Brand New Look for Watkins Alley in Hill East

Brand New Look for Watkins Alley in Hill East

The proposed Watkins Alley development on Hill East at has a new look with refined, simpler architectural features, a response to comments from the Zoning Commission this summer.

Watkins Alley will include 45 residences at 1309-1323 (rear) E St. SE and 516 (rear) 13th Street SE. The mixture of apartments and townhouses bounded by courtyards and other open spaces will provide 45 parking spaces.

“In principal the idea of the density they are talking about and the layout, I think it can work but it requires sensitivity and creativity in terms of how it is planned. And it requires a sensitive touch in terms of the architecture and how it relates to the context. I’m getting none of that here,” said Commissioner Peter May.

The Zoning Commission suggested the developers use fewer materials and change the design to better reflect the federal-style architecture of nearby townhouses.

“The applicant revised the architecture t be more unified and contextual with higher quality and fewer materials. The entire project has a uniform appearance that creates a more integrated style on all of the facades that is more sensitive to the neighborhood surrounding it,” the development team wrote in a letter to the Zoning Commission attached to their new designs.

The developers describe the updated project as “vintage industrial and victorian townhomes (plus a carriage house)” in a post on Facebook.

Before:

watkins alley

After:

Watkins Alley side view

Additional new views:

Updated carriage house design for Watkins Alley. Image from Facebook.

Updated carriage house design for Watkins Alley. Image from Facebook.

Updated courtyard view for Watkins Alley. Image from Facebook.

Updated courtyard view for Watkins Alley. Image from Facebook.

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