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New Billboards at 4th & K

It took a while, but the billboard panels for the fence at the north perimeter of the 300 K Street parking lot have recently been installed. The fence was erected in November 2013 in a way that always foreshadowed the eventual installation of integrated billboards.

New Billboard at 4th & K

New Billboard at 4th & K

The billboard advertises the opportunity for the 300K office building The Wilkes Company plans to eventually build on this site as part of their overall Mount Vernon Place master planned development. Although Wilkes now seems to be branding the project 901 4th Street – which is actually the address of the current MVT CID offices in the former Madrigal Lofts sales trailer. It could be that what they were once calling 300K may now be subdivided into two different buildings.
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AAMC Begins Move into 655 K Street NW

The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) is set to begin the move into their new building at 655 K Street NW. The AAMC offices will be closed for business Friday, May 16, through Tuesday, May 20. They will reopen in their new headquarters in the Mount Vernon Triangle by Wednesday, May 21 bringing over 600 office workers into our community.

655 K Street NW

655 K Street NW

The historic buildings being integrated into this development had an unfortunate setback with a crumbling facade last month. Those buildings are slated for retail use and managed by Douglas Development not AAMC.
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New Joint Venture formed for 501 K Street NW

According to the Washington Business Journal, Boston Properties paid about $39 million last month for its stake to enter a joint venture with Steuart Investment Co to develop a 520,000-square-foot office building at 501 K Street NW. This site is currently the fenced in Marc Parc parking lot between 5th and 6th Streets NW and bounded by New York Ave to the north. The potential development has been in the pipeline for Steuart Investment for years and having a proven partner should finally kickstart it into action.

Site of Future 501 K Office development

Site of Future 501 K Office development

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Permits awarded for 600 Mass

According to the Washington Business Journal, permits for groundwork at 600 Massachusetts Ave NW have been awarded to Gould Property Co. Planned for the site at 6th and Mass is a 10-story office building with ground floor retail to replace a current surface parking lot.

Before delving into renderings it’s worthwhile to once again acknowledge the contribution Gould made towards restoring the face of the Chinese Community Church at 5th & I to earn support for his office development. The church looks much improved with the red brick facade installed in 2009 than it did with the prior ghastly formstone exterior.

600 Mass rendering from Eye Street

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Renderings for 900 New York

Gould Parcel in NE corner

Gould Property Co retained a block of the old convention center site with plans to independently develop it outside the City Center DC project bidded out by the District to Hines-Archstone in 2007. While City Center has made amazing construction progress in the last year-plus Gould has partnered with Oxford Properties Group for a planned 620,000 SF office development called at 900 New York Ave NW.

City Center will deliver 295,000 SF of retail, 458 apartments, 216 condominiums, 515,000 SF of office, 350 hotel rooms and 1,885 parking spaces. The Gould development will add the aforementioned office tower and more than 30,000 SF of retail space.

900 New York retail plat map

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MVT Development Map

Earlier this month the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVTCID) published an updated development map (press release). I’ve included the map graphic below, but to review for all the accompanying descriptive information for the numbered areas you should visit the PDF hosted on the MVTCID’s website.

Excerpt from MVT CID Development Map

Interesting changes from past unveiled plans:

  • Two new potential I-395 Air Rights sites (#26, #36). One site is that current large parking structure behind Mount Carmel Plaza.
  • MRP Realty site at 6th & K (#4) now listed as apartments (formerly office)
  • Quadrangle/Wilkes now plans to place some apartments on K Street (#16)
  • L Street no longer shown as connecting across highway in future. Although this may not have been an intentional omission.

Updated (12/1/2011 1:30PM) DCMud took the development map and ran with it further. They’ve aggregated all the most recent news on the major projects into one posting. Very convenient and Kudos to them. I just don’t have the hours to devote to such long summaries as this is just a side hobby and not a day job for me.

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AAMC HQ Renderings

As reported in the past, the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) has arranged a deal to purchase property from Douglas Development in the Mount Vernon Triangle to build a new headquarters office building. The parcel is on Square 451 and is bounded by 7th Street NW to the west, New York Ave NW to the north, K Street NW to the south while the east boundary is an alley. Several historically protected properties spread out along the K Street segment will be relocated to a cluster on K Street near the alley.

Until now we did not have renderings to display what AAMC has planned. Lydia DePillis of the City Paper tracked down four renderings from Shalom Baranes architectural firm. I’m displaying two below and encourage you to visit her link for the other two.

K Street elevation of AAMC; from Shalom Baranes (via WCP)

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628 New York Ave NW holdout sells

Townhouse at 628 New York Ave NW

Through the grapevine I’ve heard that the owner of the townhouse at 628 New York Avenue NW has sold. While a few 6th Street properties on Square 451 where not part of Douglas Development’s assemblage – this was the only holdout from either New York Ave or K Street. Douglas had continually said they would build around the property. But it now seems that an agreement has been reached and we can avoid a repeat of the 433 Mass “Ledo” situation.

Had 628 New York Ave NW not sold, the footprint of the new American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) headquarters building development would have had a notch similar to that seen in the image below.

628 New York Ave NW is a townhouse located in the notch of the outline

Raze permits for most buildings on the block have been posted and demolition could begin in September.

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Office Building Architecture

We learned last week that the preparation for the construction of the AAMC Headquarters on the 600 Block of K Street NW is pushing along aggessively. However renderings are yet to be unveiled. The renderings we saw for the I-395 Air-rights project in April left us uninspired. The all glass office buildings don’t seem to be favorites among residents. The question begs – which new construction D.C. office building actually feature architecture that is beloved?

For the purpose of the discussion let’s say the criteria is an office building constructed in D.C. since 1990 that is entirely new construction – no integration of historic buildings that were previously on the site. If you really have a great example from another city to share feel free to do so as long at it fits within the scale of the D.C. height limit. I don’t think nominating the Trump Tower Chicago adds anything useful to this conversation.

AARP HQ at 601 E Street NW

I’ll nominate the AARP Headquarters at 601 E Street NW that was built in 1991. I like that the architecture has a mixture of masonary materials and a variety of architectural features at different height levels. I feel that level of detail adds a great deal of visual interest.

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