Citizen Input Sought on a Variance for Proposed 8 unit Apartment Building Conversion Project (1328 Montello Ave NE)

 

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Citizens are encouraged to provide feedback on a proposed 8-unit apartment building project planned at 1328 Montello Ave NE in the Trinidad Neighborhood.  The developer is I.S. Enterprises Inc. and they are requesting a variance to build 2 additional units in their planned apartment building. The developer obtained demolition permits and building permits for a proposed third story addition and interior renovation of a single family dwelling to convert it to a 6-unit apartment building. Such a conversion is a matter of right because Trinidad is zoned R4, but the request to build 2 additional units requires review by the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) and a public BZA hearing.  As a part of the zoning variance process, citizens may testify in person at the hearing or submit written comments to the BZA supporting, or opposing the variance. 

According to the District’s Property Information Verification System (PIVS) the developer was issued 2 Stop Work Orders (SWO).  One SWO was issued for illegal construction without a permit, and the second SWO was issued for exceeding the scope of the building permit.  That is in keeping with one of the major concerns expressed by neighbors that the developer has essentially razed the entire structure instead of constructing a third story addition. The developer has not met with the ANC or community groups about the project. The per the BZA case record, the District’s Office of Panning recommends denial of the variance, and neighbors have submitted letters of opposition.

For more information please see the following:

Interested residents can submit written comments to the Board of Zoning Adjustment at bzasubmissions@dc.gov referencing case number 18759,  or testify at the BZA hearing on July 15 at 9:30 am at 441 4th Street NW in room 220 South.  For more information, contact the Office of Zoning at 202-727-6311.

The Trinidad Neighborhood Association provides the above information in the public interest due to general concerns expressed recently regarding building heights, increased density, and neighborhood parking capacity.

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Parking Variance for Proposed 45-Unit Project Approved by ANC 5D

On June 10, 2014 our Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5D voted in support of a zoning variance to allow local developer Ditto Residential LLC. to reduce the number of parking spaces for a proposed 4-story 45-unit apartment building at 1326 Florida Ave NE to 16 spaces. Current zoning regulations require a minimum of 23 parking spaces be provided based on the size of the building. Future zoning regulation revisions may lower the parking space requirement for a building of that size to only 15 spaces, therefore if the zoning changes are approved, then Trinidad will end up with one more parking space than will be required.

The District Department of Transportation verified that the new building’s residents would not be eligible for Residential Parking Permits (RPP) because the block is not eligible for RPP.  Also, the developer agreed to place a clause in their lease agreements that will prohibit its residents from seeking RPPs.

The building will use sustainable materials, and have many energy efficient elements including about 5,000 sq. ft. of green roof space.

The project will also create approximately six affordable housing units in accordance with DC law. That will results in a net gain of six affordable housing units where there currently are none.

For more information please see the following:

 Ditto Residential LLC.’s 1326 Florida Ave NE Project Overview

The full variance application documents can be viewed using the Board of Zoning Adjustment’s Interactive Zoning Information System case search (Case No. 18785). Once in the case, all documents can be found by clicking the “View Full Log” button.

Interested residents can submit written comments to the Board of Zoning Adjustment at bzasubmissions@dc.gov referencing case number 18785,  or testify at the BZA hearing on June 24 at 9:30 am at 441 4th Street NW in room 220 South.  For more information, contact the Office of Zoning at 202-727-6311.

 

Citizen Input Sought on Parking Variance for Proposed 45-Unit Project

Current 1-story building at 1326 Florida Ave, proposed site for 4-story 45-unit building

Current 1-story building at 1326 Florida Ave, proposed site for 4-story 45-unit building

 

Citizens have an opportunity to provide feedback on a proposed 45-unit apartment complex in the Trinidad Neighborhood.  Local developer Ditto Residential LLC is proposing a 4-story 45-unit apartment complex to replace the existing 1-story commercial building at 1326 Florida Ave NE.  The property is located next door to Engine 10, the local firehouse on Florida Avenue.

Current zoning regulations require a 45-unit development to have a minimum of 23 parking spaces for use by apartment residents to reduce impact on neighborhood parking capacity.  However, the developer has requested permission to build only 16 spaces for the 45 apartments, requiring review by the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) including a public BZA hearing.  As a part of the zoning variance process, citizens may submit comments to the BZA supporting or opposing the requested parking variance.  In addition, local ANC commissioner Tina Laskaris plans to hold a community meeting to discuss the project.

Citizens wishing to comment on the proposed parking variance, including support or opposition, may participate in all of the following ways:

  • Submit written comments to the Board of Zoning Adjustment at bzasubmissions@dc.gov referencing case number 18785,  or testify at the BZA hearing on June 24 at 9:30 am at 441 4th Street NW in room 220 South.  For more information, contact the Office of Zoning at 202-727-6311.
  • Attend ANC Laskaris’ local meeting to discuss the project on June 4th at 7pm at the Joe Cole Recreation Center, 1299 Neal Street NE. For more information, contact ANC Laskaris at 5D06@anc.dc.gov or 202-549-0153.
  • Attend the full ANC 5D meeting to express comments on June 10 at 7pm at the local MPD station at 1805 Bladensburg Road NE. For more information, contact ANC 5D Chair Henderson at 5D05@anc.dc.gov.

The Trinidad Neighborhood Association provides the above information in the public interest due to general concerns expressed recently regarding building heights, increased density, and neighborhood parking capacity.

May Meeting Agenda & Flyer

 

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Our May meeting is Tuesday May 27 at 7pm!  If you like, download the flyer here: TNA MAY Meeting flyer.

Weekly Zumba Class

Reminder: The Trinidad Recreation Center hosts a weekly Zumba Class every Wednesday from 7-9pm at 1310 Childress St NE, Washington, DC 20002. 

For more information, call 202-724-1294.

Minutes for April Meeting

TNA Board MEETING MINUTES

Date: 4/22/14

Location: Trinidad Recreation Center

 

ATTENDANCE: ~ 60 community members; ASL Interpreters; ANC members

 

Name Title Present
Officers    
Robby Mann-Thompson Chair Y
Cynthia Hartley Vice chair Y
Sejal Patel Secretary Y
Dawn Boutelle Treasurer Y
Board members    
Matt Ashburn Social media lead Y
Brian Camus   Y
Marqui Lyons   Y
Erika Marshall   N
Jamie Berryhill   Y

AGENDA:

 

Open Hands

  • TNA introduced Open Hands — the housing nonprofit that purchased a 4 bedroom unit on Oates Street.

Art in the Alley

  • Scheduled for May 10th

TNA introduced plans to conduct a Community Survey

  • TNA updated the community on status of community survey plans.
  • Community feedback on inputs for the survey included:

o   Issues with utilities – someone had their gas lines freeze in the winter

o   People dumping in yards of vacant properties

o   How can people get involved “Call to Action”– attend meeting, writing letters, volunteering.

 

Discussion with Councilman Kenyan McDuffie

  • DC budget approval process

o   $10.7 billion dollar budget FY 2015

o   Council votes on budget at end of May

o   Updated members on budget autonomy suit

  • Zoning issues and concerns –Zoning Regulation Review

o   Deadline for community input has been extended to September

o   Is aware of Ward 5 community’s widespread concerns about:

  • pop-ups,
  • reduced parking requirements for developers,
  • maintaining walkability,
  • maintaining livability for seniors (ward 5 has highest population of seniors)

o   Problems with “matter of right” with respect to pop-ups and other types of high-density and expanded housing and use of “variances” to control/oversee these developments

o   Discussed engagement with Zoning Commission chair Anthony Hood, and the willingness of zoning commission to engage the public/community

o   Described how DC Council has no direct authority over Zoning Commission

o   Encouraged Community to reach out to Zoning Commission and the Office of Planning with concerns/suggestions

o   Community raised concerns about effectiveness of DCRA in enforcing stop orders/legal challenges, etc.

o   Identified zoning studies – like those completed in Georgetown and Ledroit Park – as mechanisms for changing overall zoning

  • Effectiveness of Fire/EMS services

o   Hearings have been held to address recent events/deaths

o   Discussed problems under consideration by council, including staffing, hours, labor/management issues, resource allocations

o   Community expressed frustration with noise pollution from sirens; informed that there are strict protocols dictating when sirens can be used and may be a problem with enforcement.

  • Homelessness

o   Lack of adequate shelters for homelessness – noticeable issue over the course of the winter

o   Described legislation proposed to address some of the problem, e.g., defining minimum standards for shelters, etc.

 

Message from TNA chair

  • Chair of TNA reiterated the intent of TNA to prepare a letter to Zoning Commission with suggestion changes and requests.
  • Reminded community that membership is required to vote on and participate in developing zoning-related suggestions/requests/statements prepared by TNA.

o   11 new members recruited

Next meeting: April 22 at 7pm

Our next meeting is Tuesday April 22 at 7pm at the Trinidad Recreation Center (1350 Childress St NE).  We’ll hear from Councilmember McDuffie and also discuss the DC zoning regulations review, including draft recommendations to be submitted by the Trinidad Neighborhood Association.

 

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REQUEST FOR COMMENTS: Zoning Regulations Review (ZRR)

The District of Columbia Office of Planning (OP) is in the process of revising the District’s zoning regulations. The OP has prepared a Zoning Regulation Review (ZRR) summary for ANC 5D; Trinidad is in ANC 5D.  The proposed changes include: land use permissions; low density residential housing; parking; accessory apartments; alley lot housing; corner store; commercial zoning; industrial zoning; downtown; and campus / school plan proposed provisions.

As announced during our March meeting, the Trinidad Neighborhood Association (TNA) plans to submit written testimony commenting on the ZRR as it applies to the Trinidad neighborhood, and we need your input. Because the final comments are due to the Board of Zoning on April 25, 2014, we ask that you please review the ANC 5D ZRR summary and submit your comments to trinidadneighborhood@gmail.com (Subject: ZRR) by April 10th, 2014. Based on your input we will draft written testimony, and submit the final draft to our members for their approval.

DC Department of Housing and Community Development Projects in Trinidad

In 2011 the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) built on ongoing initiatives to develop a comprehensive strategy to address housing challenges in the Ivy City and Trinidad neighborhoods. The comprehensive strategy became the Ivy City and Trinidad Neighborhood Stabilization Initiative. In February, 2014 the DHCD announced the following:

Excerpt from the February Department of Housing and Community Development’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission Newsletter

Department of Housing and Community Development closed with Horizon Hill Holdings, LLC developer on the first week of February 2014 on the Trinidad properties, providing $904,380 in Neighborhood Stabilization Program funding. The project will provide nine affordable for purchase dwelling units for individuals and families whose incomes are 50 to 80% area median income. The units will be developed on five scattered sites in the Trinidad/Ivy City neighborhood in Northeast. The construction activity will include the rehabilitation of one multifamily building and new construction on 4 vacant lots. Exact Site Locations: 1214 Staples St NE; 1214 Montello Ave NE; 1259 Holbrook St NE; 1612 Montello Ave NE; 1663 Montello Ave NE. Image

 

 

Final Florida Ave. NE Traffic Safety Meeting – Wed., April 2 at 7PM Two Rivers Public Charter School

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is hosting a third and final public meeting to guide the Florida Avenue Multimodal Transportation Study.

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