Properties of the 600 Block of K Street NW

As mentioned in the posting from earlier today, two HPRB cases regarding the 600 block of K Street NW, will be heard in the near future. The images below outline the properties being considered. If all these properties are landmarked, the development concept from Douglas Jemal would involve relocating the structures to the far east end of the block to be adjacent to one another.

Please share your thoughts in the comments. I clearly believe the Hartig Motor Company building is worth preserving and of ample size to contribute to future retail for the block. I am on the fence about the second set of properties.

Hartig Motor Company, 627 K Street, NW , Case #05-10

601, 607-609, 611, 613 and 617 K Street, NW , Case #05-11

601 K Street NW (previously written about)

607 K Street NW – Executive Auto Detailing

611-613 K Street NW – Akosombo and Styles International

617 K Street NW

There is a delicate balance between preserving enough historic character to create a special place and requiring so much preservation that the economics become more complicated and delay the feasibility of the project. For Case #05-11 I would say at a minimum the non-descript one story garage at 607 K Street NW is not worthy of landmarking.

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    Anonymous says

    We can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. I like to see the historic features of the area preserved, but it often causes long delays in redevelopment. I vote that the decision be based on moving the project forward as quickly as possible.

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    Anonymous says

    These buildings do not look like they should be saved. Keeping these preservation concerns in place has caused the whole area a lot of pain. Look at the fact that there is STILL not a hotel near the convention center and all those worthless boarded up houses up seventh street across from the convention center as an example. The district missed out on the largest building boom this country has ever seen and the convention center is surrounded by squalor. RAZE everything and let the developers create a viable space.

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    fourthandeye says

    I agree that the merit of the buildings on this particular block face is debatable. However if you suggested razing the DC Eagle building, Lux/Avenue, and the properties along the 1000 block of 7th Street on Square 450 to the north I’d have to strongly disagree. Those are truly great examples of historic properties and worthy of preservation.

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    K Resident says

    I agree that the Hartig Motor Company building is worth saving. I pass by it every day and often think that some renovation would make it a great space.