In July 2017, the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) approved the plans for a brand new residential building at 2300 16th Street NW, directly beside Meridian Hill Park. As first reported by UrbanTurf, the developer is now moving forward to attain zoning approvals for the project.
“The project is by-right when considering the development envelope allowed by the RA-4-zoned portion of the site along 16th Street; however, the site is partially zoned RA-2 and will therefore need a special exception to allow the RA-4 massing to extend 35 feet west of that zone’s boundaries.”
The new building will replace a surface parking lot with an 111-unit apartment building with 9,266 square feet of office and meeting space for the Meridian International Center (MIC). There will also be 72 vehicular spaces in a two-level, below-grade garage.
Since it was proposed, there have been many alterations to the design. Originally, the proposal called for 140 units. At one point, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1C urged the HPRB to take off at least one floor from the project. In response to this request, HPRB member Brian Crane said, “It seems to me that removing a single story is kind of neither here nor there. I don’t think it makes that much of an impact.”
The location is only a couple blocks from a Harris Teeter, Busboys & Poets, and U Street Corridor.
The developer is Westbrook Partners, while the architect is Perkins Eastman. No date has been set yet for the Board of Zoning Adjustment hearing.
For a look at older renderings of the project, check out this Curbed DC article.
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