Details Emerge on CAS Riegler Plan for NY Pizza Site on Pennsylvania Ave SE
by Larry Janezich
The developers of the NY Pizza Site at 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, met with some 20 nearby residents Thursday night to discuss plans for development of the site and to get initial feedback from the community.
The developer is CAS Riegler, a DC focused development company with some 18 developments under its belt, many in DC Historic Districts. CAS Riegler principal Kevin Riegler told attendees that the company wants to build a quality project that they will “own forever.”
Although the building is not yet in the design stage, Riegler said they are committed to respecting the character of the neighborhood, even though the site lies outside the Historic District.
The company will seek a Planned Unit Development (PUD) for the project, meaning they will seek a change in zoning to increase the density and height beyond what would otherwise be permitted in exchange for community amenities. The amenities will be negotiated by ANC6B after consultation with and on behalf of the community. Currently, 50 feet is the maximum building height for the site.
Other details of the project revealed Thursday night are as follows:
70 feet high
180,000 square feet
6 floors of 150 – 180 apartments – the mix of 1 and 2 or more bedrooms has not been determined
3 – 5 first floor retail spaces designed to appeal to local retailers – “hopefully food and beverage”
50 parking spaces
It will be 15 – 24 months before ground is broken
Construction will take 18 – 24 months.
The developers say they are “acutely aware” of what happened in the Hine PUD, and want to avoid that. To that end, they have offered to meet residents “in a coffee shop or at your kitchen table” to address their concerns.
According to the developer, Thursday night’s power point presentation will be available shortly on the firm’s website, here: Those who cannot attend may comment on the project at the firm’s website, here: http://casriegler.com/projects/1401penn
Interested parties may also comment on the project at this site.