The Ladybird Project Overview


The Ladybird is a proposed mixed-use development on the former Superfresh market site in the American University Park neighborhood of Washington DC. The proposal includes 30 condominiums, 200 rental units, ground floor retail including a grocery store, courtyards, plazas and walkways in addition to 330 parking spaces.

The Ladybird New Plans 10-2018

Developer

Valor Development

Architect

Torti Gallas replacing BKV Group

Contractor

Unknown

Status

Planned

Delivery

2021-22

Pricing

Unknown

Address

4330 48th Street NW Washington DC 20016

Location

The Ladybird is bounded by Massachusetts Avenue to the southwest, 48th Street to the southeast, and Yuma Street to the north. Windom Place and Warren Street intersect 48th Street between Yuma and Massachusetts. The site is located in the Spring Valley – American University Park neighborhood of Washington DC.


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On March 11, 2019 developers submitted to the Zoning Commission a motion to request reopening of the record (approved) and request to hold the case in abeyance while the developer pursues the project as a Planned Unit Development (“PUD”), and/or awaits the outcome of the text amendment to the design review regulations proposed by the Office of Planning in Z.C. Case No. 19-06.

The Commission discussed whether it needed additional time to consider whether flexibility from building bulk control (i.e. aggregation of density) was implicitly permitted under the design review regulations, or if there was a need to clarify the regulations prior to rendering a decision. The Commission decided to delay consideration of the case while it clarified the voluntary design review process re: aggregation of density. The Commission acknowledged how delaying its deliberations on the case impacted the developer, and questioned whether pursuit of a PUD would be more time effective than waiting for completion of the text amendments to the voluntary design review process.

On March 15, 2019, the Office of Planning submitted proposed text amendments to the design review regulations. See Z.C. Case No. 19-06. Among other things, the proposed text amendments clarify that aggregation of density is permitted as part of a [voluntary] design review application. The Commission set down the proposed text amendments on March 25, 2019. As of the date of this motion a public hearing has not been scheduled on the proposed text amendments.

On October 16, 2018 developers submitted a revised plan to the Zoning Commission. 

Updated plans for The Ladybird presented in October 2018 enlarge the grocery store space and reduce the visible height of the project by redistributing 42,000 square feet of space. Building 2 will be comprised of five townhouses.

Unaffected are the number of condominiums, which remains at 30 units, and the number of apartments, which remains at 200 units. The number of affordable housing units are also unaffected. All residential is essentially the same in size.

The following changes were made:

Building 1

  • Reduction in overall GFA by approx. 42k SF through removal of one floor;
  • Adjustments to remaining above-grade floor-to-ceiling heights;
  • New residences added with extension of southern portion of the building into area previously proposed as Windom Walk;
  • Addition of lower-level residences in area previously devoted to parking;
  • Courtyards adjacent to 48th Street lowered by one level;
  • Increased SF for grocery/retail use in Building 1 (approx. 2300 SF);
  • Added condenser units and mechanical screen wall to upper PH;
  • Addition of partial parking level to maintain previously proposed number of parking spaces;
  • Modified loading facilities to provide one 30' berth, one 55' berth and a 20' delivery space;
  • Changed window frame color on western portion of building from black to white.

Building 2

  • Replaced with five lower-scale townhomes

The developer's February 2018 request to defer deliberation by the Zoning Commission so that revised plans could be submitted by June 18. 2018 was approved.


The Ladybird Project Details


Updated plans for The Ladybird presented in spring 2016 call for 30 condos, 200 apartments, a grocery store and other ground floor retail, approximately 300 parking spaces, and a Capital Bikeshare station. The project will offer a 10% (25 units) ADU/IZ component housed through both buildings. Developers show two residential buildings separated by a promenade, one condominium and the other for-lease apartments. The development is sited on a 120,000 square foot plot bordered by Massachusetts Avenue, Yuma and 48th Streets and includes the Spring Valley Shopping Center, vacated grocery building and some small retail and dining establishments. The 48th Street side was broken down into two buildings. The 4 story southeast building will be solely residential. a small, beaux-arts French Revival style building with a mansard roof at the 4th floor, intended to reduce scale and give the appearance of a three-story building. The 5 story northeast building will be changed to three 4-story pavilions, each with two three-story bays to further reduce scale and blend with adjacent single-family homes. This is a mixed-use building, with residential and retail. Along Yuma, the building façade will show two different styles; a classical façade wrapping the corner and continuing halfway down Yuma, stepping back and terracing down one story. This will give the appearance that it is 4 stories tall, while the retail level is exposed as the grade falls to the west. Fifty percent of the 1st floor is below ground, the proposed grocery store below grade. The façade language of the western portion of the building will be high style classical with a rusticated arcaded base and ornamented colonnaded top. A residential lobby and retail will occupy the ground floor. Between them, “Windom Walk, a public promenade connecting Windom Place to Massachusetts Avenue. Both buildings will offer roof terraces and lounge areas, at least one has a swimming pool. Original plans included 200-250 two and three BR units within two buildings for the former Superfresh market site PUD (Planned Unit Development) with 2-story townhomes along 48th Street and a five-story residential building at 48th & Yuma along with 60k – 70k SF of retail, possibly including a grocery store. There were approx. 150 dedicated parking spaces in this design, 50 for open parking and 100-130 retail spaces.

Community Engagement


DCOZ, ANC, HPRB, BZA and associated documentation for The Ladybird project.

Community engagement

DCOZ Case Exhibits for The Ladybird


Floor Plans


Floor plans for The Ladybird are not yet available. Contact us for updates. Development and MRIS information on this site is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Square footage and other details are as represented by sellers, their representatives and/or developers.

The Ladybird Design Details


Unit interior design details for The Ladybird are not yet available.

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