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A Mixed-Use Hopback on 14th Street?

by Nena Perry-Brown

A Mixed-Use Hopback on 14th Street?: Figure 1
Aerial rendering of the proposed development

One more hop-back is on the boards for DC.

This week, the ANC 2F Community Development Committee will consider the concept and design for a development that will combine the pair of conjoined office/retail buildings at 1714 and 1716 14th Street NW (map) into a single project called a hop-back, a style that is becoming more prevalent in DC.

A Mixed-Use Hopback on 14th Street?: Figure 2
1714-1716 14th Street NW DC

Earlier this year, Eric Hirshfield and Arcadia Design teamed up on a similar “hop-back” development in Petworth, where a rear structure is connected to the street-facing property to create a single building, adding density to a site without using a traditional rear addition.

The bones of the existing three-story buildings — located between Flowers on 14th and Peregrine Coffee — and the two-story carriage houses in the rear will be restored and combined into one development with two ground-floor retail spaces, office space on the second floor and mezzanine, and 6 loft residences with roof decks on the third floor and mezzanine above.

A Mixed-Use Hopback on 14th Street?: Figure 3
Rendering of the proposed development

Because the mezzanines will be created with partially-open ceilings atop the second and third floors, the new building will have a height of 51 feet to the top of the uppermost mezzanine, with an additional seven feet for the stairwell enclosure to the shared roof deck. The project will also have a common courtyard atop the third floor and garage spaces in the rear on the street level.

A Mixed-Use Hopback on 14th Street?: Figure 4
Rear rendering of the proposed development

The development, also designed by Arcadia Design, will also require approval from the Historic Preservation Review Board.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/a_mixed-use_hopback_on_14th_street/13051

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