Adding a Church to a Planned Residential Building
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Adding a Church to a Planned Residential Building

Now here is something you don’t see very often — a plan to put a church in a residential building.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 21, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Third Avenue Investments, LLC won approval from the County Board on Saturday, July 18, for an amendment to a site plan originally approved in 2007 for a mixed-use building at 3001 Jefferson Davis Highway, Potomac Yard Land Bay D-West. The amendment will allow the developer to build a church in the 12-story residential building it plans, instead of much of the groundfloor retail approved in the original site plan.

The original site plan, approved by the Board in 2007, was for a 12-story residential building with 331 apartments and 15,858 square feet of groundfloor retail. The amendment approved Saturday by the Board allows 23,906 square feet of the still-to-be-built building, on two floors in the north tower of the planned residential building, to be used as a church. About 5,000 square feet of groundfloor retail will remain.

The developer plans a 300-seat sanctuary, dedicated classrooms, administrative offices, and a multipurpose activity room on the first and second floors of the building’s North Tower. There would be no change in the overall gross floor area of the approved building. The developer now plans 342 residential units, and will increase parking from the originally approved 438 spaces to 532 spaces. In addition, the developer has now committed to securing LEED Silver rating for the building. The parcel is located in the South Tract of Potomac Yard, bounded by 33rd Street to the north, future Center Park and S. Clark Street just west of S. Ball Street to the east, 354th Street to the south and Jefferson Davis Highway/Crystal Drive to the west.

This amendment was approved unanimously by the Board when it adopted the Consent Calendar at the Saturday, July 18, 2015 Regular County Board Meeting. To read the staff report on this item, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #3 on the Agenda.

The Washington Business Journal wrote about this proposed marriage of a church and a residential building.

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