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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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