WaPo: “A dorm for grown-ups? An unusual plan for shared living upsets the neighbors.”

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A dorm for grown-ups? An unusual plan for shared living upsets the neighbors.

By Tara Bahrampour, The Washington Post

February 20, 2017 at 5:10 PM 

When Mike Greenhalgh and his wife bought a 12-foot-wide brick house on Richardson Place NW four years ago, the alley’s tranquility was a key attraction. “This was a little gem of a street in D.C.,” Greenhalgh, a semi-retired engineer, said as he sat in a cozy back room warmed by afternoon sunlight. “It’s a little street from nowhere to nowhere.” 

But he and his neighbors worry that their bucolic enclave of early 20th-century rowhouses nestled between Shaw and LeDroit Park is about to be taken over by a 21st-century model of hipster living. A new development comprising three above-ground stories-plus-basements on what was once five empty lots is slated to become the first D.C. outpost of a company called Common Living, which will rent out 24 bedrooms on the premises.  

The Richardson Place Neighborhood Association, which formed last fall in response to the project, has filed an appeal asking the city’s Board of Zoning Adjustment to rescind the development’s building permit. The association also plans to ask the Advisory Neighborhood Commission for support at a meeting Tuesday, in advance of a zoning board hearing March 22.


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