Time Running Out for Old KFC Outlet on Pennsylvania Avenue, SE – Development Garners Support from Crucial Committees

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Time Running Out for Old KFC Outlet on Pennsylvania Avenue, SE – Development Garners Support from Crucial Committees

by Larry Janezich

Thursday night, the Capitol Hill Restoration Society’s Zoning Committee recommended that the full CHRS Board approve Douglas Development’s request to relax two zoning requirements, necessary to allow subsequent Zoning Board approval which will permit work to begin on a 21 unit residential complex with 2600 square feet of retail on the first floor at 1442 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.  The corner site is currently occupied by an empty Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet.  Two of the units (10% of the total) will fall under the inclusionary housing requirements for new project construction, meaning that they will be available to moderate and low income tenants or owners.  The project’s architect, Sasha Rosen, of R2L Architects, said that ideally, a café would be located in the ground floor retail space.

In response to neighbors’ concern over limited street parking, the developer requested that the requirement to provide 11 off-street parking spaces be relaxed.  In addition, with the developer’s approval, ANC6B Commissioners are working with City Council to permit the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to remove specific addresses from the Residential Permit Parking (RRP) database in order limit the number of parking permits available to future residents of the development.  The developer feels that the transportation needs of many of the prospective tenants or owners will be satisfied by bicycles and the Potomac Metro Station, which is one block away.  The other variance involved a minor relaxing of a roof structure requirement.

The action last night forwards the issue to the full Restoration Society Board when it meets on Tuesday, September 20.  Last Tuesday night, ANC6B’s Planning and Zoning Committee approved the zoning requests of the developer, forwarding the issue to the full ANC6B meeting on Tuesday, September 13.

Following approval in those two venues, the issue will move forward to the city’s Zoning Board.  Since the location lies outside the Capitol Hill Historic District, there are no historic preservation issues to consider.

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