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624_9th_Street_NW_20110225145107877_(2)[1]

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BEFORE THE BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENTOF THE DISTRICT
OF
COLUMBIA
Application
of
RP MRP 900 G LLC
ANC2C03BZA
Application No.Hearing Date:
STATEMENT OF THE APPLICANT
This is the application
of
RP MPR 900 G LLC ("Applicant") for special exception andvariance relief to renovate an existing building located at 624 9
th
Street,
NW
(Square 376, Lot68) ("Property"). The Applicant proposes to construct a new building fayade and a modestaddition on the western side
of
the building. These renovations will require variance relief fromthe parking and loading requirements, and special exception relief for the
roof
structure. TheProperty is located in the
C-4
Zone District
of
the Downtown Development Overlay. Attachedas Exhibit A
is
an excerpt
of
the Zoning Map and attached
as
Exhibit B is a Surveyor's Plat
of
the Property.
I.
NATURE OF RELIEF SOUGHT
The Applicant requests that the Board
of
Zoning Adjustment (the "BZA" or the "Board")approve a request for special exception relief pursuant to Section 3104.1
of
Title
11
of
theDistrict
of
Columbia Municipal Regulations from the roof structure requirements
of
Sections 777
and
400.7. The Applicant also requires variance relief pursuant to Section 3103.1 from theparking and loading requirements for an office building under Sections 2101.1 and 2201.1,respectively.
II. JURISDICTION
OF
THE BOARD
The Board has jurisdiction to grant the relief requested pursuant to Sections 3103.1 and3104.1
of
he Zoning Regulations
(11
DCMR
§§
3103.1 and 3104.1).
DCDOCS\70544
73.1
 
III. BACKGROUND AND PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The Applicant in this case
is RP
MRP 900 G LLC, the owner of the Property. TheApplicant is an affiliate of MRP Realty, a strategic real estate development and investment firmwith projects throughout the District. RP MRP 900 G LLC purchased the Property in March
20
I 0 with the intention
of
renovating it and bringing it more in line with current standards foroffice space.
In
doing
so,
the Applicant is providing a new "skin" for the building and
is
constructing a modest addition along the western side
of
the building. The addition willaccommodate the proposed mechanical parking on the ground and second floors
as
well as amodest addition on the upper floors that respects the adjacent residential use. The addition willcreate a continuous building line along G Street by filling in inactive space that now existsbetween the office building and the adjacent Mather building.
IV. DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPERTIES AND SURROUNDING AREA
The Property is located in the southwest corner
of
9
th
and G Streets in the Downtownneighborhood.
It
is
immediately adjacent to the Mather Building to the west and the GallupBuilding
to
the south. The National Portrait Gallery
is
located one block to the east
of
theProperty and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
is
located on the block north
of
the Property,directly across the street from the building. With the exception
of
these institutional uses, theneighborhood
is
primarily comprised
of
office buildings with ground floor retail.The existing office building was constructed in 1980 for use
as
an office building with an"auxiliary" Young Women's Christian Association ("YWCA"). The building was originallyconstructed with a floor area ratio ("FAR")
of
6.98, a height
of
106.5 feet, and a rear yard
of
23
feet.
It
did not include any parking or loading facilities; none were required in the C-4 Zone
2
DCDOCS170S4473.1
 
District
at
the time of construction. Attached
as
sheet
10
of
Exhibit C
is
a Zoning ComputationSheet from when the building was originally constructed.
It
was subsequently converted entirely
to
office use. The property was renovated in 1990 by infilling slabs resulting in an additional9,000 square feet
of
gross floor area. The renovations currently being proposed are the first totheProperty since that time.Included in these renovations
is
an addition
to
the western side
of
the building thatconsists
of
approximately 9,000 square feet. The renovations will include mechanical parkingfor up
to
47 vehicles. Details
of
the mechanical parking are included in Exhibit
C.
It
willinclude five levels of vertically stacked vehicles with a vertical clearance
no
greater than 6 feet 6inches. The vertical stacks
of
vehicles will not extend beyond the ground floor
of
the addition.Despite being able
to
accommodate
47
vehicles, mechanical parking does not satisfy the zoningrequirements; accordingly parking relief is one
of
he areas
of
relief the Applicant seeks.The Applicant has received confirmation from the Zoning Administrator that loading andparking
is
not required for the existing building but only for the proposed addition. Attached
as
Exhibit F is a letter from the Zoning Administrator confirming the same. Accordingly, theApplicant only requires relief from the zoning requirements to provide 5 parking spaces and one30-foot loading berth and one 100-square foot loading platform.V.
THE APPLICATION MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIALEXCEPTION RELIEF UNDER SECTION 3104.1 OF THE ZONINGREGULATIONS
The Applicant
is
seeking special exception relief pursuant to Sections 3104.1 and 411.11from the setback requirements of Section 400.7 for the one penthouse provided on the rooftoplevel
of
the building. In order
to
obtain the requested relief, the special exception must be in
3
DCDOCSI7054473.!

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