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A letter was sent earlier this month to the residents and businesses within 500 feet of the View 14 project detailing the project and announcing the start of construction.
Letter from Level 2 Development Project Manager, Jonathan E. Kardon
On behalf of Level 2 Development, I am writing to introduce to you the View 14 Apartments development at 2303 14th Street, between Florida Avenue and Belmont Street (on the east side of 14th Street), and to inform you that construction is beginning this month.
Introduction to View 14 Apartments
View 14 will be an apartment community consisting of 185 residential units, ground floor retail, and an underground parking garage, scheduled to open at the end of 2009. Please see the attached rendering of the building’s exterior. You may also visit Level 2 Development’s website at www.level2development.com to learn more.
The public benefits of the View 14 Planned Unit Development (PUD)
View 14 was designed as a “Planned Unit Development” (PUD), in which the project offers a series of public benefits and a design that meets the goals of community groups, ANC1B, the Office of Planning, and the Office of Zoning. Public benefits of the PUD include the following:
$1 Million contribution to the Sankofa Tenants Assoc. towards the preservation and renovation of 48 units of affordable housing at The Cresthill Cooperative at 1430 Belmont St., NW
Removal of the Comcast satellite dishes and antenna tower at 14th Street and Florida Ave.
Six on-site affordable housing units
Green roof and sustainable design elements
Participation in DC Department of Small and Local Business Development employment program in an effort to achieve a minimum of 35% participation in the construction of View 14 by local, small, or disadvantaged businesses
Participation in DC Department of Employment Services First Source employment program in an effort to ensure that 51% of new employees hired in connection with View 14 construction are residents of the District of Columbia
Level 2 Development has contracted Clark Residential as the general contractor for the construction of View 14. The preliminary project schedule is as follows, but is subject to change:
Oct 2007 – Feb 2008
Feb 2008 – Oct 2008
Concrete Structure Construction
Jul 2008 – Mar 2009
Exterior Skin Construction
Oct 2008 – Nov 2009
Mar 2009 – Jul 2009
Sitework and Landscaping
Jun 2009 – Nov 2009
Building Inspections and Completion of Construction
Commitment to the Community during Construction There will be impacts on the community such as traffic, noise, debris, and dust, which are associated with any major construction project. However, Level 2 Development and Clark Residential are committed to mitigating these impacts and working with nearby residents and businesses throughout the construction process. Please consider the following initial impacts:
Construction work will occur during the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) permitted hours of 7 am until 7 pm, Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays as necessary from 7 am until 7 pm. At certain times, special permits will be obtained when work must occur outside of these hours.
Level 2 Development has worked closely with the DC Department of Transportation and owners of nearby construction sites to maintain normal traffic patterns and pedestrian access along both sides of 14th Street whenever possible, and to have flagmen regulate pedestrian and vehicular traffic when necessary. However, some areas of sidewalk, parking, and a portion of the alley behind the site will be closed off as needed to accommodate the construction while preserving pedestrian and traffic flow. Please review the attached Excavation Phase Site Utilization Plan for further details on our traffic, storage, and staging plans.
There will be noise while soldier piles are driven around the perimeter of the site, from the period of mid-October through the end of November or beginning of December, 2007, beginning at 7 am each day. Please be advised that there is significant noise associated with this phase of construction, and we ask for your patience as it will be for a finite period of time.
If you have any questions or feedback about the View 14 construction process, please contact one of the following representatives so that Level 2 Development and Clark Residential may be responsive in resolving any concerns that may arise:
Jon Kardon, Project Manager, Level 2 Development
Office Phone: (202) 483-1110 ext. 510
Harry Stevenson, Senior Superintendent, Clark Residential
Cell Phone: (202) 437-4216
sidewalk closing? Written by
on 2007-10-28 21:12:54alright, what happened to the city going out of the way to no longer close our sidewalks and force pedestrians to play frogger when a building is going up? where is the ANC on this one? people should be raising hell.
Written by George Groom on 2007-10-29 14:14:50I can see how for the Sankofa Tenants Assoc. benefits but is this really a "community benefit"? Seems like a private co-op found a way to get somebody to pay for the rehab of their units. I can think of a number of uses that benefit the larger community of CH and U street, like rehab of parks, help with Cardozo HS, Street beautifcation - things that the WHOLE community can access and benefit from. But I guess the ANC see's this differently.
on 2007-10-29 21:44:07I see your point George, but then again, what does Cardozo HS work do for me? What does a park rehab do for someone who doesn't go? All benefits aren't going to help everyone.
Written by Eric on 2007-10-31 13:40:21First, regarding George's comment, I think you basically have to do something for affordable housing to get your permits these days. So, I'm guessing that is the reason the support goes to the tenants association and not parks, or other community benefits.
Second, does anyone know what is going to happen with that ugly antenna? Is it going to stay there? Who would want to look out their apartment window and see that thing?
Written by neighbor on 2007-11-07 14:51:54The more development the better.
Written by Sean on 2007-11-15 08:40:13It stated in the article, "Removal of the Comcast satellite dishes and antenna tower at 14th Street and Florida Ave" will be completed.
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