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Apartments, office space proposed for Jefferson Avenue

Matt Jarreau and Daniil Kleyman, both Church Hill residents, shared preliminary plans last night for a mixed-use development in the mostly vacant triangle bound by Jefferson Avenue, M Street, and 24th Street.

The duo propose a building with 13,000 square feet of office space on the first floor, and a mix of 20 1- and 2-bedroom apartments on the upper floors. The office space would be available as private offices, and also as a shared co-working space. Some parking would be offered on the interior of the building, with street parking carrying most of the load.

The scale is akin to the development spitballed as part of the Greening America’s Capitals meetings last year on Jefferson Avenue.

As the lot is in the city-designated Union Hill Old & Historic District, any development will need to be approved by the Commission of Architectural Review. A Special Use Permit to allow the requested height due to the current zoning (UB-PE4).

Kleyman stresses that these images by Todd Dykshorn are definitely not the final renderings. Last night’s meeting was set up well in advance of going to CAR, Kleyman says, so that they could get community feedback.

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As seen from 25th Street
As seen from 25th Street

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As seen from 24th Street across Jefferson Avenue
As seen from 24th Street across Jefferson Avenue

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As seen from M Street just west of 24th Street
As seen from M Street just west of 24th Street

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Noooooo!

James Lum
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This is horrific, and completely out of place. There’s no way this gets greenlighted, rt?

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It’s nice to see something going in to that vacant lot.

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Multi use building proposed for the triangular lot across from @RooseveltRVA in #ChurchHill https://t.co/zdc9w5WU9W

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Cooooooool!

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Man it would be soon much cooler if they got rid of run down buildings on either end of the block as well.

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This looks really awesome to me. With all the restaurants nearby this will help continue to bring life into this part of Church Hill.

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Russell Å Garrett

My question is, why is that damn former convenience store/eyesore/tinderbox still shown in the renderings? Tear that thing down. Has anyone noticed the 2 x 4’s holding the structure up?

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Russell – that building is not owned by these guys

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Nick P

This…. building. It’s god awful looking. Doesn’t fit the neighborhood at all

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Russell Å Garrett

Ah gotcha. Guess I figured the property consisted of both that building and the land. Guess Matt needs to get on that with his superior real estate skills.

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Eric S. Huffstutler

@1 and 2 James… I agree, this is totally out of place. The first thing that popped out was the greenhouse roof. The other is how fugly plain warehouse looking the building is.

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The U.....nion Hill

This is not appropriate infill and is completely out of place. Anyone who likes this design must be interpreting it through brail.

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d-dub

The development “spitballed” fits much better architecturally than this “box” – no reason they can’t fit architecturally and still have a viable product.

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Michael-Birch Pierce

Ugh. This looks like an eyesore. I’d prefer our cute historic neighborhood not resemble VCU’s bastardization of Grace St.

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The proposed structure has an aesthetic akin to the spartan institutional vibe of a prison.

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Something there could be nice, but I’m with Michael, my initial impression is this looks out of place. Whatever goes there needs to meld better with the rest of the elements around the circle.

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Sarah Simon

Please, no! So big and dark and not fitting in the space at all. Can we all chip in, buy the land, and make a nice neighborhood garden or something? I think the neighborhood would benefit way more from productive green space than a big ol ugly building.

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Geronimo

But what about the rats who live there now? Where will they go?

Carly
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Carly

Does the neighborhood not have limits and guidelines around maintaining historic architecture in the old city districts? I don’t believe this would pass.

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Eric S. Huffstutler

Section3, page 44 of the Old & Historic Districts Handbook that C.A.R. follows states: ” Standards for New Construction: All new residential and commercial construction, whether in the form of additions or entire buildings, should be compatible with the historic features that characterize their setting and context. To protect the context of the surrounding historic district, new construction should reference the materials, features, size, scale, proportions, and massing of the existing historic building or buildings in its setting. ” From what I see in the immediate vicinity are Victorian style homes. The only building near by that looks anywhere similar… Read more »

Carter Tuttle
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Going to give the developer a 1/10 for effort. Looks worse than a landfill.

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Michael-Birch Pierce

Did anyone know about this proposal meeting? Will future meetings be announced so we can give our input. We killed that development blocking the Libby Hill view, surely we can kill this. I just reread the article and it’s all office space on the first floor. That is the last thing we need in the neighborhood. Development is encouraged and energized by retail space. Offices keep the streets stagnant. I really really hate this project.

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Sean Stilwell

This post is not about the other properties in Church Hill, which are NOT for sale, it’s about the abandoned nasty lot that everyone always hated. I think the old Union Hill Twitter account is a great archive of people’s feelings about it. If you don’t remember it being a drug den, then welcome to the neighborhood. It is a vacant lot, it will never be a row of historic buildings. Let’s use that as a basis when commenting. I’d like to point to an earlier post referencing a building Daniil bought years ago ($65k after 6 mos. on market… Read more »

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@Geronimo – LOL you’ve been here as long as me.. i remember those RAT ALERT (bold red all caps) flyers someone posted on our doorsteps years ago. I haven’t seen any rats in that hamburger building in a long time though.

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“Kleyman stresses that these images by Todd Dykshorn are definitely not the final renderings.”

I hope that’s true ’cause that is one UGLY building. HIDEOUS