87-Unit Condo Project on the Boards for Shaw’s Blagden Alley

  • August 23, 2012

by Shilpi Paul


At Wednesday night’s ANC 2F Design Review Committee meeting, developers presented plans for Blagden Alley Residences, a new 87-unit condo project comprised of two buildings at 917 M Street NW (map)—which runs deep into Blagden Alley—and 1212 9th Street NW (map).

The M Street building would be the larger of the two and consist of about 60 units, while the 9th Street building would have about 27 condos in addition to a retail component. Charlie Kehler of project developer Altus Realty told the committee that the number of units may come down, as the firm is considering increasing the proportion of two-bedroom condos. The two buildings will be distinct and may not share an identity once the project is complete, though in the current plans they share design and layout materials.


Jeff Goins of PGN Architects was on hand at Wednesday night’s meeting to explain the design. The buildings are visually separated into three different areas using different materials (red brick, larger grey brick, glass and metal). “We wanted to capture the randomness of the alley,” said Goins. The project will be built on top of what is now a parking lot, though one small alley structure will be preserved in the M Street building.

The new project is one of a few residential developments on the boards for the area around the Convention Center. In early June, the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) unanimously approved plans for a five-story, 54-unit condo project at 1250 9th Street NW (map), from CAS Riegler. The space is currently occupied by the pop-up art gallery Contemporary Wing, and was formerly the event space known as Fight Club. That development will also have a ground-floor retail component, and they hope to start construction in the fall.

The committee voted to recommend that the full ANC approve Blagden Alley Residences at next month’s meeting. Altus Realty will go before the HPRB on September 27.

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This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/87_condos_on_the_boards_for_blagden_alley/5944


  1. Marq said at 3:11 pm on Thursday August 23, 2012:

    I hope they are not going to tear down those beautiful rowhouses on 9th St for this new condo. Fix them up and incorporate them into the new building.

  1. Geek said at 5:07 pm on Thursday August 23, 2012:

    Based on the rendering, 4 rowhouses (nice looking) on 9th St will be demolished for this project. We have enough condo boxes being developed in this city. I hope this development gets rejected by the HPBR.

  1. mla said at 6:06 pm on Thursday August 23, 2012:

    There’s no reason do demolish those 4 handsome buildings along 9th.  This flies in the face of what makes Shaw (and that stretch of 9th St.) unique!  Big thumbs down.

  1. Alexander Padro said at 10:12 am on Friday August 24, 2012:

    The four historic buildings that are missing in the 9th Street rendering are not being demolished.  The rendering is erroneous.  A principal at Altus just confirmed that a new image will be provided to DC Urban Turf shortly.  FYI, the four buildings in question are in a historic district and cannot be torn down.  In fact, one of them has been completely renovated and houses an architectural firm, and the other three are about to be renovated by Douglas Development.

  1. Mark Wellborn said at 12:18 pm on Friday August 24, 2012:

    Geek and mla,

    Please note that the four row houses along 9th Street will not be demolished. We have received updated renderings accordingly.

    Mark Wellborn

  1. Marq said at 12:23 pm on Friday August 24, 2012:

    Thanks for the update Alexander. It’s good to know the historic structures in this neighborhood are being protected. Aside from the mix up, I think this development will be a welcomed addition to the area.


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