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Developer Seeks to Build on Long-Vacant Lot in Dupont

by Tim Regan — October 21, 2016 at 3:40 pm 4 Comments

A new residential building could soon occupy a currently empty lot on 17th St. NW in Dupont.

Developer CAS Riegler seeks to build a a new three-story building on the vacant lot at 1500 17th St. NW, according to plans shared with Borderstan. The building would hold two residential units and include a penthouse and basement, the plans show.

A representative of the developer revealed the company’s plans during a Dupont Circle ANC meeting last Thursday. Though the neighborhood commission supported the plans, its members recommended several design changes to “better incorporate this project into the historic character of Dupont Circle.”

“The project as proposed feels somewhat out of place and has a very sharp — almost jarring — contrast into its historic context,” the commission wrote in its resolution.

Recommended changes include redesigning the building to include different materials, making the windows on the east elevation smaller and moving the penthouse west so it doesn’t appear as large from P Street.

CAS Riegler is slated to present its plans to the Historic Preservation Review Board later this month or early next month.

h/t ANC 2B commissioner John Kupcinski

Comments (4)

  1. Yeah – who wouldnt want large big new windows….those jerks so keep to the antiquated building style!

  2. yuck. better, respectful infill was easily possible.
    -architect and neighbor with sense.

  3. It doesn’t fit with the historic character of the neighborhood at all!

  4. And it really shouldn’t. Those buildings were built 120 years ago. There are reasons why buildings look different now.

    Emulating an old style always looks worse than a contemporary design. Buildings will never look like those old rowhouses again.

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