Monday, February 13, 2012

ANC Unanimously Supports St. Matthew's PUD Application


At tonight's ANC 6D meeting, representatives from Trammell Crow, CSG Urban Partners, St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church, and Shalom Baranes Associates came to the commission to seek their support for the St. Matthew's PUD submission. The PUD includes the development of a new St. Matthew's Church at the corner of Delaware Avenue and M Street, an 8 & 11-story apartment building shaped in the letter L with approximately 220 units, and a community center named the Thurgood and Cecilia Marshall Southwest Community Center.  Details on the development can be found here.  

Some changes have been made to the PUD since last year, especially the community benefits portion of the development. There will be a 1/3 acre landscaped courtyard on top of the parking garage that will be open to the public from dawn until dusk and the opening from Delaware Avenue has been widened from six feet to 12 feet. The loading has been moved from M Street to the parking garage on Delaware Avenue in an underground loading facility.  Parking concerns have been addressed by offering four electric car parking stations, 80 bike parking spaces, 2-3 Zip Car spaces, and residents of the apartments will not qualify for Residential Parking Permits (RPP), similar to the newer multifamily buildings in Near SE. The setback along M Street has been increased from 22 feet to 24 feet to provide for more open space.  Ten percent of the housing will be set aside for households earning up to 80% of Area Median Income (AMI). Trammell Crow will contribute towards the installation of a fence around the vegetable gardens grown at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School by Kid Power DC. In addition, a donation will be made to Casey Trees to plant trees in the median along M Street, as well as a $20K donation to the Near SE/SW Community Benefits Coordinating Council (CBCC) to help the organization in its support of community programs.  The CDC formed to run the proposed community center will have a board member serve on the board of the CBCC and vice versa.  

The ANC supported the PUD application, but excluded the CBCC donation in its approval. However, the donation was offered by the developer, not by the ANC, so it will still be offered as part of the application to the Zoning Commission.

Rendering courtesy of Shalom Baranes Associates

4 comments:

Craig said...

And what about parishioner parking? Is this going to be another case of cars illegally parking in the lane of traffic as they do at Canal & M a block away, or illegally double park down Delaware Ave? Will the First District police allow cars to illegally diagonally park on Delaware Ave? These are concerns that need to be addressed.

SWill said...

Craig: There will be 25 garage spaces for parishioners with an entrance to the church from the garage.

Bob@weller.org said...

I'm concerned that an 11-story building will block Capitol Views from the Carrollsburg high-rise where I live. Who would be the contact for this project to provide an analysis of that?

Bob@weller.org said...

Pastor Huber was good enough to send me some drawings of the proposed project. It appears that the 11-story apartment is build right up to the property line (zero setback) that abuts Carrollsburg.