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Changes Submitted for 13th and U Street Project

by Borderstan.com November 28, 2012 at 8:00 am 2 Comments


The residential-retail complex coming to 13th  U  Streets NW. (Courtesy JBG Cos.)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. 

The project planned for the corner of 13th and U streets NW recently underwent some changes, due to community feedback.

The planned 134-unit space, which was once thought to be a hotel, was originally rejected by residents who attended a design committee meeting this summer. Although the committee in advance of an Historic Preservation Review Board hearing approved the plans, some residents were concerned with the height and scale of the development.

Urban Turf reports that in response, the architect David M. Schwartz brought the height down to 86 feet and set back the seventh and eighth floors. The firm also eliminated plans for a rooftop pool.

At the November 19 meeting, the committee voted to support the project. In December, JBG will go before the full ANC and will plan on submitting their PUD before the end of the year.

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  • gtmcleod

    JBG has some of the most uninspired architecture in the city. Unfortunate for such a lively and progressive (in DC terms) part of town, #FAIL

    • Historic preservationist

      I agree. Plus the changes were insignificant. The proposed building is similar in height to Ellington, but Ellington steps down in half at 13th and has very deep setbacks. The JBG building is 2 stories too tall for the site- a tall, but very narrow box! A real disappointment for the vibrant historic neighborhood. We will regret it as we do others like the storage building. I think most would agree new development on that site is desired, but we keep Rite Aid and add 7 stories on top of it–not a positive addition.


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