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Latest SunTrust Site Plan Doesn’t Impress Key Adams Morgan Leader

by Andrew Ramonas June 9, 2016 at 12:15 pm 4 Comments

The newest proposal to redevelop a building and pedestrian plaza in the heart of Adams Morgan has failed to win over a key community leader.

Billy Simpson, a member of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C, told Borderstan yesterday that he still was unsatisfied with property developer PN Hoffman’s plan to build a mixed-use building on the SunTrust site at 1800 Columbia Road NW. Updated construction plans PN Hoffman released this week do not address his concerns about the size of the building and the space set aside for a plaza, among other issues, he said.

Simpson in May joined other ANC commissioners in approving three non-binding resolutions that detailed “significant issues” with height and scale, noted that the proposed building “significantly undermines the long-established set-back and the plaza” and raised other concerns about the project.

“The revised plans fail to address the core issues articulated in ANC 1C’s resolutions,” he said.

Shawn Seaman, a PN Hoffman principal, said in a statement that his firm’s most recent designs for the property don’t include a tower that was once proposed, but include bay windows that are shorter than initially planned, among other alterations. The plan for the plaza hasn’t changed since the ANC approved the resolutions, however.

“We are continuing to advance the building design in response to the comments that we have received from the community and the Historic Preservation Office,” Seaman said. “We remain committed to providing an elegant residential building that is consistent with the Washington Heights Historic District.”

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board is expected to hold a hearing on PN Hoffman’s plan on June 23. The panel must sign off on the developer’s proposal for the property before construction can begin.

Rendering via ANC 1C/PN Hoffman

Comments (4)

  1. AYFKM? These NIMBYs need stop holding this project hostage. Thanks to them, the current proposed design is actually uglier than the initial design.

    The fact that this project even needs to to be reviewed by the Historic Preservation board is a joke. There is literally nothing of historic value that currently sits on this site. It’s just an ugly, terrible bank building. And by continuing to throw every conceivable roadblock in PN Hoffman’s way, these ANC dullards are just ensuring that this plot continues to be wasted.

  2. It’s not wasted if you’re not around there. I’d say it’s a good investment,to keep you away.

  3. I live 3 blocks away. It’s my neighborhood too. And trying to keep people away from a neighborhood is a great way to to set it up to fail.

  4. The neighborhood’s been fine, and for long before either of us ever showed up. peace.

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