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Wednesday, October 29 2014

Our Recent Approvals Success

Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS’ unblemished track record, with over 100 entitlements for zoning and historic preservation in all DC metropolitan area jurisdictions, continues with our most recent entitlements approvals in Washington D.C., Fairfax County and Arlington County. Congratulations to our clients and project teams!


819 D Street, NE – Washington, DC


The DC Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) unanimously approved the adaptive use of a historic church and adjacent rowhouses. The restoration and renovation of the existing 3-story plus cellar church building, plus two flanking townhouses, will yield a 30-unit multi-family residential project. The DC Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) granted approval for a unit-to-site-area ratio of 383-SF (rather than the 900-SF per unit required by the R-4 zoning for a conversion), in addition to reductions in minimum lot width, and the minimum court dimension and area.


Corporate Headquarters Phase II – McLean, VA

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B|HA, in partnership with zoning counsel Cooley, civil engineer WHG, traffic consultant Gorove Slade and fellow architect HKS, navigated the redesigned master plan and office building through Conceptual and Final Development Plan amendment approval from the Fairfax County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. The mixed-use master plan, office tower, and retail/amenity and parking podium act as an iconic gateway at the first stop on the new metro Silver Line. The planning and design exemplifies smart growth and transit-oriented development. At 470-feet, the targeted LEED Gold structure will be the tallest commercial building in the Washington region. The county planning staff’s analysis praised the design as a “singular, timeless office tower that will stand the test of time.”


10th Street Flats – Arlington, VA

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The Arlington County Board unanimously approved a use permit for a Unified Commercial / Mixed-Use Development (UCMUD) for client Clark Realty Capital. 10th Street Flats is one of the few projects to successfully navigate the UCMUD entitlements process. Previously the site of a used car lot, the prominent corner of Highland Street and North 10th Street in Arlington will now be anchored by a 135-unit, mixed-use building geared to a vibrant, young demographic. The base of the building is designed for live-work units in a section of Arlington with unproven retail demand, and with some tiers of unique multi-bedroom units with shared communal space.


1547 7th Street, NW – Washington, DC


The DC Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) granted approval to eliminate parking, reduce court requirements and provide rooftop design relief for 1547 7th Street, NW. Designed for client The Warrenton Group, the project includes the renovation of a 1910 arts-and-crafts building, designed by Appleton P. Clark (architect of the original Homer building), in Shaw with a rooftop addition, and a three-story infill. The ground floor and basement will house a new restaurant for El Centro. The extensive renovation involves the replacement of windows, floors, new interior fittings and a new Spanish tile mansard roof, restoring the historic character of the original building. The rooftop addition and infill are respectful of and complement the existing structure.