Tuesday, July 12, 2011

ANC 6D Approves Stage 1 PUD for The Wharf *

Updated: After two hours of discussion of The Wharf Stage One PUD, with a presentation by lead developer Monty Hoffman from the Hoffman-Madison Waterfront team and a question & answer period, ANC 6D voted unanimously to approve the application at their monthly meeting this evening.  That approval came with 27 conditions that need to be addressed by the Hoffman-Madison Waterfront team before they meet with the Zoning Commission next Monday. Below is a summary of the 27 concerns and conditions from the ANC resolution:

- bus traffic should be removed from Pier 4 and away from existing residential areas of Southwest, as well as the residential units planned at parcel 11 (St. Augustine's Church)
- a Plan B in case pending legislation in Congress to transfer jurisdiction of the Channel and the ability to allow homeownership along the waterfront do not pass
- a transition plan for residents of the Gangplank Marina
- a dedicated walkway along the Washington Channel of 20 feet
- residential housing at Pier 4 (about 26 townhouses are planned at the current site of the the Spirit Cruises pier) should maintain a minimum 10-foot setback from the existing waterside edges of the pier and not be higher than 45 feet
- the commercial pier structures should not exceed the height of the headhouse structure at Pier 4 except for a two-story office building planned
- the 5-acre Waterfront Park should be built in the first phase and the planned food pavilion should be lowered from 34.5 feet to 20 feet
- massing of buildings
- parcel 11 setbacks should be consistent with the residential buildings along M Street from 6th Street to 2nd Street
- the height of buildings near M Street Landing (parcels 9 and 10) and as the design of the new St. Augustine's Church blocks views along M Street towards the waterfront
- construction staging should be restricted on parcels 10, 11, the Waterfront Park, or any area south of M Street from 6th Street to the Titanic Memorial (basically any area adjacent to existing residential buildings)
- streetcars (no overhead wires along the waterfront and place flange fillers on the tracks until the streetcars are operational)
- no parking at the Waterfront Park nor along the private road leading to Pier 4
- transportation embellishments (bike parking, electric car charging stations, car sharing)
- maintain existing tree canopy along Maine Avenue and the pedestrian walkway between the Washington Channel and Tiber Island and Harbor Square
- restrict Internet gaming that was recently passed citywide by the City Council at The Wharf outside of personal residences
- liquor licenses (the ANC wants to maintain the ability to approve or deny individual liquor licenses)
- provide office space for SWNA and ANC for 20 years starting January 2019 similar to what is provided at Waterfront Station (that space is only available for 10 years)
- environmental issues - abide by federal and District regulations regarding storm water runoff
- create kinetic, programmable recreational spaces for all ages throughout the development, especially toward the western end and the many mews and passageways
- restrict flexibility of future phases on parcels 6, 7, and 8
- create a 37 foot setback along the Maine Avenue side of parcel 7 - similar to the Waterside Towers Townhouses across the street
- placement of the Titanic Memorial and Maine Lobsterman statue within the development
- memorialize commitments to Ward 6 residents from the land disposition agreement between the city and Hoffman-Madison Waterfront
- create an advisory committee with members from the ANC, CBCC, SWNA, and other neighborhood stakeholders to enforce workforce development and jobs, 5% of the 35% Certified Business Enterprises requirement be procured from Ward 6, and housing affordability and diversity with a preference for Ward 6 residents
- help with the planning and implementation of a community center
- transportation issues - a comprehensive traffic study of the Maine Avenue-M Street corridor needs to be conducted

Several of these concerns have already been addressed since the resolution was written last week, but the ANC wanted to include all of these items in anticipation for the Zoning Commission meeting next week.

As a refresher to what the ANC voted on this evening, a Phase One PUD application looks at the following aspects of a given development:
  • General site, landscape and development plan
  • Development areas including height, density, and massing
  • Public parks, open space, and roadways are identified
  • Parking and loading access and impacts on the existing neighborhood
  • Overall project amenities 
The Wharf aims to transform the Southwest Waterfront into a lively mixed use neighborhood with office, residential, retail, open space, marinas, and cultural uses.  See a general description of the plan here. Some more details about what is planned at parcel 2, or the Wharf Center concert venue, were mentioned at the ANC meeting.  The Wharf Center will be located to the northeast of the intersection of 9th Street and Maine Avenue. This 2,500-seat venue will host events between 150 and 200 nights a year, including concerts, performances, and possibly the Washington Kastles. The high use of this facility is similar to the scheduled use of the Verizon Center, but at a smaller scale. It will be developed during the first phase of development, along with parcels from 7th Street to 9th Street, as well as parcel 11 and the Waterfront Park on the southeastern edge of the development.  Parcel 1 and the area by the Fish Market will be done in Phase II, while the area from 7th Street to Pier 4 will be done in Phase III.

The Zoning Commission will meet on Monday, July 18th at 6:30pm (located at 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 220-S) to discuss the PUD.  Those who wish to testify for or against the PUD can contact Dana Hanousek before the 18th at Donna.Hanousek@DC.gov or 202-727-0789 and provide your name, your desire to testify in support or opposition to the Southwest Waterfront Plan, Case No. 11-03, your telephone number, and a request for confirmation you are on the list.  After the PUD goes through the Zoning Commission, the public process for the Waterfront Park will begin in the fall. Around the same time, a luxury hotel operator will be announced for parcel 3, which will also be where the Graduate School USA will be located. A Stage II PUD application for specific buildings in Phase I of development will begin in late 2011/early 2012. Construction is set to begin on Phase I by the end of 2012.

Renderings courtesy of Hoffman-Madison Waterfront


IMGoph said...

before anyone gets too worried about overhead wires for the streetcars, let me just post a few photos from another streetcar line that runs along an urban waterfront - the embarcadero in san francisco - to show that they won't blot out the sun:

at a turn/crossing of lines

another corner where overhead wires would be densest

on the road

and another


another "dense" bit of wires

you can't even see the trees here :)

wireless would be great, but if not, it's probably not the end of the world. but maybe it is the end of the world, i'm not smart enough to know what brings on armageddon...

Will said...

SWNA and the ANC already have office space which is centrally located for the neighborhood in the new buildings at the Waterfront Metro station. Why do they need space in the Wharf?

Bob Craycraft, Executive Director, Waterfront Gateway Neighborhood Association said...

Will: The current space in 1101 Fourth Street is only made available to ANC and SWNA for a ten years period through a Community Benefits agreement. The request for space at the Wharf is to coincide with when the space at 1101 Fourth reverts to whomever owns the building at that time.

Bob Craycraft, Executive Director, Waterfront Gateway Neighborhood Association said...

IM Goph: DDOT was awarded a $1 million grant from the US DOT to study an under-street system. At this point, I absolutely oppose overhead wires along Seventh Street, but would reconsider my position if it came to a go/no-go issue after the study is complete.

Stacy said...

While a streetcar might be nice, it is MANY years away. I'd like to see the ANC push the developers to support bus transit to the area in the meantime--either the Circulator or a 70/71 that actually goes to SW (the 74 will not run on evenings and weekends--peak times for people to visit the Wharf).

Bob Craycraft, Executive Director, Waterfront Gateway Neighborhood Association said...

Staci: My information is that the 74 will run until 1am seven days a week, Dr. Gridlock had it incorrectly as 8pm back in June. DDOT has said the Circulator will **likely** return in October 2013, that the service is suspended pending waterfront development versus terminated. One of the benefits of the new 74, we are told, is it having the flexibility to do special event service "loops" to Kastles Stadium and otherwise serve the waterfront during this interim period. We shall see.

Will said...

Bob: Good to know. Thank you.