Just when Woodley Park residents thought they were safe from college kids, tucked safely across the bridge from rowdy Adams Morgan, a new development, the Debonair, will bring the college students right to their doorsteps. Debonair, by developers Ashbourne Developments LLC, will bring 11,000 s.f. of student housing to 2608-2612 Connecticut Avenue, which currently sports a drycleaner and surface parking lot in the rear. Groundbreaking for the project is April 20th at 11 AM.
The four-story residential building, directly next to the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Metro entrance, will have one level of parking, accessed from 24th Street. DCMud reported the project last June, but recently Boston University signed a long term lease for the apartment building as a home for its student interns. According to Crispin Etherington, founder of Ashbourne Development, "BU is currently located in a building two blocks away and several other universities have housing in the Woodley Park area."
In a press release, project architect Todd Ray of Studio27 Architecture said, "the building is designed to complement the existing urban fabric." The structure is described as having an "historically influenced limestone and brick" facade with "three bays of oversized balconied windows."
The owners of the Debonair Cleaners at 2610 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Shahram and Maria Taginya, hired Ashbourne in 2009 to create a residential building directly behind their storefront. The cleaners will stay in place during construction and a neighboring space has been leased by an unnamed Italian restaurant, which will open late summer 2010. The student housing construction is expected to be ready in time for the spring 2011 semester. Monarc Construction will serve as general contractor.
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