There will be a Public Hearing about plans to build a 1492-space parking garage at 818 Michigan Avenue NE (next to the Metro tracks, north of the Drew [Michigan Avenue] Bridge near the Comcast building). The hearing will be on Thursday, December 17 at 5:30 pm hosted by the Department of Energy and the Environment at 1200 First Street, NE, Room 718. However, because the way this property is zoned, the owner Douglas Development may build the garage as a “matter of right”, without community input. This hearing will focus on environmental impacts. Here are some renderings of the planned garage.
Additional information about the hearing can be found here. We will let you know when we hear anything new.
We thought readers would like to know about three ANC meetings this week covering topics important to the future of our neighborhood.
The April 5B05 Single Member District (SMD) will be on Monday, April 13 , at 6:30 PM at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center. Agenda items are:
The massive 1492 space garage we wrote about here. Representatives from Douglas Development will respond to community input on the project and a resolution may be taken up.
The community liaison for the Brookland Middle School, will present a public art project associated with the school.
Current issues in the single member district, including zoning, development and liquor license applications.
There will be a joint 5B03/5B04 community SMD meeting Wednesday April 15th, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Brooks Mansion, Brooks Room, 901 Newton Street NE.
The main agenda item is the Brookland Manor development were wrote about here. This is the development project coming south of Rhode Island Avenue at/around 14th Street NE. The development project, if approved, will eliminate 535 mostly affordable housing units and will create over 2,000 residential units and over 200,000 square feet of retail, including a supermarket. The developer and his architect will be in attendance. ANC 5B will be considering a resolution that addresses tenant relocation issues, traffic, and community amenities at the April meeting so this will be an opportunity to provide feedback on those or other issues too.
ANC 5E01 is the SMD just over the bridge that covers the area including Monroe Street Market. The next 5E01 meeting will be on Wednesday, April 15th at the Edgewood Arts Center (3415 8th Street NE) from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
The main agenda item is the new development on 8th Street NE we wrote about here.This phase of the Monroe Street Market development is bordered by Lawrence, Kearney and 7th Street NE and will be 45 Town homes with 2 parking spots each.
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.
We recently learned that a pretty large property that runs along the Metro tracks near the Brookland/CUA Metro station is available for lease. I am guessing that the neighborhood is looking at the very real potential for another large development on that site. Brookland Bridge readers are aware that there is another development already in the works for the WMATA owned property at the metro, so it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that nearby landholders would seek to capitalize on that development. According to this commercial property website, right now the 173,369 square foot property consists of parking spaces and “a 5,750 sq ft garage, a 4,400 sq ft warehouse, 8,082 sq ft of office space, and a 1,000 square foot storage shed.” For more info, see the marketing flyer below. The address of the property is 816 – 818 Michigan Avenue, NE. We will keep our eyes on things and let know when we learn anything new.
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