Another Massive Transformation Coming to the Corner of 14th and W St, NW – Check Out the Future LUMEN Condos, Coming Summer 2015

Rendering via LUMEN Condominiums

An update on the massive transformation coming to 14th and W St, NW. Ed. Note: The northeast corner of 14th and W St, NW saw a massive transformation back in 2012. The Lumen Website says:

“18 Exclusive Fourteenth Street
Condos | Arriving Summer 2015”

14th and W Street, NW Today:

2200 14th Street, NW


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  • Yeah, that’s definitely the northwest corner…

  • Seems a bit of an exaggeration to call that a “massive transformation.” Unfortunately, it looks like every other new dull midsize DC condo/apt development.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      Uh, if you look at the photos of how the corner looks now and you look at the rendering and you say to yourself, “meh that’s not a massive transformation because I don’t like the architecture” that’s all good. But you can not deny that corner is being transformed, massively. If you do, well then we just have massively different opinions on what the word transformation means…

    • What are you talking about? Just on the façade materials and coloring, I’d say this is pretty unique. Or does it look like every other development in the sense that it has walls, doors, windows, etc?

    • it is currently a vacant lot with a chain link fence around it, and it will soon be a gorgeous new-construction condo. Definitely a massive transformation. And, this far up 14th street, will probably be priced so that firefighters, teachers, police officers, social workers, employees of nonprofits, veterinarian technicians, green-power visionaries, factory workers, etc will be able to afford to stay in the city. Great news all around.

      • I completely agree on the first point (re this being a massive transformation)…on the second, though, not so much. This is just north of U St. and adjacent to some of the most expensive condos in town.

      • I was with you until you said that 14th and W was “far up 14th Street” — where exactly is W Street far from?

      • Um, it’s two blocks above 14th and will mos’ def not be priced for firefighters and teachers.

      • You can’t be serious. I just laughed my ass off at the last part of your statement. WTF are you talking about? No blue collar civil servants will be living here – I promise you.

    • I wonder if there were people like you a hundred years ago. “ANOTHER block of brick federal-style rowhouses?! It looks like every other new dull DC development.”

      • +1 I was about to write the exact same thing. A lot of the architecture we respect and admire today was commonplace when it was first built. The architecture I appreciate, particularly for residential buildings, respects its surroundings and is designed for how people actually live. While one or both of these characteristics are lacking more often than not, I would much rather live in this building than some artistic monstrosity on the architectural cutting edge.

    • lovefifteen

      It may not be “massive” transformation, GK, but you certainly come across like a massive tool.

      • Easy people. I’m all for increasing the supply of housing for young K Street associates– as close to Trader Joe’s as possible, even– I just think they’d want something less soporific and that would outlast the next housing bubble and climate change.

  • Maybe this will inspire at least a few people to actually venture inside MOVA a few doors down.

  • what do people want buildings of this size to look like? i always see complaints, but never suggestions.

    • I personally want all apartment buildings to look like the Cairo on Q Street. Or something similar. Deco, marble or granite, not the glass-and-steel-boxes-of-death that any jerk with a Mies van der Rohe textbook can whip up.

      The Harper has been one of the most successful compromises, so far. The brick gives it more character than the average new apartment building.

      • Ugh, while I acknowledge that it’s just a matter of taste, I hate this viewpoint. Brick stone brick brick brick. Personally, I think a diversity of design is great, but that there isn’t quite enough truly modern design in DC to accomplish that diversity.

        • That’s a fair point. I think part of the aversion to the postmodern buildings under construction is that they’re much bigger than what they replace, so you miss out on that patchwork effect of having many buildings of similar size, but of differing styles.

          But you know, we’re catching up. So we theoretically have the space to build not just glass-and-steel, but Chicago school or Romanesque revival or even Beaux-Arts condos!

        • That’s a fair point. I think part of the aversion to the postmodern buildings under construction is that they’re much bigger than what they replace, so you miss out on that patchwork effect of having many buildings of similar size, but of differing styles.

          But you know, we’re catching up. So we theoretically have the space to build not just glass-and-steel, but Chicago school or Romanesque revival or even Beaux-Arts condos!

    • Anything but a square box with right angles.
      There’s plenty of other recent options out there to use as examples: Astor Place condos in NYC, the new Gehry designed tower in NYC at 8 Spruce Street, or the Opus in Hong Kong. And that’s just at the luxury end of the market. So much more could be done at the affordable end, using prefabricated green design components.

  • PHEW, I thought for a second the McDonald’s black family reunion mural had been scraped off the wall. But then I realized that this is a different corner.

    Won’t be long though, I’m sure.

  • Great addition to the previously unused corner. The number of available properties along 14th b/w Rhode Island and Florida get smaller every month. Love it.

  • I personaly love all the new buildings going up in this area. My one concern is parking. I live in a row house with no off-street parking and I am hoping these condos are building parking garages. I would love to get rid of my car but unfortunately I need it too often to do that. Our can we at least start booting the out of state cars that park in zoned-only residential parking!

    • I’m with you but I guarantee you are about to get lambasted for your comment 🙂

    • Consider this a lambasting. Less parking, please.

      • I get that we need less cars in the city but I don’t see people getting rid of their cars anytime soon. If the condos built garages at least we could keep the cars off the street. Hopefully I can get rid of my car soon so this will be a moot issue for me but I do think the city should be addressing this issue instead of building without regard to it.

        • The thinking is that there simply isn’t enough space for all these cars. If DC adds another 200,000 people, and 150,000 cars, the numbers simply don’t work, and all of a sudden it is constant gridlock. No one wants that. Thats why some people are trying to encourage neighborhoods that make it easier to go car-free. When you make it too easy to have a car (Force a developer to build more parking than demanded, at which point he will charge less than market rates to fill a spot) then it goes against making a neighborhood car free.

          With that said, I hear you. Parking sucks, and I don’t blame you for wanting to ditch the car!

          • Well, i’m all about the neighborhoods going car free I just don’t have much faith in my neighbors actually going car free. Oh well, still excited about all the new pretty buildings and neighbors!

          • The answer is not to build more parking. The right answer is to make car owners pay the true cost of their car use by increasing the fees for keeping one in an extremely dense part of town. Create more economic incentives to get rid of the car.

          • so then only rich people have cars. brilliant.

          • the real way to reduce car ownership is not to make it more expensive but to encourage specific business to open making a car less necessary.

            incentives rather than punishment is always the better path.

        • car ownership rates have been going down actually.

      • lovefifteen

        It’s not “punishment” to make parking cost more. It’s just allowing parking to cost what it actually should cost if the market were truly free. Parking is currently cheaper than it should be because many developers are forced by law to create parking spaces underground before they can build. Building underground parking is not profitable at all, and those costs have to be passed on. Forcing developers to create parking makes parking artificially cheaper than it should be.

  • I’m glad that the empty lot will transform into a nice new condo. I’ve lived in the neighborhood off and on since the 1980s. It’s a definite improvement. But why are exactly zero people of color represented in the rendering? Seriously.

    • Huh? I only see one ostensibly white face in that rendering. What are you talking about?

    • Shaw neighbor, you are the epitome of trying to find something that is not there. That is a ridiculous statement, as it was stated only one face is recognized showing a distinction of race.

      • Sorry you two, I counted about 14 white people in the rendering. Come on, take the challenge … click on the website to see a bigger rendering, then apologize to Shaw Neighbor for not believing him/her.

  • This thread is similar to the ones where people complain about another bar coming into the neighborhood instead of a independent bookstore or a ______ (insert establishment other than bar or restaurant). My response to that is…if you want a bookstore, then open one yourself.

    If you don’t like the design of this building, then either become an architect and design something different OR become a developer and hire an architect who will design something different.

    As for me, I am thrilled that this vacant lot will become something other than a vacant lot. AND am thrilled that perhaps MOVA will get more customers.

  • Oh man. W St. was such a pain driving on (and is a busy and useful street eastbound at rush hour) while they built 14W. They closed the street all the time without notice during construction. I imagine much the same will happen here. On the other hand, it is much better than the existing conditions. Does anyone know if these condos then rentals are filling up? I work over in NOMA and the pace of construction there is staggering, but as far as I can tell the buildings are not fully occupied.

  • Despite three references here, no one has actually defined “MOVA”. So, what the hell is MOVA?

    • Mova is a sorta gay / mixed bar that’s in the three floor red brick building in the last photo between the yellow building and the two floor building with that weird metal mesh beside the lot. They’ve got a pretty great roof deck, but the crowd is always pretty thin, despite a nice space and some good drink prices. I think they used to be across from the Whole Foods in Logan before moving to this space a few years ago.

      • Whoa, do I feel out of the loop. I’ve never heard of this place. I thought it was some absurd name for a neighborhood.

    • lovefifteen

      Mova was a gay bar, but it’s so sparely attended that it sort of morphed into a mixed bar. I can’t imagine 14 condos saving it though.

  • I actually kinda like it. The facade has enough bays and balconies that it reads like a comprehensive, three-dimensional building, and not like a plain box to me. Besides. an overall box shape is the shape of the lot, and the top is capped out by the width of the street it’s on.
    It’s not like we were going to get a weird single family home on a rectangular lot this size in this location in the shape of a mini Seattle Space Needle or Rio’s Jesus Christ the Redeemer statue. So, given the incredible restrictions on what you can do with the lot in the first place, and the desire of the developer to maximize density, I think it works pretty well.

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