Some very brief Near Southeast-related updates from two ANC meetings this week (I wasn't in attendance at either, so these are just quick summaries I received from Other Parties): At ANC 6D
on Monday, the commissioners voted 3-2-2 to oppose a zoning special exception request (waiver of the rear yard requirement) for the planned office building at 1111 New Jersey Ave.
, the Donohoe project on the west side of New Jersey between L and M
(on top of the eastern Navy Yard Metro station entrance); the Board of Zoning Adjustment hearing is on May 8
. As always, the biggest sticking point appeared to be battle between the ANC's we-want-a-community-benefits-package-in-return-for-our-support stance and the developer's this-is-a-matter-of-right-project-we-don't-have-to-give-you-anything stance. (And you wonder why I avoid these meetings like the plague.)
Meanwhile, over at ANC 6B
(which is in charge of the sliver of Near Southeast around 8th Street/Barracks Row
), the process is beginning about the possibility of razing the abandoned beige apartment building on Potomac between 8th and 9th
and replacing it with a new four-story building with ground-floor retail and two levels of underground parking (though this is still just in the conceptual phase and may not be the final plan). A raze permit has been applied for, but because this small section of Near Southeast is part of the Capitol Hill Historic District, the Historic Preservation Office
will be involved in the process. More later, I'm sure.