Monday, December 21, 2009

AHC Plans 8-Story Condo for Rosslyn

A three-story apartment complex in Rosslyn could soon be replaced by an eight-story condo and apartment building, bringing upwards of 225 units of metro-centric residential development. AHC, Inc. owns the 67 year old, 42-unit building at 1545 Key Boulevard, five blocks from the Rosslyn metro. AHC plans to build up the 1.24 acre site to replace the outdated building in need of serious upgrades. If all goes according to plan, the new development could be ready for move-in within four years, including planning, permitting and construction.

The developer's rationale behind replacing the existing building with a larger new building is related to concerns over the energy-efficiency of the building, aging systems and handicap-accessibility issues, among others. AHC began the planning process for the development considering the "significant investment needed to address the various deficiencies" and the site's "proximity to D.C."
The proposed project would include between 175 and 225 condominium and affordable rental apartment units with below-grade parking.

AHC's initial timeline includes 1-2 months of community outreach, followed by up to 12 months of planning and review, up to 12 months for permitting and approximately 24 months for construction. The group hopes to submit a site plan application to the County by June 2010. AHC is working with Bush Construction Corp. as their general contractor and development partner for the condo element of the project. Though the group has been consulting an architectural firm, there is currently no architect of record.


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