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  • “The Lima is a new boutique condo project by Sequar Development on the corner of 11th and V in the Howard U./Shaw, DC neighborhood, across the street from the Beauregard Condominiums (2100 11th Street NW).
    Thirty-one 1 BR units are reportedly planned for The Lima Condos. SF will be approximately 850 per unit. Prices are estimated to start at $449,900 and go to PH prices of approx. $1M. The Lima is currently in the excavation stage. Delivery projected for mid-2013.

    Habte Sequar previously developed the Cardozo, The Josephine, The Renaissance and 440 Rhode Island.”

  • Thank goodness the end result looks eactly like any other new building a few blocks away on 14th St.

  • Hey whats up with the house few 3 doors down- you know the one with that 3 story pop up, thats maybe 10ft wide. Any progress on that?

  • Not a fan, but that’s ok, I’m not in the market for a condo. Didn’t the neighboring building, the Floridian, have a tough time selling it’s units?

    • isn’t the floridian like 2.5 blocks away?

    • I think they had some problems selling some of the units, but that was more because of the very strange floorplans in some of the units. The majority of the units sold within a month of the property coming back on the market, I believe. I know because I had looked here when they first went on the market. I was interested in about two of the floorplans, but those were all under contract like two weeks later. I don’t think the location or modern look of the building were an issue.

      This will have no problem selling. The building looks nice from the outside and it’s in a great location. This part of eastern U street is getting pretty popular, especially with the development further east on 7th.

  • Yikes. That’s hideous. Luckily, it’ll be overshadowed by that pop-up next door when it hits its full height of 40 stories.

  • LOL @ that rendering. As if you build a few dozen condo units and all of a sudden the street is teeming with pedestrians. Right.

  • This has been a much more pleasant construction than the super-skinny condo going up on V (my former neighbor). And the end result will be much better than an empty service station.

    • And the builder is a nice dude. Just wanted to say that.

    • I walked by there last week and that thing was even taller. I got scared just looking at it, lol. It’s popping up 4 stories above the tiny house. The pop-up itself is 1.5-2x the height of the original house structure.

      • The pop-up keeps growing. They had a stop work order at some point recently, but that seems to have been lifted so more cinder blocks could be added. Here’s hoping we don’t have the remnants from another hurricane in 2013, because that thing will surely come crashing down. I live on W Street and will have to send Popville some regular photo updates.

        • Please do. I took some photos with my iPhone but it did not do the pop-up justice (weird issues with light & shadows).

          If you have a legit camera, please take some pics and send them in. It’s almost too incredible to believe when you see it in person. I think that they added another floor of cinder blocks ABOVE the steel trellis structure. Crazy.

  • Whew, that is hideous. I wish we could have some interesting architecture rather than big boxes.

  • $450k+ for wood frame construction?!? Get real. Hope you enjoy your neighbor having Saturday morning “relations” with his boyfriend/girlfriend and your other neighbor telling you to turn down your music.

    • they typically use this stuff to cut down on the noise transfer. It works wonders… http://www.soundproofingamerica.com/mass-loaded-vinyl.asp.

      Of course sound transmission is frequency dependent and so if you have a neighbor that is a baritone… you may still hear their morning “relations”.

      • Haha, we’ll its especially uncomfortable when you’re friends with said neighbor. I can tell you that the new-ish modern frame apartment building I live in does not have this soundproofing to which you refer. Or it doesn’t work. Granted, I live in a rental, but it was built as condos and only changed near the end.

  • I like this rendering so much better than the original one–the redder brick is nicer than that ubiquitous DC tan, and the bigger windows are much better. I think if it ends up looking like this it’l’ fit in pretty nicely with the surprisingly modern architecture in that area.

  • UGLY AND TYPICAL

  • That 3 story pop-up will be 5 stories when complete. Where is our zoning and who allowed this permit? Some people need to be stopped for single- handedly ruining a neighborhood. How does that add value to the homes on V St. that it overshadows. It’s time for PoP readers to do some investigating of this eyesore. Stop the madness.

    • What I don’t understand is why they didn’t just demo the existing structure and start building with an empty lot. It would actually end up looking a lot better. I’d rather see a solitary cinderblock monstrosity, than the current design. It’s not a historic district, so there’s no preservation issues.

      There’s something really wrong with this construction project. Nothing is adding up.

      • I walk that block a lot and agree. I guess if the block is zoned to allow buildings of a certain height and it’s not a historic district, they might be allowed to do what they want. But if it’s structurally unsound that’s a huge problem.

        I just checked PIVS and it’s still showing the stop work order. I’m not sure how it works–ie, if that keeps showing up even after it’s lifted. They did get a permit on 2/20 to erect 4 stories of scaffolding in the front yard (ugh), so that seems like DCRA is letting them work on it again? The owner is listed as Lansdowne Venture LLC, whose registered agent is David Rubino of Herndon (this–and how to contact them–is all public information through PIVS and the Virginia State Corporation Commission).

        If someone does get info, will they send it to PoP?

        • I feel so bad for the neighbors on that block.

          The popup is so ugly and looks completely out of place.

          Block = ruined.

  • Seriously, is it common to frame a building of this size out of wood? I’m not a structural engineer and I’m sure a building of that size has the necessary permits and inspections, but I’m surprised that’s up to code.

    • yes, it’s very common.

    • Sadly it is pretty common, but there is no way I would pay close to half a mil for a 1br in a wood-framed building. Hopefully buyers have lived in a wood-framed apt complex before and know what they are getting into. Aside from hearing everything from those next to/on top of/below you, it won’t be too long before the floor joists above you start creaking everytime someone takes a step. Concrete and steel is the way to go….definitely a must in my search.

  • It looks like it’s built completely out of plywood. I just don’t understand.

    • framed in lumber, skinned in plywood.
      this is how most homes are built.

      • this isn’t a “home.” it’s a 28 unit apt building. aren’t such buildings typically built out concrete and framed with steel studs?

      • Except that if you’re in a single family home, you don’t have neighbors on party walls and floors. I have two simple things I’m looking for in my next home – masonry construction and a balcony. Sadly, those are few and far between in DC.

        • “Except that if you’re in a single family home, you don’t have neighbors on party walls and floors.”

          You do if you’re in a rowhouse. (I guess by SFH you meant single-family *detached* home?)

          Fortunately, most D.C. rowhouses are old enough to have brick between them, which is good both for noise reduction and for fire safety.

        • Then you need to look at older buildings. New construction won’t have that, unless you’re buying the penthouse units (you’re on the top floor, so noise really doesn’t matter).

          • New constuction in larger buildings (10+ units) seems to be bifurcated right now: ridiculously expensive & spacious penthouse units and then fit-as-many-as-we-can-into-the-rest-of-the-building units.

            There doesn’t really seem to be a middle ground. For me, “middle ground” would be 2BR/2BA, 1100 sq ft, some private outdoor space, and perhaps a duplex style layout. You’ll find that in small, rehabbed boutique buildings.

          • i’ve seen exactly what you described in numerous new construction buildings all around the city.

  • Isnt the stinkin’ Lincoln all wood construction? Jeezus my friends could here their neighbors pass wind.

  • Why did they make the rendering of when the building would have a fire drill on a weekend day?

  • $1.1M for a plywood shack. I need to invest in plywood!

    • Investment wise, you may be interested in building and construction stocks. Home Depot has been doing great. I don’t know about Lowes, but since they are building one in DC might be worth a look.

      Global construction has rebounded pretty well and I think it’s a good investment for the next 5 year period.

  • Is it pronounced Lima as in Peru, or Lima as in beans or Ohio?

  • I live around the corner from this new construction. Glad to see new neighbors, life, taxes, and commerce, especially if it accelerates the appearance of the new grocery store next to the Floridian. BUT, it is a slap-dash bit of construction. Compare how sloppy this one is to the new construction on Vermont and T nearby. They have it going on. IMPECCABLE craftsmanship. The Lima is a kinda ramshackle by comparison. And yeah, the skinny pop up is shocking, but considering the eccentric flava of our neighborhood, it’s kid of cool. The views from the top floors are going to be INSANE.

  • Oh boy, another pile of kevlar and wall board passing as a building. I googloed all of the referenced properties and they are all hideous and cheap looking. The Josephine is particularly ghastly, even the website looks done on the cheap.

    I watched them build The Aston at 14th and R, cheaply. None of these buildings come near The Beauregard which had a first rate architect and a quality builder. These others wo’t be standing in 30 years.

  • $400k plus for stick built condos? These are not luxury. These guys are just taking people to the house with this construction. Calling something luxury does not make it so. Poor foolish buyers.

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