A mixed-use development project at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and 15th Street, Southeast, may be one step closer to construction if developers receive approval from Capitol Hill’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission next Tuesday.
Developers presented revised plans to the ANC6B’s Planning and Zoning Committee earlier this week. The project keeps the building’s 21 apartment units intact, but would downsize ground-floor retail space — from 3,000 to 2,600 square-feet — to accommodate a bike locker room and a building curtailment that would widen the adjacent alley by two feet.
The proposed project is within walking distance to the Potomac Avenue Metro Station and would replace a boarded-over KFC restaurant. The KFC could be razed in five to six months if the city approves permits, said Paul Millstein, who is overseeing construction for Douglas Development.
For the last few weeks, Douglas met with ANC members and Hill East residents to address community concerns. The main issue has been the location and access of parking for the building.
In the revised plans presented on Tuesday, developers met a request made by the District Department of Transportation to seal off an existing curb cut on Pennsylvania Avenue and place residential parking at the rear of the building.
The plans still call for a seven-car garage.
To address community concerns about street-level parking, Douglas said they would prevent building residents from receiving residential permit parking in the neighborhood.
“On the parking issue, we may try to seek city council support to legislatively enforce parking on the street,” said Commissioner Brian Flahaven, a representative of the Hill East neighborhood.
Developers are also working with DDOT to move the location of a bus stop, which is located in front of the entrance to the apartments, said Millstein. The current plan is to move the stop no further than a block away.
A vote on the revised development plans will take place at next Tuesday’s ANC6B meeting.