Three update points concerning proposed Takoma Metro site development:
1) The Takoma Park City Council passed a Resolution Regarding Development Proposed for the Site of the Takoma Metro Station on October 28, 2013.
2) WMATA’s real-estate (PPDRE) committee will defer its consideration of a Takoma Amended Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with developer EYA — reactivating the expired agreement from the previous development initiative — until at least its December 5 meeting. In particular, the Takoma traffic study that WMATA is conducting was not completed in time for November 7 PPDRE consideration.
3) Jack Lester, an executive at developer EYA, has provided an updated building + site design plan. It shows a degree of response to community concerns. Mr. Lester wrote, in November 4 e-mail:
“Height: We have eliminated an entire level of residential from the building. The building is now 4 levels of residential above the podium level.
“Parking: We have dramatically reduced the residential parking from .87 spaces/unit to .67 spaces/unit. This results in a reduction of parking of more than 40 spaces.
“Density: Density has been further reduced to 208 total units.”
The key page to look at is the last, A08. You will see that while the building is maximum 4 levels above the podium, the podium height at Eastern Ave NW is 18′ 4″ for a total building height, fronting on Eastern Ave, [corrected November 4:] of 39′ 8″, rising to 50′ 4″ after a set-back of only 8 to 10 feet, despite zoning restrictions that limit the front half or so of the building, which bears Washington DC R-5-A zoning, to 40′.
My only other comments for the moment are: a) EYA has not relocated the building’s loading dock. It still opens onto Eastern Ave NW, which would mean vehicles including trash trucks backing in across the Eastern Ave sidewalk, a clear safety hazard. b) The distance between the “ADA drop off” and the elevator entrance to the station remains significantly greater than the current distance. This degradation of transit accessibility for the disabled and the elderly is a continuing negative about the design.