Friday Updates: Old KFC Site, Trash Mob, Hill East Task Force

  • Douglas Development has new plans for a mixed use retail/residential building to replace the Old KFC building at 1442 Pennsylvania Avenue SE. The building would have roughly 2,900 sq. ft. of retail and 21 apartments. Seven parking spots would be available in the building, though Douglas has said they will ask tenants to waive their right for a Zone 6 residential parking permit and ask the city to enforce that restriction. Here is a link to the plans – post any comments or thoughts about the proposed development below:
  • If you have an hour to spare, join the Hill Trash Mob tomorrow morning, Sat., July 16, at 9:00 am to help clean up the area around the southern entrance to Stadium-Armory Metro (19th Street SE and Burke Street SE). A big thanks to the Hill Trash Mobsters for tackling the trash in our neighborhood!
  • Please join us next Wed., July 20, 7:00 pm for our 6B09 Neighborhood Outreach Meeting at Congressional Cemetery (1801 E Street SE). William Howland, Director of DC’s Department of Public Works, will be there to answer your questions on trash collection, parking enforcement, alley cleaning, etc. I’ll also provide an update on ANC 6B’s latest activities.
  • ANC 6B’s Hill East Task Force will hold its first meeting on Wed., July 27, 7:00 pm at St. Coletta School (1901 Independence Ave. SE). This will be an organizing meeting – an opportunity for residents to suggest issues/concerns that should be the focus of future task force meetings.

Have a great weekend!

6 Responses to Friday Updates: Old KFC Site, Trash Mob, Hill East Task Force

  1. Frank Zampatori says:

    Why would a tenent be asked to waive their right to apply for a Ward 6 residential parking sticker at 1442 Penn. Ave. SE? Seems like a rather large structure compared to the neighboring structures/homes. Plus it will have 21 apartments plus retail space which will need parking. I suspect the seven parking spaces will be used primarily by the retail space. What happened to the original plans of 2/3 years ago–seems like it was a smaller structure. Maybe the residents of 15th St. SE have more info.

    • bflahaven says:

      Thanks for the questions, Frank. Since 1) there is not enough room on the site for 21 parking spaces and 2) parking is already scarce around the 1400 and 1500 blocks of Penn and the 700 block of 15th St. SE, the developer is willing to require tenants to waive their right to residential parking stickers. It is unclear if this is allowed under DC law. I believe that the parking will be for tenants…not for retail. You’ll have to ask Douglas why the original plans were shelved, though I believe the economic downturn had a lot to do with it.

  2. JR says:

    anything would be better than the abandoned KFC and parking lot which attracts loitering and garbage. who cares what height the building is!

  3. Anon says:

    Nobody should have to waive their right to a zone sticker. Hopefully DC law will prevent this stoopid idea from being implemented. Everyone deserves the same rights and if the building can be built with just 7 spaces then so be it – everyone gets zone stickers.

  4. Michael says:

    Waiving zone stickers is an effective way to get community support for a structure that might otherwise be opposed on the rather amorphous concerns of being “too tall” or “not characteristic of the neighborhood.” Obviously, Douglas is going to have to offer lower prices or provide some other incentive to make up for this waiver. It’s just willing to put its money where its mouth is with regard to the parking issue to get the project approved.

    I, for one, think it’s great that they aren’t providing as many parking spots as there are units; it seems to me that the parking lots of most new apartment/condo buildings are rarely full because people are unwilling to pay the true cost of a parking space. Requiring the waiver of zone stickers takes a lot of the burden of new development off the existing community while still achieving further density and promoting use of mass transit. Seems like a win-win to me.

  5. Drew Golin says:

    I think this is a great idea! Looks amazing. I own the property behind the prosposed building. I am not looking forward to the construction phase, but that too will pass. I am interested in the opinions of the residents surrounding Butterfiled Nine. Seems like a comp that we can learn from.

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