Friday, April 27, 2007

Capitol Place Approved, But Upzoning Denied

On April 11, the Near Northeast advisory neighborhood commission (ANC 6C) – while voting unanimously for Dreyfus Properties’ mixed-use Capitol Place project between Second and Third and G and H Streets NE – denied the developer’s request that a portion of the property be “upzoned” for taller and denser construction, saying the proposed scale would set an unwanted precedent for future construction along H Street, and tower over the nearby residential townhouses. Capitol Place, across from the new Senate Square, is projected to have 314 condos (15% set aside for affordable housing), 24,500 sf of retail space, and 380 parking spaces. Dreyfus was looking to have the northwest corner of the project upzoned to allow the construction of a 110-foot tower to match the symmetry of Senate Square. The DC Zoning Commission is next expected to review Dreyfus’ project application on May 7.
[Update (4/31): New rendering of project (h/t: pingo in comments).]


pingo said...

Not to mention the design of that building. It contrasts SOOOOOOOOO much with the Senate Square/Children's Museum structures that it's an eyesore.

If I'm not mistaken, the design of the building has gone back to the drawing board for some substantive modifications to the facade.

Nick on Apr 27, 2007, 12:44:00 PM said...

I am trying to locate a newer image, as you say the design has changed. Will hopefully post if/when we get one - thanks!

dgarbs said...

there is a big post about this on

pingo said...

There's some pix from February here:

Nick on Apr 27, 2007, 2:11:00 PM said...


Thanks for the link - those are more recent and accurate, though I wish the quality was better ... hard to get a good feel of the project's look based on the renderings we are seeing.

pingo said...

My pleasure! I agree. I hope we'll be seeing more on May 7.

p.s. love this blog!

pingo said...

Here's a link with six pictures.
You have to wait for the little ad in the middle to stop counting backwards before downloading:

Chris on May 1, 2007, 3:31:00 PM said...

So they nixed the tower, which would give the building some interest, and prevent it from being another flat top like every other building in DC?

I love ANCs.

pingo said...

Yeah. The design REALLY needs to go through some fundamental changes.

I think that's the ANC's idea. If I'm not mistaken, they have to come back with another design.

Let's see what happens next.

I definitely liked the tower.

I would really hate to be a developer in DC.

Nick on May 2, 2007, 10:29:00 AM said...

Having worked with developers the past few years, I can definitely second your lament - the number of hoops to jump through to build something notable is staggering!


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