Rendering and plans for Douglas Development project coming to Chinatown in former Burma/Kanlaya/Urfa Tomato Kabob buildings


I just noticed the rendering posted out front of the Burma restaurant that closed at the end of 2013. Here’s a clearer shot from their website:


Douglas’ website says:

“Douglas Development acquired both 736 and 740 6th Street in 2013. The redevelopment plan for the properties is to combine the two buildings into one modern office building with street level retail. Plans for the redevelopment include adding a modern brick and glass facade to the exterior of the structure, gutting and remodeling the interior and increasing both structures to be a total of four stories.

This new property is in the initial planning stage. Plans for the property will evolve through the planning and permitting stages.

Proposed Redeveloped Building Combining both 736 and 740 6th Street NW:

18,456 rentable square feet (4,500 sf retail; 13,956 sf office)
Redeveloped 2014-2015
Four-story class B office building with street level retail”

736a and former Urfa tomato kabob space at 740 6th Street, NW

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  • Well that’s boring. Yawn.

  • Looks classy, I like it.

  • Looks like every other generic Douglas project.

  • Yuck…boring.

    I really hope they put the signs back up and continue to have 2-story retail. Granted the buildings were not marvels in their current form. But, they did give off an organic urban feel that is sadly missing in the office park known as downtown DC.

    • By “organic urban” do you mean a random mishmash of hobbled together houses? I think the new building will look just as much “in-place” as these older ones, just newer and cleaner.

  • I miss Urfa terribly 🙁

  • Emmaleigh504

    Boring and it’s going to look so dated in like 10 years.

    • Are you kidding me? This “warehouse” design has been around for ages. I will look much less dated than all those glass boxes coming up in the area.

  • I miss Burma. Sure it was housed in a former martial arts studio without central AC, but it was worth visiting even before Penn Quarter became Disneyworld

  • This is too bad. The Burma building was really an interesting throwback, and it made me feel like I was on a film noir set when I’d go in there. Certainly not historically significant, but a loss of atmosphere nevertheless.

    • Film noir. Yeah, now that you mention it. I always felt the Burma building had a certain spirit, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it until now…

  • I miss Burma so much.

  • Sentimental me: I used to loooove Burma and Urfa and their friendly owners. Why is change the only constant in life?
    Realistic me: The new building is a handsome design and will probably age better than the old one. Plus, I only ate at those places a handful of times per year – clearly not enough to keep them in business. C’est la vie…

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