On November 8, 2017, Shakespeare Theatre and Erkiletian Construction Corporation filed another Planned Unit Development that proposes to change the zoning at 501 I Street SW. The new plan is just as bad for the community as the old one was.
The community doesn’t want a zoning change at the site. We want townhouses on the only Southwest parcel of land that does not yet have a plan for development. It’s not just the neighborhood talking.
501 I Street SW is part of the Neighborhood Conservation Area. The Zoning Commission says that Neighborhood Conservation areas are expected to maintain existing land uses and community character over the next 20 years. The PUD that Shakespeare Theatre and Erkiletian Construction propose would change the land use and the character of the surrounding community, in contravention of the law governing Neighborhood Conservation Areas. The Zoning Commission also says that if change occurs in a Neighborhood Conservation Area, it will be modest in scale and will consist primarily of scattered site infill housing, public facilities, and institutional uses. Major changes in density should not be expected.
The new PUD violates the Neighborhood Conservation Area by changing the land use, altering the character of the community, and vastly increasing population density when compared to the surrounding neighborhood.
What a terrible PUD.