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A group of residents is contesting the development of a proposed co-living space on a small, alley-like block in Truxton Circle, alleging that the team behind it has violated zoning rules.
This week, the Richardson Place Neighborhood Association filed an appeal with the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment, seeking to have a pair of building permits issued in September by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs—for 410–412 Richardson Place NW—rescinded. In April, the site’s previous owner sold the land and prefab structures he’d installed there to Oaktree Development, an Arlington-based firm that has partnered with New York startup Common to open a shared-living project with 24 bedrooms. Common “members,” typically young professionals, pay for short-term leases that include utilities, furniture, weekly cleaning, and other amenities. The business’ inaugural D.C. property, which has not yet opened, is three-stories.