The development of Adams Morgan has been a hot topic in local media lately, and for good reason. Recently, a brand-new hotel called The Line, which was formerly a church, held its ribbon-cutting ceremony. It was at this point that people truly saw the development of Adams Morgan for what it is – the “Georgetownization” of a neighborhood as more and more buildings are converted into residences.
The Restoration of Modera Sedici
Once upon a time, Modera Sedici was home to the Italian Embassy. Mill Creek Residential, a property management company in the area, recently renovated the Renaissance-style building and prepared it for the creation of residential units. This project is all but finished, and it provides 135 luxury apartments ranging from studio-sized to three bedrooms. On-site amenities include a fitness center, business center, and clubhouse, and residents will be able to take advantage of underground parking.
A Residential Extension at 2800 16th Street NW
What is slated to be an extension of the Scottish Rite Center at this address is moving forward, albeit slowly. The center itself, alongside Eastbanc, paired together to build 120 new residential units and nine stories directly on top of the parking lot behind the existing center. The building designers, Grimshaw Architects, says the residential area will be connected to the existing facility, and since the units were built over the parking lot, they plan to add two levels of underground parking, as well.
Located at 1773-1777 Columbia Road NW, AdMo Heights will provide 90 units across 9500 square feet of new living space atop a strip mall. Foxhall Partners and Beztak Properties say they will create studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units and one-bedroom units with lofts. Each of the units will have nine-foot ceilings, and the underground parking lot will offer 30 spaces for residents.
While the Adams Morgan neighborhood is not well-known for its outstanding office space, the recent influx of coworking spaces – and the demand for more – has spurred Tenacity Group to take action. They built The Imperial, which boasts 31,000 square feet of creative office space on Columbia Road NW across from the recently-renovated The Line hotel. Those in need of office space will have access to a massive outdoor area, three-floor units, and a private entrance for each unit on the ground floor.
The Redevelopment of Suntrust Plaza
The Suntrust Plaza project has been the center of much debate. Though PN Hoffman and Potomac Investment Properties want to demolish the existing bank and plaza buildings, the community is against it. As such, the project is currently in the hands of the court. The bank and plaza were originally slated to be demolished, but a recent injunction issued by an appeals court judge has put that on hold. Should the judge favor the developers and allow for the demolition of the existing property, they claim they will build 52 condos in a plaza that includes a café with outdoor seating, roof decks, bike storage, and parking for 32 vehicles underground.
Adams Morgan is certainly undergoing some significant redevelopment, and while some major projects have been completed without a hitch, others are still up in the air. Adding newer, more luxurious residential units could certainly help change existing residents’ opinions of the area.
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