Saturday, March 28, 2009

UIP Moves in on Historic Connecticut Ave Space


Urban Investment Partners (UIP) is currently two months into their $1.9 million renovation of The Macklin – the 70-year old, 17-unit apartment building straddling the same stretch of Connecticut Avenue as some of Northwest’s most beloved destinations, including the Uptown Theater and the Ireland’s Four Provinces Restaurant and Pub.

Located at 2911 Newark Street, NW, the Macklin will receive a thorough 21st century upgrade, courtesy of Bonstra Haresign Architects. The development team is completely overhauling the building’s aging heating and cooling units, plumbing system, baths and kitchens – the latter of which UPI boasts will include “all-new wood cabinetry, granite or stone countertops, under-cabinet lighting, stainless steel finish appliances including mounted microwaves and dishwashers, and new tiles.”

Additionally, the Macklin’s floorplan also includes the 11,000 square feet of retail space directly below the building at 3400-3412 Connecticut Avenue, NW, which now houses the new UIP offices after their relocation from Arlington.

The Macklin renovation is ambitious if only because it seeks to improve upon the original designs of Mihran Mesrobia – the architect behind such DC landmarks as the St. Regis and the Hay-Adams Hotels, as well as the one-time chief designer for iconic, early 20th century developer, Harry Wardman.

Nonetheless, UIP succeeded where others had failed in mid-2008 when they acquired the formerly rent-controlled Cleveland Park building for $9.5 million. Earlier, in 2006, the Macklin had been the subject of a failed attempt at redevelopment by the Hastings Development Corporation, which sought to more than double the amount of units on site and install a parking garage beneath the property. Faced with the resident and community opposition, the proposal never made it beyond the planning stages.

According UIP’s Steve Schwat, the renovation is currently scheduled to wrap up in October. UIP’s own in-house general contractor, Urban CM, is overseeing construction.

The Macklin is the third such historic renovation currently that UIP currently has underway in the District. The others can be found at 1921 Kalorama Road, NW and 1706 T Street, NW, both in Adams Morgan.

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