Plans for Mixed-Use Development at Steak ‘n Egg Take Shape

rendering of 4700 Wisconsin Avenue from BZA application

rendering of 4700 Wisconsin Avenue from BZA application

Developer Frank Economides submitted initial plans for a new residential-retail project at 4700 Wisconsin Avenue to the Board of Zoning Adjustment at the end of last week. The current Steak ‘n Egg restaurant and the neighboring building on Wisconsin Avenue will be razed to make way for a four-story, mixed-use development.

Documents filed with the BZA indicate that the new 50-foot tall construction would have three floors of residential units and two floors of retail – one at grade and one below.

As Tenleytown, D.C. reported last year, Steak ‘n Egg will return following construction, and Economides intends for “a second restaurant tenant and a downstairs tenant, like a yoga or bike studio,” according to UrbanTurf.

The 16 residential units appear to be a mix of one-bedroom and efficiency apartments, based upon architectural drawings submitted to the BZA. Among amenities offered to tenants will be a fourth floor roof deck on the back side of the building.

What residents won’t be offered is parking – at least if Economides’ application for a variance for off-street parking is approved.

In the application to the BZA, the developers are requesting relief “based on the Site’s irregular-shaped lot, steep topography change, and a four-foot easement along its rear lot line, among other extraordinary and exceptional conditions.”

Under District regulations, the new building would be required to provide a total of 19 off-street parking spaces – eight for residential tenants and 11 for retail tenants. Developers are instead proposing to provide three spaces, including one handicap spot.

The application states that providing additional ground level parking would eliminate retail space, and that underground parking is not feasible due to the lot shape, steep slope of the property, and the associated construction costs.

Developers argue that tenants at 4700 Wisconsin Avenue will have ample access to public transit, “including the Metrorail, Metrobus, bicycle lanes and routes, and bike- and car-share facilities.” Taking a page from the Tenley View project just up Wisconsin Avenue, they intend to incentivize a car-free lifestyle by providing bike and car-share memberships, SmarTrip cards, and secure bike parking, as well as propose that tenants be prohibited from receiving residential parking permits (RPP).

Parking variances continue to be a hotly debated issue in Tenleytown, so expect some residents to be less than pleased with the plans for reduced off-street parking. However, given the size of the project, which is nearly one-fourth that of Tenley View, it may garner less opposition than past developments. Typically in return for Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) support for a variance developers include a package of community amenities, such as improved street scaping. No word yet, though, on what Economides might propose at 4700 Wisconsin Avenue.

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