Capitol Hill SE Safeway Development – Up to 320 Apartments Planned
By Larry Janezich
Representatives of Safeway and Foulger-Pratt, the developer they selected for the SE Safeway project, began to unveil the details of the proposed development Monday night at Hill Center.
Foulger-Pratt, who will purchase part of the site from Safeway, plans up to 320 apartments on three floors above the Safeway which will be relocated to occupy the entire north end of the ground floor. 60 to 70% of the units will be studio or one bedroom, following the trend toward smaller single tenant units evident in the nearby Capitol Courts in the 1200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, which plans 120 micro apartments. The Safeway project will rise to fifty feet, with a penthouse setback. Two additional retail spaces will occupy portions of the ground floor on the south end of the project.
The tentative time frame is to break ground in about 18 months with an 18 – 24 month construction time frame.
Two floors of underground parking will provide 194 spaces for Safeway (up from 150 now) and .5 parking spaces per unit of residential. The latter will be accessed via the alley behind Safeway; the former from a ramp off 14th Street, SE. The pedestrian entrance for the new Safeway will be at the corner of 14th and D Streets.
More details may be available when the developer’s public space application comes before ANC6B’s Planning and Zoning Committee at its November 1 meeting. The developer plans to eliminate the two curb cuts closest to the corner of 14th and D Streets, and move the other curb cut on 14th Street farther south. The reduction in curb cuts is designed to mitigate the traffic impact on the neighborhood.
The developer will not seek a Planned Unit Development (PUD) designation to increase density for the project. Even though the project is being built by right, the city requires a “Large Tract Review” (LTR) process for projects with more than 50,000 square feet of commercial space. This process involves review by multiple city agencies and the ANC to identify issues prior to the developer filing for a building permit. Foulger-Pratt hopes to submit the LTR to the Office of Planning in April, 2017.
The Planning and Zoning Committee will be chaired by Commissioner Nick Burger. Burger told CHC, “I thought the meeting tonight was constructive. There was a great turnout by engaged, constructive neighbors. The neighbors had a lot of questions, and the development team seemed ready to listen. To me it was an encouraging start to the larger process.”
For previous CHC post on the development of the SE Safeway, see here: http://bit.ly/2edWeUd