ANC Committee Opposes Revised Design For Adams Morgan’s SunTrust Bank Redevelopment

by Nena Perry-Brown

The most recent rendering of 1800 Columbia Road NW

On Wednesday evening, PN Hoffman presented its revised plans for the proposed redevelopment of the SunTrust Bank and plaza in Adams Morgan to a meeting of the ANC 1C Planning and Zoning committee.

While the new design for 1800 Columbia Road NW (map) is within current zoning laws, many community residents still had a lot to say about the design, whose massing they believe to be out of character with the corridor. The full details of the changes made to the design can be found here.

Ultimately, the ANC 1C committee voted 2-1 to recommend that the full ANC oppose the development on the grounds that it is incompatible with the Washington Heights Historic District; the committee also recommended that the ANC send a representative to the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) hearing for the development to reiterate that opposition.

The new design of proposed redevelopment as seen from 18th Street

The lone dissenting committee member, Alan Gambrell, noted that while he remained disappointed that the development team still does not or will not provide square footage measurements for the current and proposed plazas, he believes that the new design addresses the HPRB’s concerns regarding the height along 18th Street.

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This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/anc_1c_committee_votes_on_revised_suntrust_plaza_proposal/11706


  1. Jay said at 10:28 pm on Wednesday September 21, 2016:

    OMG. And they approved some crap being built in a parking lot down the street at Columbia Rd. and 16th. Idiots.

  1. Nathaniel Martin said at 2:50 pm on Thursday September 22, 2016:

    How utterly ridiculous. The proposed building is significantly smaller than about a dozen buildings along that stretch of Columbia Road, and not much bigger than a number of buildings along 18th Street. It is clear that the opposition to this project has nothing to do with design or scale—it’s just a bunch of neighborhood busybodies who are afraid of change. Depressing.

  1. AdMO Russ said at 5:10 pm on Thursday September 22, 2016:

    Doesn’t make a lot of sense to keep rejecting them, we all know it’s going to be built one way or another. 

    The first design looked better anyway and had a great Adams Morgan sign down the front of it as well as more character in the building design itself.

    This corner is the ‘Gateway to Adams Morgan’, I really hope they don’t mess this up.

  1. Brett said at 4:24 pm on Friday September 23, 2016:

    The design and height aren’t the real reasons for the rejection. The ANC wants a bigger “plaza”. For it to pretend it’s incompatible with the historic district is pure B.S.

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