Plans to expand two inner-city Safeway markets -- at 1701 Corcoran St. NW and 1747 Columbia Rd. NW -- were approved by the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) last week. Both cases had aroused some opposition from neighbors, but in both cases compromises were worked out.
Some neighbors of the Corcoran Street store protested that delivery trucks would clog the already congested street. The BZA's approval of that expansion was conditional on Safeway's working out a schedule so that no more than three delivery trucks would be outside the store at one time. The BZA is to hold another hearing on the matter 18 months after the expansion is completed to find out if deliveries are causing traffic problems.
Adams-Morgan community groups objected to the planned addition to the Columbia Road Safeway on grounds that it would aggravate parking problems in their neighborhood. Negotiations between Safeway and the community, however, produced a compromise in which 30 new parking spaces are to be provided with the store addition.
In other action, the BZA:
Approved the application of Shiloh Baptist Church for variances to allow the church to convert houses at 801 and 811 Q St. NW and at 1543 Eighth St. NW into 12 apartments for elderly tenants;
Approved the application of Judith Wills for a variance to allow an addition to a house at 314 1/2 G St. S.E;
Approved an application of Exxon Company USA for a special exception to allow modification of the service station at 1600 North Capitol St. NW, provided that the driveway plan be revised and that the station be screened from surrounding properties by fencing and landscaping;
Approved for 18 months Louis Burman's applications for a special exception for continued use of a parking lot in a special-purpose zone -- at 1435 Maassachusetts Ave. NW -- and for a variance to permit all-day commuter parking in the lot;
Approved the application of Robert E. Losch for a special exception allowing use of a building in a special-purpose zone, at 1716 New Hampshire Ave. NW, as a law office, to have no more than five employes;
Approved Ronald D. Morgan's application for a variance to allow an addition to an apartment house, at 1311-1313 Rhode Island Ave. NW;
Approved the application of Curtis Properties Inc. for a variance to permit construction of three rowhouses at 1346-1350 Valley Pl. SE;
Denied a Curtis Properties application for a variance and special exception to permit construction of eight rowhouses and one semidetached house, with parking space in front of the houses, at 2100-2116 Bessie's Drive SE;
Approved Sheridan School's application for a special exception allowing a two-story addition to the building at 4400 36th St. NW;
Approved the application of Wisconsin Avenue Baptist Church for a special exception to allow use of a building, at 3920 Alton Pl. NW, as a child-care center;
Denied an application of National Savings and Trust Co., as trustee for the Alonzo O. Bliss Properties, for a variance allowing use of part of the lobby of a building in a residential zone, at 4550 Connecticut Ave. NW, for retail purposes;
Approved the application of Philip Huber for variances to allow a side addition to a semidetached house, at 1527 27th St. NW;
Approved American University's application for a special exception to build a satellite earth terminal on its campus at Massachusetts and Nebraska avenues NW;
Denied the application of Robert and Mamie Harley for a special exception to allow conversion of a four-apartment house in a single-family residential zone, at 1333 Adams St. NE, to a rooming house;
Denied Eugene Kucera's application for a variance to allow use of a building, at 121 Fourth St. NE, as an apartment house;
Denied the application of East Atlantic Construction Co. for a special exception and variances to permit a new residential development, four semidetached houses at 4901-03 Ames St. NE and 7-9 49th St. NE;
Approved the application of First Baptist Church of Deanwood for a special exception allowing use of a basement, at 1008 45th St. NE, as a pre-school;
Denied the application of Norair Realty Co. for a special exception to continue operating a parking lot in a residential zone, at 1122 24th St. NW;
Approved the application of Mr. and Mrs. Donnell A. Price for variances to permit a rear addition to a house, at 6502 North Capitol St. NW;
Denied the applications of First Baptist Church for a special exception to continue operating a parking lot in a residential zone, at 1513-19 O St. NW;
Approved the application of the 1536 Sixteenth St. Associates for a special exception to allow use of the second and third floors of a building in a residential zone, at 1536 16th St. NW, as an office for a nonprofit organization;
Denied John W. Paris' application for a special exception to continue to operate a parking lot in a special-purpose zone, at 513 E St. NW;
Approved, for two years, William Parr's application for a special exception allowing Special Approaches in Juvenile Assistance to continue operating a social services center in a residential zone, at 1743 18th St. NW.