Thursday, November 15, 2007

HPRB Approves 13th and W Project

Today, the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) voted to approve a development plan from Four Points LLC, converting a quarter of a block of land at 13th and W Streets, SE, into 23, three-story townhouses (pictured above). HPRB's approval was needed because of a single historic structure on the property, "the dilapidated and fire-damaged 1242 W Street, SE" according to an HPRB staff report from September 27. The next step will require Four Points to sit before the Board of Zoning Appeals in February.

To comply with HPRB recommendations, Four Points and PGN Architects PLLC must repair the historic house and move it forward to the street-line. Developers submitted drawings that illustrate a "still more close reconstruction of the original," according to HPRB findings. In addition, HPRB instructed that the surrounding townhouses be constructed in a manner "evocative of the Victorian era" (minus widespread typhus and frilly bonnets, presumably).

In a further attempt to preserve the historic site, Four Points proposed the construction of an alley to dichotomize the block; HPRB and Four Points collaborated to create an "L shaped" alley to serve the community and still maintain a historic feel, a characteristic of the historic area, especially within commercial blocks. That proposal has subsequently been approved by HPRB.

While the details are still being worked out, Four Points will continue to work alongside the Office of Planning to maintain historical accuracy. The February Board of Zoning Appeals hearing will review the lot width requirements for each of the 23 structures.


Jesse Kaye on Nov 16, 2007, 1:12:00 AM said...

....and they couldnt have chosen a more secure site. The project is just down the street from Poplar Point development (and hopefully the future site of DC United). With all of the development in Southeast DC, this site, in my opinion, has the strongest potential for equity growth over the next 3-5 years and it sure will make a wonderful addition to the transitioning neighborhood.

If I'm not mistaken, this was released at the HPO meeting in late October...when they also approved the new community center on Kenilworth.

Thanks again for the update. As an aside, the public record for 1242 W St SE says that the lot is zoned R4 and is only 3120 square feet and is addressed to W STREET ACQUISITION LLC. Are there other lots included in the development?

Anonymous said...

It looks like a good plan to redevelop a very underutilized block in the Anacostia HIstoric District. The "alley dwellings" seem large though. Alley dwellings in capitol Hill, etc are usually like carriage houses etc that are smaller than the main houses they are associated with.

The developer ought to consider that.

Anonymous said...

any idea how much they will be?

IMGoph on Nov 18, 2007, 8:09:00 AM said...

i saw this headline and thought i was going to be reading something about 13th and W NW (there's an obvious NW bias in everything DC, eh?) anyway, a better title might have been "HPRB Approves 13th and W SE Project". sounds pretty nice though!

monkeyrotica on Nov 19, 2007, 9:46:00 AM said...

Ditto imgoph. I read it and thought, "Hey, that's right around where I used to live on 13th and Florida." Then I read the "SE" part in the article.

Ken on Nov 20, 2007, 5:37:00 PM said...

Hehe, a little slight of hand to get you northwesterners to acknowledge that there is another quadrant in this city. Or is it 2 other quadrants?

IMGoph on Nov 20, 2007, 7:03:00 PM said...

hey, i know this blog has done a good job of covering development everywhere in the city (all 4 quadrants) as well as outside of the city as well. i'm aware of, and paying attention to, stuff outside of the NW quadrant as much as anyone else. i actually kind of figured that, without a quadrant qualifier, this post was referring to NW, as most blogs in this city do when they don't specifically say SE, NE, or SW.

Anonymous said...

This kind of development says it all. The Anacostia historic district is a great buy right now. Where else can you get a Victorian single family for less that $300K in DC? And it's only a 10 minute drive to Capitol Hill. Or just take the bus/metro. Anacostia is reclaiming it's past and that's nice to see.

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