Ward 3 Vision’s Testimony (Word doc)
April 12, 2007, Public Hearing
Akridge, a DC-based development company, is proposing a new mixed-use building at 5220 Wisconsin Avenue NW, at a used-car lot between Harrison and Jenifer Streets. It is approximately 300 feet from the Friendship Heights metro station. (See map)
Ward 3 Vision is actively working with Akridge to ensure that our community receives maximum benefit from this development.
5220 Wisconsin today
(often called the Buick site)
of the new building
|Photos courtesy of Akridge|
Akridge’s proposal includes a building with 55-70 condos (7% will be affordable units) and ground floor retail. It will be LEED-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and have features such as a green roof and stormwater filtration.
Akridge will also make streetscape improvements such as planting trees, re-paving the sidewalk, and sprucing up the blank Pepco facade next door to make it an attractive building to walk past.
This project is currently awaiting final approval by the DC Zoning Commission. The public hearings on the proposal were held in March and April 2007.
This project will bring our community:
- A revitalized, safer block to walk along just steps from the Metro;
- New neighborhood-serving shops or a restaurantwhere we can take our kids and encounter our neighbors (not “destination” retail like Mazza Gallerie);
- A mixed use building that will add vibrancy to Wisconsin Avenue. The building will have retail on the ground floor with residential above.
- One of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the city and DC’s first LEED-certified residential building;
- Improvements to the Pepco façade; Akridge is proposing to remove the bricks from the Pepco façade windows to showcase local art and community announcements;
- A balance of housing choices in Ward 3; approx. 7% of the condos will be designated as affordable housing units; and,
- New residents who will have easy access to public transportation and car sharing vehicles; any residents with cars will park in an underground garage and will not be allowed to get residential parking permits. Bicycle facilities will also be provided to residents and retail employees.