Check Out the New Apartment Building coming to 5333 Connecticut Ave, NW

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This is the corner that faced some neighborhood opposition.

Their website says:

“Fifty Three – Thirty Three is at the crossroads of Connecticut Avenue and Military Road, in the heart of Chevy Chase. Here, an urban sophisticated lifestyle is wedded with residential luxury, establishing the essence of crafted, modern design. Every room, every kitchen and each garden eases and inspires—so you can breathe in all of life’s little happenings.”

Anticipated opening Summer 2015.

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Jan. 2013:


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  • What laughable pr–it will look like every other new development.

  • Wow, I just rolled by there and was thinking about how much sunlight it blocked from the houses facing Military Road. They were in total darkness.

    • That’s exactly the thought I had when we drove by over the weekend. I can get why all the neighbors were upset – it really is a little too big for that space.

      • maxwell smart

        The opposition, if I recall, wasn’t so much about the height (if you look in the first photo it’s about as tall as the building next door) but rather the design – the neighborhood didn’t like the all-glass “modern” design and wanted something that was more contextual for the area.

    • I lost out on a house on that corner of Military this summer and brooded about it for a very long time. Now I feel extremely lucky.

      • The development has been approved for almost a decade and was in the news the last couple of years. Yet you still bid on a house nearby and would have been upset had this been built. Do people not do any research before they buy houses?

        • We didn’t bid on it. We decided we liked it and then someone made an all-cash bid the next day, before we could do research or anyone could bid. Nice job being nasty about it, though.

          • * All-cash offer.

          • Shawess, nice response to the anonymous snarkster. 🙂

          • Thanks, Textdoc 🙂 You know I don’t get riled here very easily, but I’m not a fan of snark, especially when it’s of the Anonymous variety!

          • It irks me when people chastise other people (especially anonymously) for not knowing certain real estate-related things, or for not having anticipated certain possibilities.
            I’ve learned a LOT about zoning, landlord-tenant issues, etc., etc. in 4-5 years of reading PoPville. But it’s not fair to expect everyone to have accumulated that same base of knowledge.

          • I didn’t phrase that well… I guess I meant that I’ve learned a lot, but I still have a lot to learn. My point was that some people think everyone SHOULD know certain things in advance and are completely unsympathetic to anyone who lacks their superior knowledge.

  • I’m assuming this has just as many ADUs as what the city is requiring in neighborhoods further East, right?

    • It better… though I don”t think this was something lobbied by the neighbors.

    • How many accessory dwelling units will be in this 10 story apartment tower? Zero. The same as every similar building in the city.

      How many IZ units are in this building? The same amount in building in every other part of town that are over 10 units total, 8-10%. In this case, there will be 19 units available to people at 50% of the AMI.

      • Actually, the requirement is that half the IZ units would be set aside for households at 50% of the AMI and half of the IZ units would be set aside for households at 80% of AMI, so there would be 10 units for households at 50% of AMI and 9 units for households at 80% of AMI (approximately $69,000 for a two-person HH, $61,000 for a one-person HH).

  • The other part of the dispute had to do with parking. The parking in the area is scarce enough as it is, the entrance to the lot is planned to be on already narrow Connecticut Avenue, and the builders have admitted that the garage they’re building won’t be large enough to accommodate demand. People in the area will be fighting for spots.

  • Wow, that building was being blocked by the neighborhood for years. I”m shocked it’s almost done. I’ll still never know why the developer was so insistent on going with a contemporary design. It does seem out of place in Upper NW.

    • west_egg

      Cost, perhaps? I really have no clue at all, but if I had to guess I’d say contemporary design & materials might be less expensive than fussy stone/brickwork/etc. But yeah, I definitely agree about it being out of character.

      • The residents of Chevy Chase voted against a historic district that would have encompassed this development. Like the last three major historic districts proposed in medium-density areas (this, Lanier Heights, Barney Circle), the residents realized the downsides of losing “character” with new development is outweighed by the absurdities of historic preservation law. Though it looks like Lanier Heights is going to succeed with downzoning.

        On a related note, DC HPO and the council really need to get their shit together and pass legislation allowing for conservation districts.

        • “Though it looks like Lanier Heights is going to succeed with downzoning.”

          Um, it’s not over yet, my anonymous friend.

          Neighbors Against Downzoning is looking forward to an opportunity to engage the Zoning Commission on this question.

          Stay tuned.

        • What are the absurdities of the preservation law?

          • “Absurdities” maybe isn’t quite the right word. If you’re in a historic district and you don’t need to make any exterior changes or renovations, you’re fine, BUT if you need to replace anything on the exterior (like a fence or windows) it has to pass muster with Historic Preservation Review Board. I think this usually means that people have to use wood-framed windows rather than vinyl ones. Not sure whether HPRB also dictates the style of windows as far as mullions/panes (e.g., one-over-one, nine-over-nine, etc.)
            Personally, I’d like the city to start offering conservation districts as an option. It would be helpful if there were an option in between full-on historic districts and the “anything within zoning regulations goes.”

  • Hilarious marketing photos. Looks like another cold and character-less building… more like an office building then apartments. Also why are there no blinds or curtains on the windows?! Bozzuto should know better…

  • Look at you with your faaaaancy cement instead of stick construction. What is this the 70’s? Get with the times you hippie freak!

  • Good. Not a fan of the design, but we need more housing supply in this part of the city. I truly hope that the developer didn’t find some sneaky way around the IZ/affordable housing requirements.

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