Thursday, January 14, 2016

Stadium District Lofts Planned for Buzzard Point


The type of small-scale infill development currently lacking in most of Southwest is coming to Buzzard Point. A Zoning Commission application was recently submitted for Stadium District Lofts, an eight-unit apartment building planned by SW resident Tyler Merkeley at 1542 1st Street, located between Lucky Kabob Indian Restaurant and High Road Primary & Middle School. The proposed project is located within the Capitol Gateway Overlay, hence the need for the application. In addition, the project sponsor is requesting a variance to not include parking due to the small lot size and access constraints since there is no alley. In lieu of vehicle parking, a total of 11 bike parking spaces will be provided – three long-term and eight short-term. 

Stadium District Lofts is planned as a five-story building (the application says four-story, but the rendering appears to be five stories) with a brick fa├žade on the east and west elevations. On the north and south elevations, the material will be fiber-cement board panels – these two sides of the building will likely be covered over time by eventual development of the lots to the north and south - the Zoning Commission statement from the applicant states the Lucky Kabob/Shulman’s site is currently for sale. The unit mix will include one 1BR, five 2BRs, and two 3BR units. Green features include a bio-retention rain garden and the potential for a green roof, which would qualify this project for LEED-Silver certification. 

The proposed project would replace a fire-damaged single-family home that is in the process of being razed. The owner of a rowhouse around the corner from this site on Q Street applied for a raze permit recently and it’s likely a denser residential development will be planned there as well. This is one of several planned developments on Buzzard Point, which is starting to get attention since DC United decided to locate their new soccer stadium in the neighborhood. 

A hearing is scheduled for Stadium District Lofts on St. Patrick’s Day.

Rendering courtesy of TMASSHLDG, LLC

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