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Exclusive: A 54-Unit Condo Project Planned For Georgetown’s Water Street

by Nena Perry-Brown

Exclusive: A 54-Unit Condo Project Planned For Georgetown's Water Street: Figure 1
An aerial rendering of the proposed development at 3401 Water Street NW.

The biggest residential development in recent memory for Georgetown would bring 54 condos to DC’s oldest neighborhood.

UrbanTurf has learned that IBG Partners and Wilco Residential with architecture firm BBGM has plans to transform the warehouses below Whitehurst Freeway at 3401 Water Street NW (map) into a condominium community. The address is currently home to the cafe Malmaison and live music venue Gypsy Sally’s.

The two-story warehouses on the 20,320 square-foot site would be partially demolished, with most of the exterior shell restored and an additional four stories plus penthouse built atop. Plans call for a 60 foot-tall building with 54 residences, comprised of two bedrooms and one bedroom- and two bedroom-plus-dens, ranging in size from 958 to 2,063 square feet. The design for the building looks similar to 3303 Water Street NW, a luxury residential building just down the block.

Exclusive: A 54-Unit Condo Project Planned For Georgetown's Water Street: Figure 2
A rendering of the proposed development as seen from Whitehurst Freeway

There would be one level of underground parking with 34 spaces accessible from Water Street; two vehicle elevators will transport residents to and from the garage entrance. An entry terrace and lobby will be accessible on 34th Street, which will be the second floor of the building based on the varying street elevation. The roof deck will have deck and green roof areas, along with both a swimming pool and a soaking pool.

Exclusive: A 54-Unit Condo Project Planned For Georgetown's Water Street: Figure 3
A rendering of the proposed development as seen from the 34th and Water intersection

Georgetown is a notoriously difficult neighborhood in which to get new development approved, so the project has a ways to go before becoming a reality. It is scheduled to go before the Old Georgetown Board and Historic Preservation Review Board in the coming months.

3401 Water Street NW

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/54_condos_proposed_adjacent_to_whitehurst_freeway/11742

4 Comments

  1. Nathaniel Martin said at 4:59 pm on Monday October 3, 2016:
    "The design for the building looks similar to 3303 Water Street, NW..." Wow, that's an understatement. While I would say this one lacks the nuance and compositional skill of 3303 Water, it sure looks like a rip-off to me.
  1. Joseph Seriki said at 5:22 pm on Monday October 3, 2016:
    I think 3303 set precedence for this area because there isn't much new development. Not surprising to see others follow that blueprint. But hey at least there are a few new buildings in the area. Georgetown has always been a cool neighborhood; at least people can now have the choice of historic or modern living.
  1. Dan Marusin said at 8:18 am on Wednesday October 5, 2016:
    in my point of view 3303 set precedence for this area because there isn’t much new development. Not surprising to see others follow that blueprint. But hey at least there are a few new buildings in the area. Georgetown has always been a cool neighborhood; at least people can now have the choice of historic or modern living.
  1. Joey Arkenstat said at 6:36 pm on Wednesday October 5, 2016:
    What's going to happen to Gypsy Sally's? Hope the developers are ready for the fight that we're going to bring. That place is one of the most special music venues in DC.

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