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The Residential Plans for Capitol Hill’s Historic New Union Garage

by Lark Turner

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A rendering of the planned development.

Plans are on the boards for the redevelopment of a historic garage on Capitol Hill.

The New Union Garage at 643-645 Maryland Avenue NE (map) near Stanton Park was built in 1906 and has been used as a garage intermittently since then. Rumor has it that former President Lyndon B. Johnson himself once had a car serviced there.

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The building today.

Now the building is slated to become three large condos, according to OPaL’s Sean Ruppert. The single-level, three-bedroom homes will measure out at 2,100 to 2,600 square feet and have elevator access and two parking spots per unit. Ruppert said he’s looking for empty-nesters and families to buy into the homes.

GPS Designs is the architect on the project, which has already received approval from the local ANC and the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB), though it will need approval from the Board of Zoning Adjustment to move forward. Neighbors and the HPRB initially objected to the size of the addition on the building, which the developer has since reduced by 16 feet to bring the rear in line with the surrounding rowhouses. That change reduced the size of the planned residences by about 500 square feet each.

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A historic photo of the building.

OPaL is also at work on another Capitol Hill development on the site of an auto repair shop at 1311 E Street SE (map). That much-larger development would require a planned-unit development for its 45 units.

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