC. Check out the flyer below and their website for more information. On a related note, this story in the Washingtonian is making the rounds in the neighborhood, it is about the multiple developments in the Brookland area taking place on properties affiliated with the Catholic Church.

Neighbors of St. Joseph's Seminary

12th And Allison Development: Upcoming Meeting Schedule

St. Josephs SeminaryOur recent blog post about the proposed 12th and Allison development at St. Joseph’s Seminary generated a lot of interest from our readers. We recently saw a notice about the meeting schedule for residents interested in providing feedback and learning more, so we thought we would pass the information along. From the notice from developer EYA:

We wanted to invite you to a follow up community meeting in regards to the planning and design of the 12th and Allison development at the St. Joseph Seminary.  In addition, below is a list of upcoming meetings with various neighborhoods and community organizations…We are very  excited to share the progress we have made at these meetings and to continue the dialogue we have had to date.

Michigan Park Citizens Association Meeting
Date: February 2, 2016
Time: 7:15 PM
Location: Auditorium at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Elementary School, 3700 Oakview Terrace NE

Description: EYA will attend the regularly scheduled Michigan Park Citizens Association meeting in February.We will give a presentation providing background on our firm and general information about the 12th and Allison development. We will also respond to questions and comments from the community in advance of sharing the more detailed updated plan on February 18th.

Queens Chapel Civic Association Meeting
Date: February 8, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Union Wesley AME Zion Church, 1860 Michigan Avenue NE (side entrance)

Description: EYA will attend the regularly scheduled Queens Chapel Civic Association meeting in February. We will give a presentation providing background on our firm and information on our plan for the St. Joseph Seminary. We will also respond to questions and comments from the community in advance of sharing the more detailed updated plan on February 18th.

EYA-Hosted Community Focus Group
Date: February 18, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Ground Floor Lecture Hall at Providence Hospital, 1150 Varnum Street NE

Description: EYA is hosting this meeting as a follow up to the ANC 5A03 meeting we attended in December. We will present an updated more detailed plan and seek input from community members on the design of the project, park space amenities, street network, and community benefits.

Tour of Chancellor’s Row
Date: February 20, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Chancellor’s Row (near Regent Place NE and Chancellor’s Way NE)

Description: Chancellor’s Row is a 237-unit EYA project completed in 2014 in the Brookland/Edgewood neighborhood about one mile south of the seminary. Please join us for a tour of the community to get a closer look at a nearby EYA project. We will return to the St. Joseph Seminary after the tour where we will answer questions from 11:30– 1:30 and discuss 12th and Allison with any neighbors and community members who would like to stop by or were unable to attend the tour. Coffee and snacks will be served. For the tour, please RSVP to Info@12thandAllison.com and we will  send more details closer to the tour date.

Coffee at the St. Joseph Seminary
Date: February 20, 2016
Time: 11:30 AM –1:30 PM
Location: 1200 Varnum Street NE

Description: EYA will return to the St.Joseph Seminary after the Chancellor’s Row tour where we will answer questions and discuss 12th and Allison with any neighbors and community members who would like to stop by or were unable to attend the tour. Coffee and snacks will be served.

North Michigan Park Civic Association Meeting
Date: March 2, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Community Room 2 at North Michigan Park Recreation Center, 1333 Emerson Street NE

Description: EYA will attend the regularly scheduled North Michigan Park Civic Association meeting in March. We will give a presentation providing background on our firm and information on our plan for the St. Joseph Seminary. We will also respond to questions and comments from the community.

New Commercial Space For Lease On 12th Street

3000 12th Street NENeighbors who are familiar with the northwest corner of 12th and Hamlin Streets, NE have been noticing activity at the commercial space at 3000 12th St NE. First, the old bail bonds sign was removed from the space above Silvestre’s restaurant in August and then more recently, new windows came in. We recently learned that that the second floor of this building has been renovated and is ready to lease. From the website:

From the owner of 3126 12th Street, home to Brookland’s Finest, comes new community-serving space. This corner location at 12th and Hamlin Streets NE will set the stage for outdoor seating, large windows lining the streets, and 2nd floor and cellar space ready for new tenants. We look forward to this being the next great gathering space for Brookland.

There is also a survey on the website asking for neighbor’s input on what they would like to see go in that space. Take the survey here. We will let you know when we hear anything new.

12th And Allison Development In Nearby Michigan Park

St. Josephs Seminary
St. Joseph’s Seminary – view from Varnum Street, NE

In the last few months there has been a lot of neighborhood chatter about a proposed new development on the property of St. Joseph’s Seminary.  This land is just north of Brookland, around 12th and Webster/Allison Streets, next to Providence Hospital.  We don’t post about topics until we have something verified to refer readers to, and it looks like things are taking shape now. The developer is EYA, which also brought us the nearby Chancellor’s Row development, and they are calling this one “12th and Allison”.  From their website:

EYA is excited to share that we are partnering with the Josephites to create a new home community on a portion of the land around the St. Joseph Seminary in the beautiful Michigan Park neighborhood. We look forward to seeking community input and creating a plan that responds to this feedback and is compatible with the neighborhood.

Neighbors of St. Josephs have their own website here to share information, including a community survey:

We believe it is critical to document community concerns about EYA’s proposed development at St. Joseph’s Seminary. We have designed a comprehensive survey that is easy to answer and takes 10 minutes to complete.

The community website also has this informative presentation from EYA that provides a lot of preliminary details, including:

  • The PUD/Zoning request will be submitted this spring
  • The development will be townhomes/rowhouses
  • Construction is planned to begin fall 2017
  • Delivery of first homes fall 2018

The next community meeting about this development will be February 2, 2016 when EYA will present at the Michigan Park Citizens Association meeting at 7:00 PM, location TBD. We will let you when we hear anything notable.

Brookland Station Townhomes Now Available

Brookland StationWe have been following the ins and outs of the development along 9th Street NE near the Brookland Metro for a while now. We recently learned that the 16 townhome development has a name, Brookland Station, and the units are now available. Each home will have two levels with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. The top units will come with roof decks. The website describes them as luxury homes with hardwood floors, marble countertops, stainless steel appliances, and 9 foot ceilings.

The sales team created a video about Brookland, which you can check out here, and the website is peppered with phrases like:

book a spot now before they open a whole foods around here.

and

book a spot now before the northwest residents hear about it.

The addresses of the homes are 3300 – 3314 9th St NE. The development will have 8 parking spots and the price of the units starts in the upper 500’s.

Small Mixed Use Development Underway On 12th Street NE

Development at 3733 12th Street NE
Development at 3733 12th Street NE

Neighbors have asked us what is being built at 3733 12 Street NE (between Otis and Perry) where a single family home once stood.  The building permit on the construction fence says “Construction of a new 3-story, plus basement, mixed use building. The building will have four residential units, two each on second and third floors, and commercial space on first floor and in the basement.” A check on the DCRA website also showed that the units will be apartments, there are four required parking spaces at the rear of the building and there will be a rooftop deck. We will let you know if we learn anything new.

New Apartment Building Coming To 12th and Otis Streets NE

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The Northwest Corner of Otis and 12th Streets NE

Thanks to reader Patrick for reaching out and asking what is being built on the empty lot next to the 7-Eleven at 12th and Otis Streets NE. We did some searching around on the DCRA website and found out that in October 2015 there was a zoning approval for the conversion of three previously existing two-story single family homes on Otis Street “into a three-story + cellar apartment house with 10 dwelling units…ten (10) parking spaces provided on the property and with a parking easement with adjacent lots.”

There is a banner attached to the construction fence for Harbor Builders. There is nothing about the Brookland location on their website site, but we are assuming they will be the ones building out the development. According to their site:

 Harbor Builders is a general contracting and construction company headquartered in Baltimore City, Maryland. Harbor is fully licensed as a general contractor and new home builder in the State of Maryland and Washington, DC. Harbor constructs quality buildings for a variety of uses and users. Harbor specializes in row houses renovation, urban infill new construction, multifamily dwellings and custom homes.
We will let you know when we hear anything new.

Another 7-11 Planned For Brookland On Rhode Island Ave NE

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Corner of Rhode Island Ave NE and 14th

Thanks to readers Frank and Lexi for asking about the Metro Laundromat at 1400 Rhode Island Ave NE that was torn down late this summer. Currently there are construction vehicles on the property and a sign that says  “Laundry Closed For Renovation, Re-Open Summer 2016”.

According to the DCRA website, there was a zoning review for a proposed “6,534 sf laundromat/retail building” and in May 2015 there was a “zoning approval for an one-story addition to an existing laundromat…for a new retail addition. total gfa of proposed building: 6,534 sf…a total of 23 parking spaces provided .” In October 2015 the site was also approved for “a prepared food shop”.

We also reached out to the ANC Commissioner for that area (5B03), Michael Morrison and Kyle Todd, Executive Director at RIA Main Street NE who both confirmed that current plans call for re-building the laundromat with a 7-11 alongside it. We will let you know when we hear anything new.

New Self Storage Building Coming To 8th Street NE

Lot on 8th Street with construction fencing.
Lot on 8th Street with construction fencing.

Thanks to reader Joshua for the tip that the lot at 2800 8th Street NE (across from the Dew Drop Inn at the entrance to the Met Branch Trail) is being developed into a 5 story self-storage building with the ground floor slated for “potential future retail.” We stopped by recently and took this photo. There were dumpsters full of debris, construction equipment, and the lot is surrounded by construction fencing. According to documents submitted to the Office of Planning, the developer expects to complete the build out by summer 2016. For more details, check out the developer’s submission to the Office of Planning here. We will let you know when we hear anything new.

Development Update: Brentwood Village Moves Another Step Forward

Site plan for the future Brookland Manor from Mid-City Financial. Courtesy of Perkins Eastman.
Site plan for the future Brentwood Village from Mid-City Financial.
Courtesy of Perkins Eastman.

We have been following one of the largest developments in the city, Brentwood Village, because its proximity  to  Brookland – on the other other side of Rhode Island Avenue – will definitely impact our neighborhood. The development project will eliminate 535 mostly affordable housing units and will create almost 2,000 residential units and over 200,000 square feet of retail, including a supermarket. Yesterday we got word that the development made a big step forward from this story in the Washington Business Journal. Mid-City Financial Corp., owner of Brookland Manor purchased the strip mall on Rhode Island Avenue NE between Brentwood Road and Montana Avenue (Brentwood Village Shopping Center) for $14.1 million. From the story:

All Brentwood Village leases will be terminated immediately, and the center is expected to be vacant by June 30. Brentwood Liquor is expected to close much sooner, perhaps by the end of January.

For images/renderings of the proposed development check out this link. We will let you know when we learn anything new.