Madison Investments’ proposal for a new four-story, 48-unit condo building at the corner of 11th and I streets, SE in Capitol Hill received support for its initial design concept from Historic Preservation Office staff in advance of the Historic Preservation Review Board meeting Sept. 18.
The new development will bring residential use to a parking lot and car service station at 900 11th St. SE. This is Madison’s first foray into Southeast Capitol Hill.
“The site as it is now is obviously not being used to its maximum potential” Omeade Hekmat, a development manager for Madison Investments, told District Source.
Historic Preservation Office (HPO) staff recommend that the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) find the proposal “compatible” with the Capitol Hill historic district so long as the developers and their architects from PGN Architects continue to work with HPO staff to refine several facade details staff felt needed more work.
The four story building as proposed would sit above a raised basement, meaning the first level of the residential project will not be at street level. To relate to nearby rowhouses common to Capitol Hill the entrances for several units will be rowhouse style and the facade would be largely brick. There will be a roof deck covering the penthouse equipment and a green roof on another section of the roof.
Several areas for refinement based on the staff report include:
- The rooftop projection, which the staff report described as a ” single large projection,” is not common for Capitol Hill, so staff suggest breaking it up into smaller sections of projection over the end of the roof line to “reduce the scale of the building and animate the long flat elevations.”
- Because the first floor of the building is raised above ground level, the design is too heavy in the middle section, according to staff. They suggest “language of the middle section down to the first floor.”
- The penthouse should be reduced in size and pulled in from the sides to meet the 1:1 requirement (that the penthouse unit be set back at a ratio equal to its height).
- Staff want more detail on how the stairs and windows relate to the ground, the amount of green space and the way the building meets the sidewalk. Staff also call for a fence or screen to block to view of rear parking from the sidewalk.
You can read the full staff report here.
*Rendering courtesy of PGN Architects.Comments