Another building can be added to the list of new projects coming to the Meridian Hill Neighborhood. Jair Lynch Development Partners, developer of Solea Condominium just a few blocks away, is proposing a 95-unit, 9-story residential building at the corner of 15th and V Street NW. The building, designed by WDG Architecture PLLC, is proposed on a portion of the existing parking lot for the Paul Lawrence Dunbar Apartment Complex which is home to affordable housing for senior citizens. Click here for an enlargement of the proposed building.
At the June 21, 2011 MHNA meeting, Jair Lynch told those present that he has been working with the Senior Residents in the existing Apartment Building for the past two years to develop the plan and was able to acquire the property in 2010. The Project will maintain affordable senior housing in the existing building and develop a new building on a portion of the existing parking lot. Lynch noted that the existing apartment complex for seniors will be receiving an interior face lift, with upgrades to resident's units, common space, and upgrades to their elevator as part of the project. The outdoor area for the existing Apartment Building will also be redesigned for residents and will incorporate more green space. In addition, Lynch noted that the HUD status of the existing building will be extended, ensuring that affordable senior housing is able to remain at the Paul Lawrence Dunbar Apartment Complex.
According to WDG, their design incorporates elements found in the surrounding neighborhood, using lighter color materials found in the adjacent church and other surrounding buildings. The building's entrance is proposed on 15th Street with flats proposed along the V-Street Frontage. Two levels of underground parking are proposed, accessible in the rear of the building on V Street. A portion of the parking lot behind the existing Apartment Building will remain for those residents. Click here for the proposed Site Plan. According to Lynch, the project will be done by-right as the current apartment building is below the allowable Floor to Area Ratio (FAR) for the parcel.
According to Lynch and the President of the Lawrence Dunbar Apartment Complex Association, residents of the existing complex endorse the project.
The Project has been submitted to the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) for review. Tentatively, the project will be presented during the 7/28 HPRB public hearing. Information on upcoming public HPRB meetings can be found here.