DC Urban Turf: “Shaw pop-up stalled for better design at Board of Zoning Adjustment” – 1551 3rd St NW

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Shaw Pop-Up Stalled for Better Design at Board of Zoning Adjustment

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Better Living Development wants to add a story to the red end-unit rowhouse above.

A planned Shaw pop-up supported by both the Office of Planning and the local ANC was delayed at the Board of Zoning Adjustment on Tuesday because a member of the board took issue with the design of the addition. The case is a good example of the problems the BZA may encounter as it attempts to follow newly-passed rules attempting to snuff out pop-ups.

Better Living Development LLC owns the two-story rowhouse in an R-4 district at 1551 3rd Street NW (map), which it purchased in January for $710,900. It plans to construct a 10-foot addition to the rowhouse. The addition will rise 34 feet above the roofline, about a foot less thanthe new allowable height in R-4 districts.

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A sketch of the proposed addition to the rowhouse.

On Tuesday, though, Better Living was asked to return before the board with more renderings and design improvements. They’ll appear before the board again on July 21.


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