Developer Plans to Convert Adams Morgan Office Building to 47 Residences

by Lark Turner

Developer Plans to Convert Adams Morgan Office Building to 47 Residences: Figure 1

The Murillo Malnati Group filed plans to turn the Transcentury Building into a 47-unit residential building on Thursday.

The proposed building at 1724 Kalorama Road NW (map), designed by Bonstra | Haresign Architects, would have 25 studios, 16 one-bedrooms and six two-bedrooms, including a handful of two-story units.

Developer Plans to Convert Adams Morgan Office Building to 47 Residences: Figure 2
The Transcentury Building today, via Google Maps.

The building requires approval from the Board of Zoning Adjustment because it is being proposed with seven of the 16 required parking spaces. Murillo Malnati say they can’t feasibly add underground parking to the structure, which doesn’t have a basement.

The Transcentury Building was built in 1923, according to the filing, and has about 22,300 square feet. Murillo Malnati wants to add an addition to the building, which would top out at about 50 feet high, but keep the building’s footprint the same size. They propose adding about 12,200 square feet of living space to the existing structure.

UrbanTurf has reached out to the developer and will update this post as we hear more on the project. For more on development in Adams Morgan, check out our roundup.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/developer_plans_to_convert_adams_morgan_office_building_to_47_residences/9578


  1. Susie Van Pool said at 4:36 am on Sunday March 8, 2015:
    I wanted to voice my opinion about this location. How do people who live in Adams Morgan (or anywhere there is development) respond to plans like these? I would like to suggest my idea (although I know it won’t be accepted) of making the first floor a garage. The building pictured looks like it already has garage doors on it. The changes that are happening in development all over Washington are having a tremendous affect on the neighborhood, not just in the lack of parking spaces. It’s longer lines at the grocery store for one little example. How about something like 12 studios, 12 1-bdrm, and 6 2-bdrm apartments? And the first floor is a parking garage?!
  1. Lower Ontario Road Association said at 3:59 am on Wednesday March 18, 2015:
    The developer will be presenting its project for review by the ANC Planning, Zoning, and Transportation Committee on Wednesday, March 18th at 7:00 pm. The meeting is at the Kalorama Park Recreation Center at 1875 Columbia Road. There are so many problems with the proposed design and site development its almost criminal. As proposed this project will have a large negative impact on the neighborhood during construction and after.
  1. Lower Ontario Road Association said at 4:01 am on Wednesday March 18, 2015:
    To find out more about the BZA case and the proposed design you can download the Board of Zoning submittal at the following link. http://anc1c.org/index.php/library/planning-zoning-transportation/category/115-1724-kalorama-bza-case

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