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Background & Site History

History of the Site

The site, bounded by Wythe Street to the north, North Royal Street to the east, Pendleton Street to the south and North Pitt Street to the west, was first mapped by the Sanborn Map Company in 1912.  At that time, there was a row of eight two-story frame rowhouses on the west side of the block, along North Pitt Street.  By 1921, the number of homes had grown to include eight two-story frame rowhouses with accessory structures on the south side of the block, along Pendleton Street.  The block remained largely consistent in the 1941 Map.  However, in 1945, the existing bus garage was constructed on the site. 

The 1958 Sanborn map described the building as having steel columns, concrete floors and a metal deck roof on steel trusses.  In addition to the bus garage, which was labeled A.B. & W. Transit Company Bus Garage, there was a narrow, one-story accessory structure on the eastern boundary of the site. 

Old Town North Small Area Plan

The Old Town North Small Area Plan, adopted as part of the City’s Master Plan in 1992, recognized the WMATA Bus Barn as a potential redevelopment site, and recommended rezoning the property from commercial to residential.  The Plan specifically noted that the site and immediately surrounding area were more appropriately designated residential, as the site was viewed as an extension of the lower scale townhouse character prevalent in Old Town.  The Plan stated that the WMATA bus barn is “wholly incompatible with residential development existing to the north, east and south.  When the site is redeveloped it should be developed for townhouses at moderate densities.”  Therefore, the site was rezoned to RM, a residential townhouse zone.


The site is currently zoned RM - Residential Townhouse Zone. The purpose of the RM townhouse zone is to “provide and maintain land areas for medium density residential neighborhoods of single-family, two-family and townhouse dwellings.”  “Non-residential uses of a noncommercial nature which are related to, supportive of and customarily found in such residential neighborhoods are also permitted.”  These uses include churches, public parks and public schools.

Existing Site Information

Lot size: 87,173 sq. ft.
Lot acreage: 2.0 ac
Building Gross Sq. Footage: 48,441 sq. ft.
FAR: 0.56
Building Height: Approx. 25ft.

RM Zone

Max Height: 35ft. (45 ft. if ridge line of roof is parallel to the street and slope of roof compatible with neighboring buildings.
Open Space: 35%
Density: Max. 30 dwelling units/acre
FAR: 1.50 Maximum