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Monument Realty Proposes 133-Unit Residential Project For Chinatown

by UrbanTurf Staff

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Rendering of proposed 11-story development. Click to enlarge.

A new residential development is on the boards for a site near DC’s Chinatown.

Monument Realty is proposing an 11-story, 133-unit residential project that will sit about half a block north of the Verizon Center (map) on a plot bounded by I Street NW to the north, 6th Street to the east, H Street to the south, and 7th Street to the west. Monument worked with Hickok Cole Architects on the building design.

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The development will consist of residential units in the existing townhouses and a building with studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units above those properties. The second level of the proposed development will have a gym and amenity space for residents and an “Asian Living Arts Center” will be constructed on-site to host cultural and educational programming. Three levels of below-grade parking will provide 100 parking spaces for the new project, and there will be a bicycle room for 64 bikes.

There are thirteen buildings on the site of the proposed project, and eight of those properties are contributing structures to the Downtown Historic District. Seven of the eight buildings will be incorporated into the new development.

Monument also has its eye on a warehouse in Shaw adjacent to the Wonder Bread factory where it plans to build a new 110-unit development.

Monument Realty’s Chinatown project

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/monument_realty_proposes_133-unit_residential_project_for_chinatown/10284

1 Comment

  1. skidrowedc@gmail.com said at 3:54 pm on Tuesday August 25, 2015:

    From these renderings, the exterior architecture of the new towers is a bit disorganized—about the right quantity of elements/façade types, but the arrangement hasn’t gelled.  One gathers that the little ins and outs are supposed to respond to the rowhouses’ differing heights and facades.  But as yet the relationship is rather vague, and in any case, the facades are not convincing in and of themselves.  One also wants to see the renderings from H Street, since there will be a similar, if less extreme, center-of-block-tower-looming-over-small-buildings condition.

    Similarly not-quite-yet-right is the one new “rowhouse” (the 4-story one adjacent to the alley). That piece of infill should bring the architecture of the towers to the street, not present a stripped-down version of the adjacent older rowhouses.  Why? Because the biggest promise in this scheme is the animation of the north-south alley connecting from H to I Streets; and that outranks whatever historic preciousness one might assign to the street faces.

    The renderings hint at alley vitalization, showing a new, large sculpture—but on closer look, is the purpose of the sculpture to block the view of the glass bridge over the alley which connects the two towers?  I hope not—I hope that Monument sees the value in bringing retail & cultural uses into the alley. Maybe the “Asian Living Center” factors into this?  A more organically-formed (and lower-rent, one hopes) version of City Center’s Palmer Alley, surely plausible given how close this is to some of the heaviest pedestrian traffic in the city.

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