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What Do You Think of the Metropole ?

by Borderstan.com — October 13, 2008 at 8:55 pm 10 Comments

"Metropole... Finally Ready!" (Photo by Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

The Metropole at 15th & P NW. (Photo by Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

In a post, “Judging New Buildings,” The Prince of Petworth poses the question about the new Metropole… here in Borderstan… at the northeast corner of 15th and P NW:

This is the newly opened Metropole located at 15th and P. I kind of like the left side which has some staggered windows. While I don’t love it, overall I’d say it looks pretty good. What do you think?

Personally, I’m just glad it’s done. The construction didn’t really inconvenience me, except for the lack of sidewalk on that section of P Street. Like many other Borderstanians, I just got tired of looking at the construction work.

Comments (10)

  1. I agree – it is great to get the sidewalks back after 3 years of construction. The building itself is ok — probably less interesting than some of the developer’s other work that incorporated older structures. No, it’s not drop.dead.sexy, but I’m sure those who buy there will be happy so long as the build quality didn’t suffer with the change in builder, etc. Those hideous orange signs are not okay, however — they scream desperation.

  2. I think it’s a beautiful building on the outside and a great addition to the neighborhood. I’m not so positive about the inside though. What’s with the urban fireplace?

  3. A more interesting question is why is no aggressive marketing underway. You would think that after spending good money on the opening party and getting some good press, they would have moved the sales office on site and be doing open houses every weekend. But instead there is radio silence — no ads in the Post, no opens, little of anything else. Are they even close to going to settlement with any buyers? Or, is the entire building still up for sale to someone who would operate it as rentals? That would be a shame, but who knows.

  4. I have joined the gym, and appreciate the addition to the neighborhood. The architecture is nothing spectacular. The glass pyramid on the sidewalk giving light to the gym below is a weak node to the National Gallery of Art–and the simple sidewalk glass blocks outside Bang do the job twice as well with less pomp.

    While I am thrilled to have the sidewalk back (for SHAME Metropole–three years was inexcusable), the building’s vaulted two-story units seem to tout a bit too loudly that the neighborhood is officially out of the price range of all but the very wealthy. I would have more eagerly welcomed a mixed use, and less ostentatious, alternative.

  5. Since I purchased a unit back in 2005 let me give some insight. The building sucks and nobody is moving in because half the people that purchased a unit, including myself, are suing Metropolis Development Company to get our depoist back. The contract clearly states that if settlement doesn’t happen within 24 months then buyers can get their depoist back. It has been 3 1/2 years for those keeping score. Metropolis Development tired to play hard ass for people wanting to get out of their contracts so now several people are suing. And Metropolis will lose- they have no case. Their prices are outrageous and nobody will pay. Construction is mediocre at best. They screwed up big time and they deserve what they get. The CEO was slated to live in a Penthouse unit but will no longer do that. That alone says it all. Stay away from this project and anything else that Metropolis Development is involved with.

  6. The CEO can’t move in because of personal bank financing. Not surprising given that his unit is $6m and one of the biggest, coolest-laid out condos marketed in the district in years. So it was divided into three units, and I think two of them have already sold.

    I personally can’t wait to move in. Location is incredible, and I love the design of my unit.

  7. So, Anon, what’s holding up your move in? The building has been occupied for weeks now, but it looks like only two units are occupied. Any ideas why there is no visible marketing for this building, other than the Home Depot orange signs? They closed the sales office, and have not been running ads in the Post. What is up with that?

  8. @gumpper

    The sales office didn’t close, it moved. It’s now in the building, which is a good thing. As for the marketing, I’ve seen a few online ads…maybe they ran a cost/benefit and many forms of advertising didn’t hold up? Some creative marketing would be a good thing right now, definitely.

    As for delivery, they are delivering from the ground up so only the second (lowest) floor is currently closing and being occupied. The fourth floor should start delivering in a week or two, then the sixth, then the seventh. That’s pretty standard.

    As for occupancy, I’ve been by a few times and counted five or so exterior-facing units on the second floor with furniture. Remember that the other half of the building faces the interior courtyard so I’m guessing that ~10 units have been occupied in the month or so they’ve been closing, which again is pretty standard from what I’ve read. I bet that a few more owners closed but are having work done before they move in (remote-operated window treatments, closet organization, etc.).

  9. Anon- no offense against you but Metropole is doomed. They may declare bankruptcy soon. I know some people have already moved in, but the place is not even one third of the way sold. If Metropolis Development is giving a different story, believe me, they are lying.

    I know because we are suing them and a lot of details have come out. In fact several of the people who purchased units are suing. The place is way over priced and those jackasses at Metropolis Development are very immoral and in fact criminal.

    They just assumed that because they sent a letter indicating that people can’t get out of their contract that nobody would fight them. Well I hired a lawyer and they are totally caving now because they know they have no ground to stand on.

    They are practically begging me to take my money back now and go away. But that’s not going to happen. We are insisting on lawyer fees and also suing for damages since essentially they held money illegally.

    And by the way, the title company that is holding the EMD is also their legal representation- conflict of interest and also not legal. I am dedicated to putting the word out on what they do.

  10. For Metropole Sucks . . . who is your lawyer? I’m trying to get my desposit back now and am tired of negotiating/waiting. It’s been almost 5 years now and we are totally fed-up.

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