At last night’s ANC 6B Planning & Zoning Committee, NOVO Development presented updated plans for their proposed residential building at 1550 Pennsylvania Avenue SE. Here are links to the updated plans and some new diagrams related to loading and Freedom Way:
Summary of key changes/new information
- NOVO changed the configuration of parking garage entrance so it is closer and oriented towards Kentucky Ave SE. Design makes it impossible for vehicles to turn into garage from Freedom Way. Entrance to Freedom Way will be widened to at least 15 feet (currently 10 feet wide).
- To accommodate garage entrance, NOVO removed two units. The proposed building will now have 81 apartments.
- Freedom Way will be significantly widened near the location of the building’s loading berth, allowing trucks to proceed to the building and out of Freedom Way with minimal turns and movements. NOVO is granting an easement to the city to allow for the widening of Freedom Way.
- The loading berth has been shifted south so that it is not directly behind the rowhouses on Kentucky Ave SE.
- The parking variance request remains the same. NOVO is providing 30 spaces (zoning requires 41) – 22 below ground and 8 along Freedom Way. 28 bike spaces are also provided. NOVO will include a transportation information center in the building to connect tenants to transit options and plans to try to bring in car share service.
- Bill Schultheiss of Toole Design Group, NOVO’s transportation consultant on the project, said that there are current locations in the immediate vicinity of the building that could be converted to provide additional on-street parking. For example, 11 on-street parking spots on the 1500 block of Pennsylvania Ave SE could be made available once the existing curb cuts into the property are removed. NOVO said they would urge DDOT to add these spaces and allow vehicles to park in them at all times (currently there are rush hour restrictions).
The committee voted to recommend that the commission support NOVO’s requests for a special exception related to the height of the mechanical penthouse and the loading variance. The committee voted to take no position pending additional information and discussion on the parking variance. ANC 6B will take a final vote on the zoning relief requests during the commission’s April meeting on Tuesday, April 9, 7 pm at the Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE.
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Updated 4/4/13: Here are links to more detailed plans and documents from NOVO Development.
- Updated building plans (pdf) shared at ANC 6B Planning & Zoning Committee meeting – these have more detail than the plans provided in the above link.
- Rendering of Pennsylvania Ave facade (pdf) – this is an initial rendering of just a single facade but provides a sense of the building’s design.
- Shadow study (pdf) requested by neighbors
Greg Selfridge of NOVO Development also asked that I encourage residents with additional questions or comments to contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.