HPRB Approves Town Center East Redevelopment Plans

by Shilpi Paul

HPRB Approves Town Center East Redevelopment Plans: Figure 1
The newest rendering of Town Center East. Courtesy of SWTLQTC.

Last Thursday, developer The Bernstein Companies and architect Maurice Walters presented their updated plans for Town Center East to the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB), and the plans met with the board’s approval.

What is in the works for Town Center East, located at 1001 and 1101 3rd Street SW (map), has been adjusted significantly since last spring, when the original buildings were designated as historically significant by HPRB. Since then, The Bernstein Companies has been working with the Historic Preservation Office to come up with a development plan that protects the buildings and grounds, which were designed by I.M. Pei.

Originally, plans called for building two high-rise structures on what are now parking lots, and the construction of a smaller residential project in between the existing buildings.

HPRB Approves Town Center East Redevelopment Plans: Figure 2
Town Center East

Now, the smaller building in the open space has been nixed. The existing north building will be rehabilitated, and the open space will be redesigned with a semicircular walkway and lawn. Two 11-story apartment buildings will still be built on the parking lots and will be parallel to the existing buildings. The new residential buildings will have 356 units in total.

The Historic Preservation Office supported the newest plans, and according to Southwest…The Little Quadrant That Could, ANC 6D threw their conditional support behind the plans earlier this month.

The developers will be going before the Zoning Commission in October.

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  1. RM said at 5:20 pm on Tuesday October 1, 2013:
    Why did the redesign remove balconies and replace them with juliet balconies? Are walk-out balconies no longer deemed appropriate for urban design?
  1. Buttercup said at 7:10 pm on Tuesday October 1, 2013:
    I was at the ANC ... the neighboring building tenants showed up with pitchforks and torches and burned down those balconies. Huge shame that DC is so design by committee(s).
  1. RM said at 11:26 pm on Tuesday October 1, 2013:
    Why were they so against balconies? I must be missing something. Balconies are usually pretty non-controversial.
  1. Joe said at 6:03 am on Wednesday October 2, 2013:
    Guessing they were jealous that they didn't have balconies or their own and turned it around as some sort of noncompliance with the historical design of the existing buildings.

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