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2700 Woodley Road, NW

Like the way this new construction turned out?

Their website says:

“Experience the height of luxury at The Woodley. With 212 distinctive residences that reflect the cultivated lifestyle of DC’s most desirable neighborhood, The Woodley offers unmatched amenities and signature services dedicated to meet your every need.

Stunning studio, one, two and three bedroom homes and penthouses offer the sophistication of rich finishes, hardwood flooring and private balconies. State-of-the-art gourmet kitchens feature sophisticated granite countertops, raised panel wood cabinetry and award-winning Kitchen Aid Architect Series appliances.

Residents at The Woodley enjoy 24-hour concierge services, including package retrieval, valet dry cleaning and away from home services.”

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2300-2310 Connecticut Ave, NW

Lots of folks have sent in photos of the facade of the old Chinese Embassy on Connecticut Ave just past the Taft bridge between Dupont and Woodley Park. Here’s the first rendering I’ve seen:

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Here’s an old press release from May 2013 when ground was broken:

“DTZ announced today that ground was broken on a new 370,000 square-foot Residential Compound for Chinese Embassy diplomats at 2300 Connecticut Avenue N.W. The new building will occupy the former site of the first Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the US, which opened in the early 1970s. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has since moved its’ Embassy to 3505 International Place, NW.

The construction phase is programmed for 26 months with a completion date scheduled for the summer of 2015. (more…)

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655 K Street, NW (at New York Ave)

A reader writes:

“Out walking Sunday morning and saw this. It appears that one of the saved buildings that was moved from its original foundation, then moved again to its new location,adjacent to the new medical college headquarters building, has collapsed! I asked the construction guy, putting up the caution tape, what happened but his only response was “I can’t discuss it”.

Another reader writes:

“Spotted this on the walk to work this morning. One of the facades of a building that was move at the NY Ave Assoc. Of American Medical Colleges collapsed overnight. It’s cool to watch them move and preserve these buildings so it’s kind of a bummer that this happened.”

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From an email:

“Outrageous/Detrimental District Emergency Legislation

What: Developer Seeking Exemptions in Ward 8 Historic District — can set precedent for other historic communities & has far reaching implications

Legislative Hearing Date: April 8, 2014

Emergency Big K Legislation to City Council

This District emergency resolution attached above is not acceptable. It is targeted at present, to the residential development proposed at the commercial corridor on Martin Luther King Jr Ave, SE. Which is also in the Historic District.

It’s content is based on unfounded fear mongering, and is beneath the City and pandering. Near term development along the Historic District of Martin Luther King Jr Ave, SE is inevitable and occurring. Language in the Resolution is attempting to create poor, substandard outcomes with old, stale facts.

Where developers want to establish affordable housing developments in historic districts, to preserve the City’s heritage, they must be compelled to accomplish the developments within the reasonable historic guidelines. Passage of the legislative, as is, has the potential to alter the landscape of the historic district. The present language is sweeping and broad. (more…)

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From DC Public Library:

“Meet the team chosen to design the renovation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Gary Martinez and Tom Johnson, of Washington, D.C.-based Martinez + Johnson Architecture and Francine Houben, of Dutch firm Mecanoo.

A brief presentation will be followed by a reception and conversation.

Tuesday
March 25 | 6 p.m.
Great Hall

Light refreshments provided by the DC Public Library Foundation.

Learn about plans for MLK Library @ dclibrary.org/mlkfuture
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library | 901 G St. NW | Washington, DC 20001 | (202) 727-0321″