Local landscape architectural firm Oculus has designed the courtyard - the same firm that designed the Waterfront Station Metro plaza.The courtyard area will be shared between the church and apartment building with a seating area and a shallow pool that will be connected to the fellowship hall of the church. There will be a bosque of trees in the center of the courtyard and a paved area in front, facing Delaware Avenue. A landscaped buffer will be installed along Delaware Avenue to shield the outdoor space and provide some security. Existing trees will be maintained on three sides - Delaware Avenue, the western border with 240 M Street, and on the south. New landscaping will be planted on M Street. Parking will be accessed via Delaware Avenue and loading will be done on M Street. All main pedestrian entrances (for the church, community center, and apartment building) will be on M Street.
As a missional congregation, it reminds St. Matthew’s that they are sent by God to our community; it reminds St. Matthew’s and the community that the church is alive, growing, and branching out; and it reminds us that growth and life comes from being "attached" to the cross of Christ. The vine will also act as a dynamic "church sign" - changing the view of the church as the seasons change.
There will be approximately 25 garage spaces available. The church will offer the following elements:
- An attractive communal sacred space
- 10,000 SF of community space & meeting rooms
- Outdoor urban space & community gathering space (courtyard)
- Thurgood & Cecilia Marshall Southwest DC Community Center
- Sacred Grounds Cafe: "Coffee with a Purpose"
- Resource Room/Computer Center for after-school programming, adult education, and job training
A set-down hearing won't happen at least until October, so the ANC will have a chance to vote on the PUD application sometime this summer.
Renderings courtesy of Shalom Baranes Associates