Proposal Unveiled to Develop Former Frager’s Paint Store Parcel at 12th and Pennsylvania, SE
by Larry Janezich
Tuesday night, ANC6B’s Planning and Zoning Committee heard representatives of PGN Architects present a proposal for the redevelopment of 1123-1129 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, a series of retail shops which include the former Frager’s Paint store, an Asian restaurant, and Pizza Iole.
PGN Architect Jeff Goins described the proposal as a very early concept, intended to brief the Committee on the intent of the property’s owner. No formal actions toward redevelopment have yet been taken, but over the next couple of months, the architects will take the proposal before the Historic Preservation Review Board and meet with the community to explain the details of the project. Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg, in whose single member district the project resides, will host community meetings where PGN Architects will explain the details of the proposed development, which lies in the Capitol Hill Historic District.
The proposal would comprise 30 to 32 residential units with 5,000 square feet of ground floor retail. .
The reaction of the Committee to the proposal was generally positive, with Chair Nick Burger expressing his personal reaction to the proposed design, calling it “cool, not boring, distinctive….punchy.” The architects had considered a more conventional approach along the lines of Butterfield House, but had opted for another design inspired by modern structures in historic neighborhoods in Paris and Lisbon, as well as the Stanton Development building at 7th and Pennsylvania which houses Le Pain Quotidien.