The redevelopment of the St. Matthew’s lot at M Street and Delaware Avenue has taken another turn as the developers have a scheduled hearing with the Zoning Commission next month to extend the PUD for two years. Originally approved two years ago, the PUD became effective on November 30, 2012 when the Zoning Commission’s final order was published in the DC Register. The plan calls for a new St. Matthew’s Church at the corner of M Street and Delaware Avenue and a 220-unit rental apartment building planned by Trammell Crow.
It is likely that Trammell Crow will not use the full two years to apply for building permits, since the latest estimate for the start of construction is the second quarter of 2015 according to St. Matthew’s. However, the developer was not present at Monday’s ANC 6D meeting when the commission was to vote on the extension request. As a result, the commissioners have requested that the Zoning Commission delay their planned January 12 hearing until the ANC can hear from the developer. The Zoning Commission hearing is also scheduled the same day as the January ANC meeting, so none of the commissioners would be able to attend the hearing if it were held on that date. If the hearing isn't rescheduled, the commissioners will not support the request to extend the PUD.
Renderings courtesy of Shalom Baranes Associates