The most recent rendering of 1800 Columbia Road NW
Last week, PN Hoffman withdrew its application with the Board of Zoning Adjustment for the proposed redevelopment of the SunTrust Bank and plaza at 1800 Columbia Road NW (map), and delayed its meeting with the Historic Preservation Review Board until the neighborhood ANC was able to review the new design.
On Tuesday, UrbanTurf got a look at the drafted redesign of the site, which looks familiar in many ways but noticeably different in others. Below is a list of the revisions made to the design:
The new design of proposed redevelopment as seen from 18th Street
The previous design of proposed redevelopment as seen from 18th Street
- The total number of residential units has dropped from 58 to 52.
- The step-down on the 18th Street facade is more dramatic than the previous design. While the prior design featured a small portion of the building on 18th Street stepped-down to four stories and featuring a bay window, the new design removed that bay and also steps back to eliminate the sixth floor on that side.
- The new drawings do not provide measurements for the dimensions of the plaza, but UrbanTurf was informed that the new plaza will be smaller, perhaps to compensate for the square footage with the additional setback.
- The private roof decks attached to the penthouse units have been reduced from the earlier iteration of the design, which had an uninterrupted row of abutting decks.
- The bay protrusions along Columbia Road are much more subtle.
- The coloration of the building has changed from a yellowish-beige atop a grey-beige ground floor to a building that is primarily grey-beige with the 18th Street setback-portion made more distinctive with red brick.
The new design of proposed redevelopment as seen from Columbia Road
The previous design of proposed redevelopment as seen from Columbia Road
The planned development, which has been the subject of much debate in the neighborhood, will still have ground-floor retail and an underground parking garage with 32 spaces and a bike storage room. The ANC 1C Planning and Zoning Committee will review the new design later this month.
This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/a_first_look_at_the_new_design_for_the_suntrust_bank_redevelopment/11672.
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