Thursday, November 15, 2012

Bozzuto to Begin 460 NY Ave. This Winter

Image: WDG website

Work on a 63-unit condominium building at the corner of L Street and New York Avenue NW, will begin in the first quarter of 2013, a representative with Bozzuto Development Company told DCMudWDG Architecture's design for the building adds an 8-story, contemporary structure directly on top of the existing warehouse.

According to Lauren McDonald, Bozzuto is in the process of applying for permits to start building the 11-story structure at 460 New York Avenue and anticipates completing the building in the spring or summer of 2014.   The condominium building, built on a small 9,059 square foot lot in the fast-growing Mount Vernon Triangle, will add more density to a neighborhood that, until the last five years, was landscaped by mostly parking lots and warehouses.  The new building will face the Safeway in the CityVista condominium building, which opened in 2007, and back up against The Meridian apartment building.

Image: WDG website
An existing three-story warehouse, dating to 1902 and vacant for years, will be preserved and incorporated into the condo, a change from earlier demolition plans, will be preserved and incorporated into the condo as an adaptive re-use of the structure.  Original plans released in 2010 called for relocation of the three-story structure, but that same year Bozzuto asked for a two-year delay on beginning construction.  Bozzuto then changed plans, reducing the size of the building from 13 stories and 86 units to 11 stories and 63 units.

Image: WDG website

The latest incarnation of the project includes 36 parking spaces accessed via a mechanical lift that will hoist cars up to be stored suspended vertically over each other to save space.   The building's design, in line with a developer trend toward building smaller units, will feature 63 "studio, one, and one bedroom/den units," according to a project architect description on its website.  Plans emphasize "efficient design", amenities like large common areas, large windows, and balconies, and the "unmet demand from smaller households for stylish but economical living," according to WDG.

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Anonymous said...

Best argument against Historic Preservation I've ever seen. Is this a threat or a real proposal?

Skidrowe said...

Doubtless keeping the old building adds complication to the project, but it adds so much gravitas and style. It's clearly the right decision.

Re the previous commenter, I don't see this as an argument against historic preservation. That's still needed. But I do hope that preservationists, seeing projects like this and like those in the (non-historically-protected) area between U Street and Florida Avenue NW, can back off a little. It isn't 1965 anymore. Developers and architects (and even the Mandarins of the whole thing, development financiers) in a sophisticated market like Washington understand that many old buildings have value.

Anonymous said...

I am all for historic preservation, but not even attempting to match the facade of the building being added onto is completely absurd. One of my favorite apartment buildings are the Yale properties across the street, which in my opinion, eloquently match the new and historic buildings perfectly. At first glance, it is difficult to determine which structures have been restored, and which have been build from the ground up. Brilliant design and foresight on that project.

Two thumbs down for Buzzutos pathetic and lazy attempt throw up another cookie cutter building over top of the great historic warehouse base.

Anonymous said...

HPRB swats at the gnats and gets bit by the horseflies.

Anonymous said...

I think that preserving the warehouse building was the right decision -- it maintains some important historic texture in the area -- and I also think the contrasting design of the addition is appropriate. The boxy, brick warehouse is okay as a low-scale building, but you wouldn't want that sort of design all the way up in a taller building. I also think the contrast between the dark, boxy base and the light, serrated addition makes for a pleasantly lively composition. In short, I like it.

Anonymous said...

"The project includes 36 parking spaces accessed via a mechanical lift that will hoist cars up to be stored suspended vertically over each other to save space."

This is a joke, right?

Anonymous said...

Nice to see this project moving forward. That area is gradually shaping up into a real neighborhood. Any news on the 455 Eye Street project? It was supposed to breakground in August, but it doesn't appear anything has happened yet.

Anonymous said...

Why would the parking lift be a joke? It doesn't sound that ridiculous.

bark said...

no retail?

Sam Shipley on Nov 19, 2012, 12:24:00 PM said...

The developer and architect will be presenting the proposal at the next Mount Vernon Square Neighborhood Association meeting tomorrow night - 7:30 at the Yale West Apts. Common Room.

Anonymous said...

I believe that the main reason they are keeping the warehouse is to maintain the 100% occupancy of the lot. I had heard that if they demolished it, the new building would be limited to the present 65%-70% lot occupancy limit.

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