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In another sign that development is creeping farther east of the H Street NE corridor, a company has submitted plans to construct a large, mixed-use building directly across from the Hechinger Mall, where a church and parking lots now stand.
Valor Benning—an affiliate of “Uber room”-pioneering Valor Development—has filed a proposal with the D.C. Zoning Commission for more than 300 apartment units, up to 7,000 square feet of first floor retail, an underground garage with upwards of 100 spaces for cars and bikes each, and a 3,800-square-foot community garden at 1603–1625 Benning Road NE. The site consists of eight lots formerly owned by the Trinidad Baptist Church, spread across 46,000 square feet. The planned unit development includes a nine-story building on Benning Road and a three-story one on 16th Street. The larger building would step down to 80- and 50-feet-tall on its south side (toward Gales Street) while the smaller building wouldn’t exceed 40-feet-tall.
In its filing, the developer describes the project as “perfectly situated to spark revitalization” along Benning Road, similar to what’s already been seen on the U Street NW and H Street NE corridors. “Benning Road has yet to receive the same attention,” despite amenities like the D.C. Streetcar, it says.
Just under 300 of the development’s units would be located in the main building. Expected are 121 one-bedrooms, 139 one-bedrooms-plus-dens, 23 two-bedrooms, and 10 two-bedrooms-plus-dens. The 16th Street building would contain four two-bedrooms and four one-bedrooms. Twenty-five units would fall under D.C.’s inclusionary zoning program, setting aside apartments for residents who earn less than 50 and 80 percent of the area median income, or between $40,000 and $70,000 a year for a household of two. Valor aims to build the project based on LEED-gold sustainability standards.
Lined with planting areas, the community garden would be accessible to residents and neighbors through a secure gate, and people would be able to rent plots. The buildings themselves are anticipated to contain more than 25,000 square feet of green-roof space, with the larger containing a pool and a gym. “These amenities will elegantly complement and enliven the Benning Road Corridor as that area continues to redevelop,” Valor’s application says.
The Bozzuto Group would manage the project, which PGN Architects has designed. Called the Valvaere, the building is scheduled to open in 2018.
Additional renderings and an aerial view of the planned development follow below. A hearing before the D.C. Zoning Commission hasn’t yet been set.