Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3A has asked D.C. zoning officials to deny a developer's application to build offices, shops, apartments, town houses and a parking garage on the site of the former Corcoran Elementary School, 28th and M streets NW.
In a report sent to D.C. zoning officials, ANC 3A said parts of the developer's plan, now pending before the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment, are "totally out of character" with the surrounding neighborhood of mostly older, two-story structures. The plan would result in "overdevelopment" of the site, the report said.
ANC officials noted access to the site would be from 28th Street, a narrow residential street, and there would be no access from M Street. They said motorists driving east on M Street during rush hour would have to circle through residential streets to get to the entrance. They also sharply criticized what they consider inadequate parking on the site.
In 1953, the city transformed the school building into a storage and office facility for the city's DOT. Last year, the city agreed to sell the site for $1.8 million to the Ohio-based Hotel and Restaurant Employees International Union. The union agreed to sell the tract to DRG Ventures, a local development company, which has said it will lease space to the union for a new international headquarters.
ANC 3A plans to hold its next meeting at 8 tonight at St. John's Church Parish House, 3240 O St. NW. The meeting will focus on ANC redistricting and recent proposals for citywide election reform.