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In a nice break from its evaluations of boxy 13-story buildings, the Zoning Commission this week has on its agenda two cases dealing with somewhat unusual development requests at the Yards.
The first, which is being heard tonight, has to do with the reconfiguration of the block at 1st and M streets SE after spooky Building 213 gets demolished sometime in the coming months.
As I wrote back in December, Forest City is wanting to move Trapeze School New York from its current 4th and Tingey location to the northwest corner of New Jersey and Tingey, shrink and reconfigure the existing 1st Street parking lot by 22 spaces, and build a temporary public park on the north half of the block. (The overview drawing at right can help you visualize this.)
The parking lot and the trapeze school move each require zoning approvals for these new temporary five-year uses--if you want the serious details on why, and the evaluation of the zoning rules therein, read the Office of Planning report.
ANC 6D and the Office of Planning have both supported this request, and this week the National Capital Planning Commission is adding its support.
So, in honor of what apparently will be a year of change on this block, I've built a Yards Parcel A project page, to be sure that Building 213's soulless windowless existence (and its brief ArtYards fling with color) is not forgotten.
The second zoning request, to be heard on Thursday, Feb. 6, is to amend the text of the Southeast Federal Center Overlay to allow "veterinary boarding hospital and veterinary hospital uses" subject to a number of conditions within the footprint of the Yards.
This text is being added because of apparent interest from a veterinary hospital in leasing space in the ground floor of the soon-to-be completed Twelve12 apartment building at 4th and Tingey, and the SEFC overlay does not specifically allow veterinary services, so it has to be spelled out.
And it's not a surprise that a vet is looking at the area--the Office of Planning report sites a Capitol Riverfront BID survey saying that 40 percent of neighborhood residents have pets.
The Office and Planning and ANC 6D also support this request.
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JES says: (2/3/14 12:12 PM)
There's enough unleased space in there to fit a vet?


JD says: (2/3/14 12:24 PM)
On the portion facing Tingey, at the east end.


JES says: (2/3/14 1:57 PM)
Gotcha. Well, this would be mighty convenient for us. Here's hoping it happens!


NJAve says: (2/3/14 2:25 PM)
Is the vet Banfield? I've heard rumors they were looking in the neighborhood.


JD says: (2/3/14 2:53 PM)
Forest City doesn't announce tenants until leases are signed, which I imagine won't happen until the zoning approvals are confirmed, so right now there's no name attached to this.


JT says: (2/4/14 12:03 PM)
A vet in the neighborhood would be a great idea since Capitol Hill Veterinary Clinic moved from 8th Street.

I remember you joking a loooong time ago in a thread that each of the new buildings must give people a dog when they sign a lease (or similar) based on how the 'hood is crawling with dogs.

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