Deny zoning variance for 416 Evarts St NE

Deny zoning variance for 416 Evarts St NE

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Dori Hadar started this petition to DC Office of Zoning and

Dear Neighbor,

Please join us in opposing the Special Exception to the Zoning Laws requested by the developers who recently purchased 416 Evarts St NE:  

"Application of Preservation DC LLC, pursuant to 11 DCMR Subtitle X, Chapter 9, for a special exception under Subtitle E § 5201 from the minimum closed court requirements of Subtitle E § 203.1, and under Subtitle E§§ 205.5 and 5201, from the rear addition requirements of Subtitle E § 205.4, to construct a third story addition and a three-story rear addition to an existing four-unit apartment building in the RF-1 Zone at premises 416 Evarts Street, N.E. (Square 3638, Lot 82). "

Preservation DC LLC wants to:

  • Construct four ~2400 sq ft 4-bed/4-bath condos (the existing four units are ~750 sq ft each)
  • Add a rear addition (48 feet longer than allowed)
  • Add a third story with a rooftop deck
  • Remove most (or all) of the trees
  • Dig out a basement level
  • Avoid having the required size of a closed court (outdoor space)
  • Provide only 4 parking spaces for potentially 16 people 

The Zoning Rules exist to protect neighborhoods by making sure developments don’t negatively impact their neighbors and their quality of life and to preserve a neighborhood’s character. 

If built, this enormous building would:

  • Cause privacy issues (multiple windows and a rooftop deck overlooking neighbors' patios and backyards) 
  • Block sunlight and cast shadows over patios and backyards
  • Possibly cause drainage issues
  • Remove several trees
  • Potentially create a parking shortage on the street due to the large number of tenants
  • Negatively affect neighboring property values 
  • Open the door to overdevelopment in our neighborhood.

The Zoning Board (BZA) hasn't ruled on a variance like this in our neighborhood before. We want development to happen, but we think that it should follow the specific zoning laws that our city has established. The rules are there for a reason.

To review the plans go to: https://dcoz.dc.gov/service/interactive-zoning-information-system (Enter Case #20022)

We can take action to make sure this development is not approved! There are several ways your voice can be heard:

  1. Sign this petition.
  2. Submit a letter to the BZA (recommended). It will become part of the record:

    bzasubmissions@dc.gov

    Be sure the subject reads: "Comment in Opposition: Case #20022 - Preservation DC LLC". 

    Include your name, address, phone number and a comment as to why you oppose the development.

  3. Attend the ANC meeting on Tuesday, June 18th at 6:30pm at the Inspired Teaching School, where the developer will be giving a presentation. If we can demonstrate to the ANC that there is real opposition it can submit a recommendation against the proposal to the BZA. The BZA gives special weight to the ANC's opinion.
  4. Express your opinion at the BZA Hearing on June 26th
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