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On Monday night the Zoning Commission held a brief hearing on Case 06-32a, the request by the city to move the old Post Plant at 225 Virginia Avenue into the "Capitol South Receiving Zone," which would allow the block to receive transferable development rights, allowing greater height and density than the 6.5 FAR and 90-ft-height currently allowed.
When this was originally brought before the commission by developer Washington Telecom Associates for setdown two years ago, the Office of Planning indicated that they wouldn't support the request because of concerns about the added density on that block affecting both Canal Park to the south and Capper/Carrollsburg townhouses to the east (read the transcript for more details). Since that time, the city subleased the building (paying $500k a month in rent), but has decided not to use it to house police department functions and so is in the process of finding a developer to take over its sublease (which also has an option to buy).
In their pre-hearing report and during last night's session, OP said they are now prepared to support the move to the receiving zone, "provided that there is Zoning Commission review of the design of the portions of a building proposed to rise higher than 90' " which would confirm that the building "will be sufficiently setback from the eastern building face to avoid shadowing the lower buildings in Square 797 to the east" and that it "will provide a suitable northern focal point for the Canal Blocks Park." The OP report says that this lot would not be exempt from the city's inclusionary zoning requirements.
The three commissioners in attendance (Hood, May, and Turnbull) asked a few cursory questions, and noted that there was no report from ANC 6D nor any witnesses in support or opposition. The ZC will vote on this case at its Nov. 10 public meeting.
With the OPM page on the 225 Virginia Request for Expressions of Interest saying that notification was to have happened yesterday, I thought there was a possibility that this hearing would give us some hint as to who might be taking over the city's lease, but the Office of Planning said they didn't know who the developer might be.
 

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Bruce says: (10/28/08 3:35 PM)
Great. The District screwed up and is stuck with that hefty rent.
Suddenly, its ok to allow the variance to potentially build higher and create the density that was being blocked PRIOR to this bad lease.
My my, how time and $$ can change anything....Canal park and the townhomes suddenly aren't as big of a concern....Thank you DC

BC says: (10/28/08 5:24 PM)
I think it was wrong of the city to not let them build higher in the first place. The higher density will be a positive thing for this area, not a negative one. I am not sure why blocking the view of the highway from people in Canal park is so bad. A higher building will also block some highway noise. The terrible view and noise of the Southeast freeway really take a lot away from Garfield park. A nice tall building here will make Canal park a better park. Higher density will also lead to more foot traffic which I will argue is what this area needs.

The wasted money for rent is not good. But when you plan ahead, sometimes reality takes a different path and you get burned. I would rather have my city officials plan ahead and sometimes get burned than to never plan ahead (sit on their hands) and then pretend that doing nothing means that they are doing no wrong.

DC really is a great city. I would argue that it is the best city in the world. There will always be issues here and there in any city or town. But when you look at a city that gets a lot done, you will have any easier time finding things that could have been done better. On the flip side, it would be hard to find things that were done wrong if you look at a city that does not accomplish much of anything. Former mayor Williams said something to this effect a few years back. I had not thought about this before his speech, but it really made a lot of sense ...to me anyway.

Michael says: (10/28/08 9:48 PM)
Gotta agree with Bruce... nothing has changed since this was originally determined, except DC is stuck with an expensive lease that it wants to unload.

Bruce says: (10/29/08 8:50 AM)
Too much density is not a good thing.
Let's not forget that the only reason for the potential variance is bad planning on the part of the District. I dont dispute that DC is a great place. Its why I'm here.
This issue is only about one thing and one thing only....Unloading, what has become a $500K a month drain. I simply do not want to change the chemistry of this area when there is a clean slate to do it right (when do you ever get the chance like this?) simply due to poor planning...

BC says: (10/29/08 11:03 AM)
I am still not sure why high density is bad. Nobody has actually given any reasons. Why is blocking the view of the highway bad. Is the highway that beautiful? I think it is quite ugly. Why is blocking some of the noise of the highway bad. Is highway noise akin to beautiful music? I think highway noise is unpleasant. Why are more people walking on the streets (which would occur with higher density) bad? I don't think that other high density places in the city (like DuPont Circle and Chinatown) are so bad? I think these areas are quite pleasant. If I wanted to live in a low density area, I would live in a suburb like Laurel where home prices are cheap. I think that this change to a higher density block is good for this area. It fixes the BAD policy that was there before.

Also, judging whether planning was good or poor should be based on more than just how things turned out. It is possible to have good plans that don't turn out well in the end.


Thesia Garner says: (3/9/09 1:15 PM)
How about letting a public charter school lease/buy part of the space for a school? there are many schools looking for space. One in particular would find this space almost perfect.

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1011 1ST ST SE    COLIN CLARK 
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 03/03/14
to
05/01/14
    COLIN CLARK 
Approved (Pending Payment)
paving; landscaping; new  
 04/23/14
to
06/27/14
1331 2ND ST SE    Carlton Ray 
Assigned
paving; streetfixture; excavation  
 02/10/14
to
02/09/15
100 M ST SE    WASHINGTON GAS 
Assigned
excavation  
 04/23/13
to
04/22/14
1201 M ST SE    Michael Manoski 
Pending Document
excavation  
 05/06/13
to
05/05/14
1333 M ST SE    WASHINGTON GAS 
Assigned
excavation  
 05/01/13
to
04/30/14
1111 NEW JERSEY AVE SE    NJA Associates LLC 
Assigned
paving; streetfixture; landscaping; excavation; new  
 06/03/13
to
06/02/14
301 TINGEY ST SE    Chuchart Kampirapang 
Assigned
 
 06/07/13
to
06/06/14
    Potbelly Sandwich Works LLC 
Issued
new  
 03/21/12
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11/27/14

Recent Issued Building Permits Archive  
1100 1ST ST SE   
03/31/14 
ONYX ON FIRST ONYX / HAMID FAKRI
B1405403 / CONSTRUCTION
FIRE DAMAGE REPAIR TO ORIGINAL CONDITION. REMOVE AND REPLACE IN KIND AND AS NEEDED.DRYWALL INSULATION FINISHES. NO STUCTURAL DAMAGE.FLOOR AND CEILING ARE CONC.
1011 1ST ST SE   
04/09/14 
MILLER?LONG
AH1400386 / CONSTRUCTION
AFTERHOURS TO TAKE DOWN TOWER CRANE WITH 200 TON CRANE SAT ? SUN 4 / 12 / 2014 AND 4 / 13 / 2014 FROM 5AM TO 9PM
1259 1ST ST SE   
03/28/14 
CAPITAL RIVERFRONT HOTEL LLC / KIM MITCHELL CDKM CONSULTING LLC
AH1400356 / CONSTRUCTION
AFTER HOURS PERMIT FOR PERMIT NO B1401471 FOR 3 / 28 / 14 TO 4 / 27 / 14 FROM 7AM TO 7 PM - MON THRU FRIDAY AND SATURDAY.
1277 1ST ST SE   
03/31/14 
GROVESNER / STEVENS
F1400231 / CONSTRUCTION
TEMPORARY PLYWOOD FENCE TO INCLOSE LOT ON PRIVATE PROPERTY
1299 1ST ST SE   
03/31/14 
GROVESNER / STEVENS
F1400232 / CONSTRUCTION
TEMPORARY PLYWOOD FENCE TO CLOSE OFF LOT
1381 1ST ST SE   
04/07/14 
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA /
SB1400233 / CONSTRUCTION
INSTALLATION OF 3 GEO SOIL BORINGS TO A DEPTH OF 30FT 4' DIAMETER USING GEOPROBE 3 OUT OF 3 ARE TMMW
1008 3RD PL SE   
04/01/14 
NA NA NA
EHOP1490434 / HOME OCCUPATION
1212 4TH ST SE   
03/28/14 
SWEETGREEN / ROSHAUN FOR DENNIS CONSULTING
TL1400070 / CONSTRUCTION
TENANT LAYOUT IN PREPARATION OF A SWEETGREEN RESTAURANT. PERMIT TO INCLUDE NEW MEP. 29 SEATS AND 63 MAX OCCPANCY.
   
04/01/14 
MIKE LENARD / MIKE LENARD; FVI2020
TL1400052 / CONSTRUCTION
INTERIOR TENANT LAYOUT FOR NEW FAST CASUAL RESTAURANT OF APPROXIMATELY 1600 SQUARE FEET WITH NEW KITCHEN HOOD DINING RESTROOM AND ASSOCIATED SUPPORT.
   
04/09/14 
GSA GSA / BRIAN FREW; GSA GSA; JOSEPH RICHARDS
E37554102 / SUPPLEMENTAL
1000 5TH ST SE   
04/04/14 
DC HOUSING AUTHORITY / KIM MITCHELL CDKM CONSULTING LLC
B1404942 / CONSTRUCTION
TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION TRAILER TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION FENCE AROUND THE PERIMETER OF THE PROPERTY AND TWO PORTA POTTIES AND TO INCREASE TO A TOTAL OF 4 PORTA POTTIES AT THE PEAK OF CONSTRUCTION. TRAILERS WILL BE ON BLOCKED ON TEMPORARY CMU BLOCKS - POWERED FROM TEMPORARY SERVICE BY PEPCO TRAILERS WILL BE EQUIPPED WITH RESTROOM SYSTEM THAT WILL BE SERVICED - NO PLUMBING LINES AS THEY ARE SELF CONTAINED
   
04/11/14 
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOUSING AUTHORITY / KIM MITCHELL CDKM CONSULTING LLC
SH1400015 / CONSTRUCTION
SHEETING ? SHORING FOR NEW COMMUNITY CENTER
1220 12TH ST SE   
03/28/14 
WASHINGTON GAS LIGHT CO / DONALD C HEMMER
E1404391 / SUPPLEMENTAL
1015 HALF ST SE   
04/09/14 
HALF ST SE LLC / SAM HOLLEN RAMCO OF DC INC.
B1405731 / CONSTRUCTION
INTERIOR RENOVATION FOR 1ST FLOOR SERVICE CORRIDOR. PARTITIONS DOORS MECHANICAL ELECTRICAL AND LIFE SAFETY.
75 I ST SE   
04/07/14 
DRI DEVELOPMENT SERVICES LLC / JOSE S ALVARADO; DRI DEVELOPMENT LLC; JOSE S ALVARADO
E16994763 / SUPPLEMENTAL
   
04/07/14 
DRI DEVELOPMENT SERVICES LLC / JOSE S ALVARADO; DRI DEVELOPMENT LLC; JOSE S ALVARADO
E10943636 / SUPPLEMENTAL
409 I ST SE   
03/28/14 
SCOTT A FAULK TRUSTEE / CHE J GOMEZ
P1404392 / SUPPLEMENTAL
   
04/07/14 
SCOTT A FAULK TRUSTEE / RALPH THREATT
E1404619 / SUPPLEMENTAL
309 K ST SE   
04/06/14 
GERRITT LANG
PC61450444 / POST CARD
REPLACEMENT OF NOT MORE THAN 1 GAS APPLIANCE ON A RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL OR INDUSTRIAL PROJECT.
20 M ST SE   
03/27/14 
SOUTHEAST REALTY LLC / KURT WILSON PIERCE
E1404361 / SUPPLEMENTAL
515 M ST SE   
03/27/14 
DC WATER DC WATER / RAQUEL FLORES
AH1400363 / CONSTRUCTION
REMOVE AND REPLACE VALVE WITH VALVE CASING AND RESTORATION AT ALONG M STREET BETWEEN 6TH AND 7TH ST SE
770 M ST SE   
03/28/14 
MADISON 770 M STREET LLC / GUARDIAN FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES
B1405539 / CONSTRUCTION
REMOVE EXISTING PRE-UL300 COMMERCIAL KITCHEN HOOD FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEM AND REPLACE WITH PYROCHEM KKII PCL460 WET CHEMICAL UL300 COMPLIANT SYSTEM - HOOD IS EXISTING
880 NEW JERSEY AVE SE   
03/28/14 
880 NEW JERSEY AVENUE LLC / JOHN H THOMSON
E1404385 / SUPPLEMENTAL
   
03/28/14 
880 NEW JERSEY AVENUE LLC / JOHN H THOMSON
E1404386 / SUPPLEMENTAL
   
03/28/14 
880 NEW JERSEY AVENUE LLC / JOHN H THOMSON
E1404384 / SUPPLEMENTAL
1100 NEW JERSEY AVE SE   
03/31/14 
SQUARE 742 LLC / MARK A. PELUSO
E1404421 / SUPPLEMENTAL
1105 NEW JERSEY AVE SE   
04/01/14 
ST MATTHEWS BAPTIST CHURCH / DANIEL M. NARH
P1404388 / SUPPLEMENTAL
1500 SOUTH CAPITOL ST SE   
03/25/14 
WASHINGTON NATIONALS STADIUM LLC / JOHN GIUSEPPE-RAMCO
B1404078 / CONSTRUCTION
RENOVATIONS TO FOUR CONCESSION STANDS AT NATIONALS PARK MAIN CONCOURSE HOUSING BEN'S CHILI BOWL CHANGE UP CHICKEN GEORGETOWN GRILL NAT'S DOGS TASTE OF THE MAJORS GRAND SLAM GRILLE ALL AS SHOWN ON THE ATTACHED DEMOLITION ARCH. ELECT. MECH. PLUMB. AND FOOD SERVICE PLANS AS CONCESSIONS NUMBERS 1 3 4 AND 5
   
03/25/14 
WASHINGTON NATIONALS STADIUM LLC / JOHN GIUSEPPE-RAMCO
B1404077 / CONSTRUCTION
RENOVATIONS TO EXISTING CONCESSIONS STANDS AT NATIONALS PARK LOCATED ON THE MAIN CONCOURSE LEVEL NOTED AS CONCESSION STAND NUMBER 1 AND 4 NATS DOGS AND HOT DOGS AND PIZZA - ICE CREAM. ALL AS PER THE ATTACHED DEMOLITION ARCH. ELECT. AND MECH-PLUMB. FOOD SERVICE DWGS.
   
03/26/14 
WASHINGTON NATIONALS /
P1404298 / SUPPLEMENTAL
   
03/27/14 
WASHINGTON NATIONALS STADUIM LLC / STEPHEN J. EXELBERT
P1404355 / SUPPLEMENTAL
   
03/27/14 
WASHINGTON NATIONALS STADUIM LLC / STEPHEN J. EXELBERT
P1404354 / SUPPLEMENTAL
   
03/27/14 
WASHINGTON NATIONALS STADIUM LLC / FRED GRIFFITH; WASHINGTON NATIONALS STADIUM LLC; JAY LIVESAY
E93188787 / SUPPLEMENTAL
   
03/28/14 
WASHINGTON NATIONALS STADIUM LLC / DAVID SUMPTER; WASHINGTON NATIONALS STADIUM LLC; ANDREW SICKLER
AR13398918 / SUPPLEMENTAL
   
04/07/14 
WASHINGTON NATIONALS STADIUM LLC / FRED GRIFFITH; WASHINGTON NATIONALS STADIUM LLC; JAY LIVESAY
E53144683 / SUPPLEMENTAL
301 TINGEY ST SE   
04/11/14 
NA NA NA
EHOP1490466 / HOME OCCUPATION
   
04/11/14 
NA NA NA
EHOP1490467 / HOME OCCUPATION
301 WATER ST SE   
04/02/14 
FC LUMBER SHED LLC / FRANK V CANTWELL
E1404522 / SUPPLEMENTAL
355 WATER ST SE   
04/01/14 
MIKE BRAMSON
TN1400088 / CONSTRUCTION
40 X 60 TENT 30 X 50 TENT 30 X 80 TENT 10 X 120 TENT 10 X 10 TENT 800 SQ FT FENCING
301 WATER ST SE   
04/04/14 
FC LUMBER SHED LLC / RICHARD V CAREY
P1404549 / SUPPLEMENTAL
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800 NJ/Whole Foods
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Virginia Ave. Tunnel
99 M St.
Monument/Half Street
Community Center
Capper Apartments
250 M Street
Florida Rock
909 Half Street
Congressional Square
1000 South Capitol
SC1100
New Marine Barracks
Factory 202/Yards
Nat'l Comm. Church
Completed
Lumber Shed ('13)
Boilermaker Shops ('13)
Canal Park ('12)
Capitol Quarter ('12)
225 Virginia/200 I ('12)
Foundry Lofts/Yards ('12)
1015 Half Street ('10)
Yards Park ('10)
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909 NJ Ave. ('09)
55 M ('09)
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Onyx ('08)
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70/100 I ('08)
Seniors Bldg Dem. ('07)
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US DOT HQ ('07)
20 M ('07)
Capper Seniors 1 ('06)
Capitol Hill Tower ('06)
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Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District
Covering Near Southeast & Buzzard Point.

Studies/Initiatives/Government Documents:
11th Street Bridges EIS
South Capitol St. Bridge EIS
South Capitol Gateway Corridor/Anacostia Access Study
Anacostia Riverwalk Trail
NCPC's New Vision for South Capitol Street (2005 Update)
Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (2005)
Near Southeast Draft Urban Design Framework (2003)
Urban Land Institute South Capitol Street Corridor Report (2003)
Neighborhood Strategic Action Plan (2002)
DC Streetcars (may run down M Street SE someday)

Capitol Gateway and Southeast Federal Center Zoning Overlays
Two documents that spell out in extreme detail exactly what the requirements are for developments along South Capitol, M, in the Ballpark District, and at "The Yards". Read also my short explanatory treatise on these two overlays.

Pre-Redevelopment Media Overviews:
A Transformed Neighborhood Awaits Stadium (WP, 8/15/05)
      includes huge map of development plans
The Morphing of a Forgotten Neighborhood (WP, 9/2/2004)
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Betting Big on Near Southeast (WP, 7/15/04)
Hope for the Waterfront (WBJ, 01)
Seeking a Better View On the Waterfront (WP, 3/8/98)
 

DC Government
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Planning/Economic Development
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DC City Council
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David Garber (6D07)
Kirsten Oldenburg (6B04)
Police: MPD-1D | PSA 105

Other Organizations
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Earth Conservation Corps
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Barracks Row Main Street
Marines Community Integrated Master Plan
 

 

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