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  • hard to tell if that’s wood-frame or concrete (clearly the bottom story is concrete, but above that it’s unclear). would be a shame to have another wood-frame building going in. i’m still amazed people don’t pay more attention to how important this is to the quality of a building.

  • It is definitely all wood frame above the first floor. Any prospective residents should get very comfortable with the sounds of their neighbors as well as Florida Ave traffic/ambulances.

  • This building, a rental building, is in fact a wood framed building. JBG is building crap in our neighborhood. Problem is, such “crap” is not in violation of the building code. IF WE HAD MORE EDUCATED CONSUMERS, they would not BUY OR RENT “crap” but look instead for good, concrete structures to purchase/rent in.

    • In fairness, concrete construction would be more expensive. Yeah, I could see it be an issue when buying a place. But, if you are just renting for a couple years, I could see a lot of people liking the option of renting a cheaper/less well built place to save some money in the short term.

      • “Anonymous, 12:05pm”, Are you a JBG PR person? I have an overall, deep curiosity on the economics of this matter and believe that homeowner-consumers/purchasers, specifically, are getting ripped off and over charged for wood-framed buildings. Wood framed structures – and their developers which are perpetrating the weak/under-informed consumer with these – are unfortunately popping up all over mid-city DC, are subjugating future owners with unending frustration/noise between units as well as saddling them with deep, unforeseen, yearly maintenance costs.

        • To be fair, what these construction companies are doing is not at all illegal. I agree with you that they’re making ridiculous profits off many such stick buildings, I’m not sure what can be done about this so long that it’s structurally sound, something a whole lot of engineers/etc figured it to be.

        • No, I’m not a JBG PR person. I tried to be tactful, starting my post with “in fairness” and offering alternative view points to what you said. Why can’t you just debate the point?

          Do you have any actually data on the cost differential between wood frames and concrete construction or any knowledge of the construction business?

          I don’t, but I’m not trying to micromanage other people’s projects.

          It looks like steel construction is about 20% more on a per sq foot basis than using wood framed. Obviously rents wouldn’t need to be 20% more, but to say it wouldn’t impact the rent or the developers incentive to build seems dubious.


  • For everyone that doesn’t know these lots, they are above the metro. They CANT use concrete to build the entire structure because the metro is located below ground and they could only put so much weight on the property. Its the only type of construction that was allowed

    • “Anonymous, 12:47 pm”””: I am quite certain that you do not know what you are talking about and are not in a trade/profession which would be able to accurately convey the truth on this matter. Your comment, is therefore, I believe, quite preposterous. All over downtown, above metro stops, there are 12-story concrete-structured buildings.

    • While you’re right that this is directly above the metro, that has nothing to do with the construction choices that were made.

  • I hope the future residents enjoy hearing every…single…footstep of their upstairs neighbors.

  • thatnewplaceon14th

    I miss the parking lot that used to be here where we could buy back our stolen goods.

    I kid, I kid!

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