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New Building Goes up on Vacant lot/Beautification Project in Truxton Circle

by Prince Of Petworth July 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm 27 Comments


July 2011

Last summer I wondered what beautification project was coming to the vacant lot at 1st and N St, NW. Looks like a pretty significant building is going up. I’ll update when the project is completed and/if they go on the market for sale or as rentals.


July 2010

  • Formerly of Capitol Hill

    Wow – that’s a lot of plywood!

  • Andy(2)

    Actually it’s OSP – oriented strand board. I’m hoping some cool brick goes up soon.

    • la

      OSB.

    • Anonymous

      They are already working on the brick. They started around back.

  • Tres

    Squeeeee!

  • ET

    That looks like 2 houses and not one building……??

    The scale of it looks OK and at least at this point they seem to be moving in the direction of referencing the style of neighborhood buildings.

  • LibrariNerd

    Looks pretty good. Now if they can only fix that intersection of doom.

  • Jaynuze

    There is some nice stonework in the back too … here’s hoping they sell them rather than rent.

  • J

    Hopefully it’s affordable housing. Our neighborhood is under served with affordable housing.

    • maxdc

      Yeah, just what they need at 1st and N, more affordable housing. Because the 20 square city blocks of low income housing within a few blocks of there isn’t quite enough. I also think they need more churches and liquor stores.

      • Anonymous

        i think it was sarcasm.
        remember when the office of planning proposed to move sursum corda to the white and colored playground? the neighbors went apeshit. absolutely apeshit.

    • D

      what the area is full of that. i guess u dont live in the area.
      we need more high income people in the area.
      all sursm corda does is bring lots of crime
      i was rob twice. n i see @ least 2 cars break in to twice a month

  • rjs

    Wow! A cornice on a new building! Why do so many modern buildings leave this out? Anyway, it looks pretty good except for the windows. These developers might have figured out the cornice, but not the fact that one single pane of glass does not fit in an older neighborhood where the windows have multiple panes. This is one of my biggest pet peeves.

    • Anonymous

      i like the cornice AND the windows.

  • Eric

    They really need house wrap on that exterior wood. It was already starting to deteriorate in the rain last time I biked past.

    • Developer

      Ya think?

      They also shouldn’t have paved the entire greenspace in the back with impervious pavers..

      Someone at DDOE needs to wake up when they review these projects!

      • Anonymous

        we don’t need more oversight and red tape.

        • Developer

          Be careful what you wish for. There’s a reason for DDOE, Zoning, Structural, Electrical and Plumbing. It can save lives and it’s actually what protects the rest of us from selfish a-holes.

          • Anonymous

            no, i’m pretty sure we have enough oversight. in fact, i don’t think dcra can keep up as it is. but thanks for your professional opinion.

  • Local PW

    Because nothing says “beauty” like a big apartment building with 6 inches of green space around it. That would be a pretty choice location for anybody who works in one of those big new buildings near Union Station, or has a kid at Dunbar.

  • ¢hris

    my hood represent! I think it actually might be 4 units with 2 in the back. I finally saw workers back working on it this weekend after not seeing anyone working on it since May. Lets hope they finish that thing out.

    • Tres

      I’d agree with that. I tried to guess what the configuration was from what I saw of the framing over the months. Clearly condos, not rentals.

      FWIW I love the unit block of N Street NW.

  • Truxton Circle Resident

    I also saw workers back at it, and it appears they are using brick for the whole exterior. all in all, I think I good addition to the neighborhood.

  • Anonymous

    They are condos. They were approved by all agencies including the ANC5C.
    @ Developer The pavers in the back are much better than asphalt, at least some water will get into the ground, and I am sure it will be used to park cars since they got a curb cut for the site and DDOE never reviews building permits for housing, it’s a matter of right for the landowner. He will pay a higher water bill due to DCWater’s impervious rates.
    @MAXDC & J: FYI affordable housing isn’t a project! Most people in DC qualify for affordable housing given DC’s high AMI.
    @RJS- Windows comment, really would you rather have a vacant building or one that has new windows? This isn’t an historic zone, so please take your MIMBY attitude and move to a historic zone! Multi-paned windows are not energy efficient either.

  • DCCommish

    They are condos. They were approved by all agencies including the ANC5C.
    @ Developer The pavers in the back are much better than asphalt, at least some water will get into the ground, and I am sure it will be used to park cars since they got a curb cut for the site and DDOE never reviews building permits for housing, it’s a matter of right for the landowner. He will pay a higher water bill due to DCWater’s impervious rates.
    @MAXDC & J: FYI affordable housing isn’t a project! Most people in DC qualify for affordable housing given DC’s high AMI.
    @RJS- Windows comment, really would you rather have a vacant building or one that has new windows? This isn’t an historic zone, so please take your MIMBY attitude and move to a historic zone! Multi-paned windows are not energy efficient either.

    • Anonymous

      you’re back! And with your fun sense of extremism. the choice is not between “a vacant building or one that has new windows”.

      learn to ask the right questions.

      • textdoc

        Agreed. I wasn’t really bothered by the windows myself, but I can see how the poster who commented on them had a point in that they don’t match the sash windows (if that’s the right word) in the neighborhood.

        “New windows” does not mean “only the type of new windows that this developer used.” There are new sash-style windows.

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