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Dear PoP – La Casa Shelter Closing, Zoning Hearing Thursday

“Dear PoP,

Folks may or may not know that the La Casa Shelter on Irving between 14th and 16th is slated to close October 15th pending a zoning hearing. The Highland Park Apartment owners own the property (I believe) and want to build 69 more Luxury (unaffordable) units there.

The zoning hearing is Thursday, September 30th at One Judiciary Square 441 4th suite 220-S at 630pm

While the shelter is not the greatest, during the winter, they double the number of people they take in and it is one of the only shelters left in NW.

I wanted to ask if folk would come to the hearing and request that the shelter remain open at least through the winter so that people have a warm place to go and that the city can plan better for where they will go after the closing.

In addition, DC has an inclusionary zoning law which is supposed to require any new development to setaside a certain number of units as affordable. We should make sure that this law is enforced for these new units.”

We recently spoke about this building in the beginning of Sept. but The 42 blog posted a big update on this yesterday. He writes:

“The developers have a zoning hearing on September 30 in order to propose several changes. They want to increase the number of apartment units from 69 to 143. They want to increase the roof line from 86 to 90 feet (plus 9 foot penthouse level above). And finally, they want to eliminate the parking garage and alter the façade from what you see in the rendering to an aesthetic that more closely matches the existing Highland Park.”

Lots more info and an original rendering here.

Ed. Note: Highland Park is a PoP advertiser.

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