A Look at 8 Office-To-Residential Conversions Around DC

  • October 10th 2023

by UrbanTurf Staff

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Today, UrbanTurf takes a look at a handful of office-to-residential conversions on the boards in and around DC. Check out the full rundown below. 

In case you missed them, here are the neighborhood development rundowns that UrbanTurf has covered thus far this year:

Another facade rendering. Click to enlarge.

1133 19th Street NW

Foulger Pratt has plans to turn the 12-story office building at 1133 19th Street NW (map), that was once the one-time headquarters of MCI Communications Corp., into a new residential building with approximately 180 apartments. The new development will have retail on the ground floor and a residents-only cafe on the penthouse level. 

Rendering of 1625 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

1625 Massachusetts Avenue NW

DC's Historic Preservation Office (HPO) recently recommended approval for a 157-unit apartment conversion pitched for the office building at 1625 Massachusetts Avenue NW (map). The stone exterior and 90-foot volume of the building, owned by National Real Estate Advisors, would not change as the interior is reworked for residential units. Developed in 1972, 1625 Massachusetts Avenue is located at the northeast corner of Massachusetts Avenue and 17th Street NW. The building was renovated and redeveloped for continued office use in 1995. Eric Colbert and Associates is in charge of the design of the conversion. 

Rendering of 700 11th Street NW. Click to enlarge.

Madison Highland Live/Work Lofts

Madison Highland Live/Work Lofts, a partnership between Wharf developer Madison Marquette and Highland Square Holdings, is working to convert the 12-story office building at 700 11th Street NW (map) into a new development with 239 live/work lofts. The concept is essentially loft-style apartments that can be rented as an apartment, an office or a live/work space. The company has two similar projects in the works in Merrifield and Bailey's Crossroads. Lessard Design is the architect of record. 

700 11th Street NW has been vacant since last year when law firm Williams & Connolly completed its move down to The Wharf. Developer Hines reached an agreement around the time of the move to effectively give the building back to its lender. 

An aerial of the proposed massing. Click to enlarge.

1000 and 1050 Thomas Jefferson Street NW

A large residential conversion is on the boards for a pair of older but notable buildings on the southern edge of Georgetown. 

An affiliate of Potomac Investment Trust has plans in the works to convert a portion of the buildings at 1000 and 1050 Thomas Jefferson Street NW (map) for residential use. The buildings are located between the Georgetown waterfront and the C&O canal. 

The conversion of 1000 Thomas Jefferson Street would consist of the addition of two levels plus a penthouse, with residential units on the upper floors and commercial uses continuing on the lower levels. The conversion would add approximately 95-115 residential units, and the existing 140 parking spaces and loading areas in the building will remain.

1050 Thomas Jefferson Street will be converted to a primarily residential building with the addition of three levels and a penthouse. The preliminary unit count for this building is approximately 170-220 units. The existing 230 below grade parking spaces will remain. Shalom Baranes Associates is in charge of the design for the conversion of both buildings. 

A rendering of the conversion of 1825-1875 Connecticut Avenue NW. Click to enlarge.

1825-1875 Connecticut Avenue NW

Post Brothers is working to convert the Universal buildings at 1825-1875 Connecticut Avenue NW (map) into The Geneva, a sprawling residential development with upwards of 600 apartments. 

The conversion, designed by Handel Architects, would result in a 120-foot tall project with a new facade. The development will include inclusionary zoning units, according to the development team, and will likely include family-sized residences. The two-story theatre building along Florida Avenue will be removed to make room for a redesigned entrance for the new development.

Construction could start in spring 2024, depending on how long the entitlement process lasts. 

1735 K Street NW.

1735 K Street NW

The DC hospitality startup Placemakr, formerly known as WhyHotel, has plans to convert the 1960s-era office building at 1735 K Street NW (map) into a mixed-use project that will offer hybrid lodging as well as traditional apartments. 

"Placemakr expects to operate the building with a mix of stays ranging from a short nightly stay to a traditional apartment length," documents filed with DC's Board of Zoning Adjustment stated. "The building will also feature hospitality-like amenities, as well as ground floor retail space. The applicant is adaptively reusing the existing office building and none of the existing zoning characteristics of the building will change."

Rendering of proposed conversion. Click to enlarge.

1425 New York Avenue

Foulger-Pratt is working to convert the 1990s-era office building at 1425 New York Avenue NW (map) into 255 rental apartments above commercial space. The conversion received approval from DC's Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA), and also received the blessing of the Secret Service as the office building sits less than a block from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. The New York Avenue development is designed by WDG Architecture.

Rendering of proposed development. Click to enlarge.

1125 15th Street NW

The former home to the Department of Homeland Security near Thomas Circle is on its way to being converted into a large residential project. 

Lincoln Property is working to convert the 50 year-old office building at 1125 15th Street NW (map) into 264 residential units above 2,618 square feet of retail. Hickok Cole is the architect. The new development would have below-grade parking and a rooftop pool. The site's D-6 zoning exempts the project from Inclusionary Zoning requirements.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/a-look-at-8-office-to-residential-conversions/21558.

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