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FAQ

OUR COMMITMENT: INVESTMENT IN THE COMMUNITY

JBG is committed to the long-term success of both our Wardman project and the Woodley Park community. To that end, we place a high level of importance on communication and collaboration with neighboring residents and their representatives. Our extensive placemaking experience has shown us that this open approach is the best way to bring about meaningful development that is both long-lasting and compatible with the needs and desires of our neighbors.

WHAT IS JBG’S VISION FOR WARDMAN PARK?

As a largely residential neighborhood with impressive transit capacity, Woodley Park has the potential for new and varied housing options. Our plan envisions a residential offering that will help satisfy a high demand for housing in the community. In addition, JBG’s plans to transition a current area of privately-owned open space into an improved permanent public park and incorporate elements of the area’s historic architecture throughout the new development, will add very distinct and unique value to the neighborhood.

 

Inspiration for the size and design of the building is consistent with, and will complement, the overall feel and character of the neighborhood. Currently, a 235,000-square-foot residential building with approximately 110-120 units (10 percent of which will be designated affordable) is envisioned on the north lawn facing Woodley Road. The building will achieve minimum LEED Silver certification. As part of this project, JBG also proposes to transform what is currently privately owned land on the north lawn into a public park. We plan to provide a perpetual easement and work with the community to design a 27,000-square-foot park (approximately .6 acres) that will be setback 56 feet to 109 feet from the property line or 58 feet to 110 feet from the sidewalk.

 

Please note that we will submit an amendment to our Consolidated PUD application for the North Lawn Building that will revise the above mentioned height and overall mass of the project to be more consistent with the surrounding architectural context, and the Future Land Use map designation.

WHAT IS THE APPROVAL PROCESS?

A Consolidated PUD application has been submitted seeking full approvals for the development of the North Lawn Building. Over the next few months, JBG will meet with community organizations and government agencies in accordance with DC zoning regulations. A public hearing is expected for April 2017.

WHY IS JBG NO LONGER SUBMITTING TWO PUD APPLICATIONS?

JBG originally submitted two PUD applications in June 2016: a stand-alone Consolidated PUD application to develop the North Lawn Building, and a Stage 1 PUD application that outlined a more extensive master plan for Wardman Park that would be implemented over several years.

 

Since beginning this process, our plans have continued to evolve as we work with the city government, residents, local businesses, and community associations. As such, we have since decided to move forward with only the Consolidated PUD and withdraw the Stage 1 application, allowing us to refocus our efforts entirely on immediate housing needs and move forward with the North Lawn building and public park without delay.

 

While we are certainly still committed to the long-term well-being of Wardman Park, , Our conversations with the community and District agencies have informed us that the area is not yet prepared to move forward with a larger scale development vision for the foreseeable future in the form of a Stage 1 PUD application. Additionally, we recognize that potential city-wide zoning and planning changes, including amendments the Comprehensive Plan by the Office of Planning, preclude a long-term plan for the site at this time.

 

As a committed partner, owner, and developer in the community, we remain open to exploring new development options and will work with the community to help identify those possibilities moving forward.

WHY IS THE CONSOLIDATED PUD BEING AMENDED?

We are committed to adhering to size, scale, and architecture that will satisfy our neighbors as well as uphold zoning regulations, including the Future Land Use map. After receiving valuable feedback from community members and district planners, we’ve decided to amend our application to lower the height of the North Lawn Building to be more consistent with the surrounding architectural context and step-down to the townhomes across Woodley Road. Additionally, the park space has been flattened and programmed with a clear delineation between the public and private spaces.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE MARRIOTT WARDMAN PARK HOTEL?

The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel is under a long-term agreement with JBG Companies and is expected to continue operating for many years to come. However, in light of our in-depth analysis of the Wardman Park site, the hotel is officially open to potential buyers and bids, allowing JBG to examine all options and discern the property’s market value before moving forward with site development.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE CONSOLIDATED PUD APPLICATION IF THE HOTEL IS SOLD?

As we officially explore the market value of the hotel, it is possible that the Wardman Park site may transition to a new owner, adding a variable component to the Consolidated PUD application. If the area is purchased, the property may be adapted as a stand-alone asset or coupled with the development plan for the North Lawn Building. JBG is committed to furthering a development plan that matches the needs and desires of the community. As we move forward with the development process, we will work in tandem with the community to ensure that any changes to our plans reflect the interests of our neighbors.

WHEN WOULD DEVELOPMENT BEGIN?

The earliest JBG envisions moving forward with development is early 2018. This development would have limited impact on hotel operations and vehicular circulation, and the hotel will remain open during construction. Development is contingent on the approvals process. Additional details will be available over the coming months as we work with city officials and incorporate feedback from the community.

WILL THE COMMUNITY LOSE THE GREEN SPACE IT CURRENTLY ENJOYS?

No. The project will transform what is currently privately owned land into a public park. This park will be permanent, dedicated through a perpetual easement. This open pace will not only be as large as the green space currently enjoyed by the community, but it will also be regraded, planned and landscaped create a more aesthetic and functional park.

JBG will engage the community in the park vision through a survey and a series of design charrettes to better understand what elements or programs should be included in the final design of the park space.

HOW WILL CONSTRUCTION IMPACT THE COMMUNITY?

As we did during construction of the Woodley, we will work around heavy traffic times and with the community to set morning start and evening end times.

HOW WILL CONSTRUCTION IMPACT PARKING?

The Woodley Garage (currently used for the hotel and located under the north lawn, adjacent to Woodley Road) may be closed during construction in order to repurpose and reuse it for residents of the new building. We will work closely with Marriott and the community to mitigate the initial loss of hotel parking.

HOW WILL PARKING BE ADDRESSED?

While both DDOT and the Office of Planning appear interested in reducing overall parking in the area, we intend to provide adequate parking for this development.

Specifically, the existing garage will be expanded to maintain the number of spaces for both the hotel and the Wardman Tower condominiums.

HOW WILL NEW DEVELOPMENT IMPACT TRAFFIC?

The only change to traffic patterns will be elimination of the western curb cut along Woodley Road. By eliminating that curb cut, we can increase the size of the park by 3,000 square feet and can simplify circulation to the hotel. We will likely need to widen the remaining access drive, but only anticipate minor adjustments.

Throughout the project, JBG is working closely with DDOT to refine the project’s transportation-related elements and impacts, and has engaged a transportation consultant to further study the area’s traffic conditions. The site’s proximity to the Woodley Park Metro station, Metrobus lines and Capital Bikeshare, along with approximately 387 secure bicycle spaces provided by the project, will lessen traffic impacts.

HOW WILL THE COMPLETED DEVELOPMENT IMPACT LOCAL SCHOOLS?

We do not expect the development to have a noticeable impact on local schools. Regardless, we will proactively address this issue with the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) and maintain a dialogue with families and schools. We plan to meet early and often with DMPED, and specifically the Deputy Mayor, who oversees DC Public Schools, to better understand how the District will account for future development in their long-range school planning for this community.

Throughout the project, JBG is working closely with DDOT to refine the project’s transportation-related elements and impacts, and has engaged a transportation consultant to further study the area’s traffic conditions. The site’s proximity to the Woodley Park Metro station, Metrobus lines and Capital Bikeshare, along with approximately 387 secure bicycle spaces provided by the project, will lessen traffic impacts.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

JBG is committed to working with the community throughout the duration of the development process. We invite you to continually visit our website for updates on the project at WardmanParkNews.com. You can also email Community@WardmanParkNews.com or call 202-489-0534 for more information.