Union Station Air Rights to be discussed at ANC6C PZ&E

On Wednesday evening at the ANC 6C Planning, Zoning, and the Environment committee meeting, the Committee will be discussing the Office of Planning’s zoning request (Case 09-021) for a Text and Map Amendment to create and implement a Special Zone over the Union Station tracks “Union Station Air Rights”. You can view the PDF of the proposal at the Office of Zoning’s website.

Akridge owns the air rights over the train tracks and has proposed the Burnham Place project for this space. OP’s proposed zoning change has some significant elements to it, including allowable height changes.

The PZE Committee meeting is open to the public. The meeting begins at 7pm at 635 Massachusetts Avenue NW (NPR). I’ve pasted the agenda below. The regular ANC meeting is next Wednesday, Feb. 10th at 7 pm at 214 Mass Avenue NE (Heritage Foundation).

ANC 6C Planning, Zoning, and Environment Committee
Draft Agenda

February 3, 2010 7:00 pm
NPR – Board Room West
635 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

  1. 612 A Street NE [BZA #17978] (Special Exceptions) Pursuant to 11 DCMR § 3104.1, for a special exception to construct a new accessory garage under section 223, not meeting the lot occupancy requirements (section 403), in the R-4 District at premises 612 A Street, N.E. (Square 867, Lot 98). Representative: Diane Embrey, owner and Jennifer Fowler, Architect; Hearing Date: 02/23/2010. [ANC 6C07]
  2. Gallaudet University-Denison House [ZC Case No. 03-02A] (Campus Plan) Application of Gallaudet University, pursuant to 11 DCMR §§ 210.1 and 3104.1, for special exception approval to amend an approved campus plan, and further processing under the amended campus plan, for conversion of Denison House from administrative to residential use, on property zoned R-4, with premises address of 800 Florida Avenue, N.E. (Parcel 141/69). Representative: Chris Collins Holland & Knight; Hearing Date: 02/25/2010
    [ANC 6C04].
  3. Union Station Air Rights– Text and Map Amendment to Create and Implement Union Station North (USN) Zone District [ZC Case No. 09-21] (Text Amendment, Map Amendment) The Office of Planning proposes to create a new stand-alone zone called Union Station North, or USN. USN would consist of bulk and design provisions, including height, density, parking, and street frontage requirements, as well as provisions necessary for the unique conditions associated with developing 14 acres over an active rail yard. USN would also establish a Zoning Commission design review and approval process, similar to that used in the Capitol Gateway Overlay, with a set of review criteria to evaluate development applications. The Office of Planning also proposes related text amendments to achieve the purposes of the USN zone and to properly administer applications submitted pursuant to the new zone. The proposed zone would only be applicable from the elevation of the air-rights lots and above. Most of the area of the air-rights lots begins at an elevation of 80 feet above sea level and a smaller percentage begins at 70 feet above sea level. The land below the air-rights lots would retain its C-M-3 and M zoning. Representative: Matthew Jesick, Office of Planning; Hearing Date: 03/15/2010. [ANC6C05].
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