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H Street Community Garden Won’t Become Parking Lot After All

This'll remain a community garden.

This'll remain a community garden.

H Street NE-area gardeners can breathe a sigh of relief: The Wylie Street Community Garden probably won't become a surface parking lot after all.

Last month, it appeared the garden could be headed that way, as the developers converting the nearby R.L. Christian Library at 1300 H St. NE into condos struggled to find another location for the parking they sought to provide residents. "The community wanted more parking," Ben Miller of Rise Development, one of the two developers behind the project, told me at the time. "We want to give them as much parking as we can."

But now, in response to objections from neighbors, the developers have changed course, reports the District Source (which broke the news of the possible parking lot in the first place). Instead, the developers will seek to reduce the number of parking spaces available to residents and to prevent some residents from obtaining residential parking permits for street parking.

It's a strategy being pursued by an increasing number of developers in transit-rich neighborhoods. The developers of both the former Babe's Billiards building in Tenleytown and the Patterson Mansion in Dupont Circle have gone the no-parking route, restricting residents' ability to get residential parking permits. It's a solution that limits the need to build expensive and logistically difficult on-site parking without making it more difficult for neighbors to find street parking.

So far, the District Source reports, the plan for the H Street project has won praise from neighbors for backtracking from the elimination of the community garden. If you want to cut parking without angering neighbors, threatening to do away with a popular neighborhood amenity is a pretty good way to do it.

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  • Anonymous

    I still don't get it. How can developers/owners/condo boards still claim they will restrict the right to an RPP when the DMV doesn't have the capability (or legal authority) to prevent certain addresses getting RPP's? Why does nobody call them on this bullshit?

  • Concerned Citizen

    Has DMV implemented the technology and ability to enforce restricted residential parking for specific units in multi-unit developments? If you do not know the answer, please recommend someone that should be able to answer the question. A concerned citizen.

  • h st ll

    Instead of this cockamamie system why not make everyone eligible for RPP and quadruple the price. This is just a give away to current home owners (of which I am one, but still).

    The neighborhood can be lived in quite comfortably without a car.

  • Chris in Eckington

    When I lived on an unzoned street in Ward 2, DCDMV knew, based on my street address, that I was not eligible for a Zone 2 sticker.

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