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At Long Last, Church Street Micro-Units (Barely) Gain Approval

Finally, walk-in closets big enough for your bed, a chair, and a kitchenette are coming to Logan Circle. After a year of tense negotiations with the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA), developers Gregg Busch and Brook Rose finally received the green light for their micro-unit project planned for the 1400 block of Church Street NW. The motion passed 3-2 on Tuesday, with chairman Lloyd Jordan and vice chairman Kathryn Allen dissenting. Construction on the 27-unit project should begin in the next few months with a late 2015 delivery.

The point of contention for the BZA's approval was parking and certainly this spring, it seemed like Rose and Busch were in hearings with the board proposing their case at least once a month. The originally car-free plan ultimately evolved to include four parking spaces in the back of the project, two guest parking spaces in nearby lots, as well as car- and bike-share memberships for the duration of every new tenant's lease. A similarly car-free development south of U Street, 14th & Wallach, was approved back in October.
· Logan Circle Micro-Units Eke Out Support from Zoning [UrbanTurf]
· Low Parking Doesn't Fly for Proposed Logan Circle Complex [CDC]
· 14th & Wallach to be Built with No Parking [UrbanTurf]
Katherine Jessup