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photos courtesy Golden Triangle BID

From a press release:

“Akridge and Mitsui Fudosan America announced today the grand opening of 1200 Seventeenth Street NW, a 170,000 square foot, commercial office building, two blocks from the Farragut North Red Line Metro station in the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District. The trophy class building is designed to achieve the highest level of environmental sustainability, LEED Platinum.

Ideally located near three Metro lines, the building offers glass on all four sides, expansive ceiling heights, efficient floor plates, a full service 2,500 square foot fitness center, and a best-in-class Client-only rooftop event space framed by a landscaped green roof. 1200 Seventeenth has immediate access to myriad retail, dining, and hospitality amenities on Connecticut Avenue, just steps away. 1200 Seventeenth Street NW features floor-to-ceiling glass and column-free efficient interiors. The building accommodates 9’0” ceiling heights throughout the space and has views of St. Matthews Cathedral to the west, National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to the east, and the Washington Monument to the south.

Akridge and Mitsui Fudosan America developed 1200 Seventeenth with an ambitious vision to deploy forward-thinking, efficient design and sustainable features. The building design integrates water-saving fixtures that create a 40% reduction in water use, low-emitting materials and ample ventilation to increase air quality, and abundant daylight and views to enhance the quality of life and overall work environment for its occupants. Additionally, the building’s construction used 20% recycled content and recycled over 75% of the construction waste generated, and the building will generate 35% of its power from green power sources. The building features a state-of-the-art, dedicated outside air system (DOAS) with VAV controls, averaging 33% more efficiency than a conventional VAV system.”

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1200 17th St, NW in 2012

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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…)