New rendering of the Randall School project. Courtesy of Beyer Blinder Belle.
On Thursday morning, the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) voted to unanimously support the conceptual plan for the massive Randall School project in Southwest DC.
The team behind the project, including Bing Thom Architects and architect of record Beyer Blinder Belle, has been to the HPRB several times over the last few months with revised plans; in October, the board supported the project, but requested that the architects rethink several design elements and come back in November. (The changes are outlined in the latest staff report.)
The massive project, which will encompass the vacant Randall School building and the surrounding space on a large lot at Half Street and I Street SW (map), will bring a contemporary art museum and about 550 residential units to the neighborhood (approximately 100 of the units will be affordable). A public courtyard will sit between the buildings, and a restaurant will occupy the eastern portion of the historic building. An underground parking garage will have room for 245 spaces, as well as electric car charging stations, bike parking and car sharing areas.
Since the last time we reported on the project, the designers rethought the cantilevered portion of the residential buildings: now they will be held up by four narrow columns, rather than one single column. More of the historic building will be restored, including the balustrade and auditorium windows. Additionally, a glass piece has been added to the area between the historic school building and the new wing, as well as a balcony looking into the courtyard. The main entrance to the museum remains one floor below the previous entrance to the school.
From here, the team will go to the Mayor’s Agent for approval to demolish, and to the Zoning Commission for approval on their PUD. We will update the article when we get our hands on the most recent renderings.
This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/hprb_supports_the_sws_randall_school_project/7853
Most Popular... This Week • Last 30 Days • Ever
A look around DC to see where home sellers are dropping their prices.... read »
The grocer has announced plans for other stores in Skyland and Columbia Heights.... read »
The new five-level residential project is planned for the buildings at 1365-1375 H St... read »
The new store will open at 9am on July 13 at the City Ridge development.... read »
Federal Realty Investment Trust has submitted preliminary plans to the Montgomery Cou... read »
DC's homebuyer assistance programs can be a bit complex. This edition of First-Timer ... read »
Our guide for amateur landlords who don't really know what they're doing.... read »
UrbanTurf has compiled virtual looks at large new developments around the DC region.... read »
The eight-bedroom, 35,000 square-foot home known as The Cliffs hit the market Wednesd... read »
Brookfield Properties is moving forward with development plans for additional sites i... read »
With this weekend's DC houseboat tour a day away, UrbanTurf thought it only fitting t... read »
President Obama travels to Denver this morning to sign the stimulus bill that has bee... read »
In this week's installment of Ask An Agent, a reader wonders if there is a rule for h... read »
As The Wharf prepares to begin construction, DC's houseboat community heads to its ne... read »
In this week's installment of Ask An Agent, a reader asks a fairly common question th... read »
DC Real Estate Guides
Short guides to navigating the DC-area real estate market
We've collected all our helpful guides for buying, selling and renting in and around Washington, DC in one place. Visit guides.urbanturf.com or start browsing below!
Intro guides for first-time home buyers
Awesome and unusual real estate from across the DC Metro