Credit: S2 Development/Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects

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In the era of the D.C. streetcar, construction along Benning Road marches ever closer toward the Anacostia River.

A five-story apartment building to feature 31 units and a penthouse is proposed to replace a tire shop at the intersection of Benning Road and 21st Street NE, according to documents filed to the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment this week. D.C.-based real estate company S2 Development says the project will have “Art Deco” influences and is expected to open in 2018. The firm’s application notes that the site is located next to “a large, open space on a property occupied by a Verizon utility building which is forty feet away from the proposed penthouse.” The 19,000-square-foot building would occupy 3,800 feet of its lot, S2 Development says.

“The applicant is providing quality residences in place of an auto-repair shop,” the documents add. “The proposed bulk will be comparable to the surrounding properties.” Other than the Verizon facility to the site’s east, those include row houses to the south across an alley, retail to the west, and an apartment to the north.

The units will range from efficiencies to two bedrooms with two bathrooms, floor plans filed with BZA show. The site is two blocks east of a D.C. streetcar stop at 19th Street and Benning Road NE and directly across the latter from an X2 bus stop. The project has been designed by Bennett, Frank, McCarthy Architects, Inc.

It’s the latest in a series of developments proceeding east along H Street and Benning Road. In October, an affiliate of Valor Development filed plans for a nine-story, mixed-use building at 16th Street NE and Benning. That project is anticipated to bring upwards of 300 apartment units, 7,000 square feet of retail, and a community garden across from the Hechinger Mall.

Credit: S2 Development/Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects

Credit: S2 Development/Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects