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Speedy Construction on Apartments at 1919 14th Street

by Borderstan.com March 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm 0

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The apartments under construction at 1919 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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Is it just me, or is the construction at 1919 14th Street NW going up in the blink of an eye?

The luxury apartments, being constructed on the former site of the old Post Office building, will include floor-to-ceiling glass, porcelain tile and hardwood flooring, gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and custom cabinetry.

The seven-story, mixed-use building will also have street level retail space, an underground parking garage, a common penthouse level and a landscaped roof deck. The entire project is budgeted at $19,405,472.

The building, however, did not go up without contention. Level 2 Development and Keener-Squire Properties had to make changes to its original design, after facing opposition from neighbors of Wallace Place on the height and aesthetics of the plans.

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1919 14th Street. (Rendering courtesy of Eric Colbert & Associates)

The current plans call for “a hybrid concrete frame and light gauge frame with spread footings bearing on rammed aggregate piers.” The new residential building will also have a brick veneer façade, punched windows and full-height vertical bays with glass and metal cladding.

According to Grunley, the construction company behind the project, “The design will combine features reminiscent of a historic brick warehouse with the look of a modern glass structure, which compliments the surrounding architecture of the U Street Historic District.”

The construction is scheduled to be complete in November.

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