Monday, April 04, 2011

Douglas' 450 K Street in Final Design Phase for January Groundbreaking

On March 24, the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) gave the go-ahead (with a few reservations) to Douglas Development's plans to build out 450 K Street N.W., a 13 story, 250 unit development in Mount Vernon Triangle. The finished project will be managed by Kettler.

R2L Architects Principal Tom Lenar said designs for the facade are being finalized to address HPRB concerns over a west end wall that is not as deep as the modestly sized adjoining buildings.

The HPRB report advised that "while this is not problematic in itself, it does suggest that that west wall need not be 'sculpted' and complicated by the division of the three window bays into separate columns at different planes...a more straightforward approach, as on the east end, would be better."

The organization also requested recessed, more traditional balconies as opposed to steel suspended ones which HPRB deemed "out of character with a historic district," though Mt. Vernon Triangle has far more numerous parking lots and newer towers than historic properties. Lenar said he expected the design changes will be reviewed by HPRB by the end of the month.

Other design features embraced by HPRB are the 5,000 s.f. of ground floor retail and the "modified C plan" which allows for outdoor space and more sunlight into the building. Amenities include a cyber cafe, fitness center, roof deck, and pool. Lenar said the developers are hoping for a January 2012 groundbreaking for a project that's projected to span 18 to 20 months.

Washington, D.C. real estate development news


Anonymous said...

it is absurd that this is a historic district.

Anonymous said...

Yikes! The original design was much better, I'm afraid.

Anonymous said...

is this the "here comes the neighborhood" building?

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