Italian Embassy Residential Project Could Break Ground in Early 2012

by Mark Wellborn

Rendering of The Flats at Il Palazzo. Courtesy of Valor Development.

Valor Development says that it could break ground on its transformation of the former Italian embassy at 2700 16th Street NW (map) into a large residential project by the beginning of next year. The developer presented the planned unit development (PUD) for The Flats at Il Palazzo to the Zoning Commission late last week.

“We’ll be getting proposed action at the end of this month, with a final action in late October,” Valor Development’s Will Lansing told UrbanTurf. “Once those are approved, we’ll start looking towards breaking ground early next year.”


The Flats at Il Palazzo will be a development of 110-135 one, two and possibly three-bedroom units, and although it is planned as condos currently that could change over the next several months. An eight-story structure will be built adjacent to the existing embassy and there will be below-grade parking spaces for somewhere between 60 and 90 cars. Lansing said that construction is expected to take 18 months, so the project could deliver in mid-to-late 2013.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/italian_embassy_residential_project_could_break_ground_in_early_2012/4146


  1. MtPer said at 11:30 am on Wednesday September 14, 2011:

    Condos!! It looks lovely and I would gladly buy there.

  1. jason said at 12:30 pm on Wednesday September 14, 2011:

    Does underground parking currently exist there? Assuming they keep the majority of the exisitng structure, how do you add underground parking if its not there?

  1. Mark Wellborn said at 12:35 pm on Wednesday September 14, 2011:


    Apologies, the text should’ve said below-grade rather than underground. Nevertheless, we will look for an answer to your question.

    Mark Wellborn

  1. makeba said at 6:24 pm on Wednesday September 14, 2011:

    Below grade / underground…same thing. There is a way to accomplish this, but given the existing foundations of the buildings, it will be very tedious and expensive to maneuver beneath it. Its possible though. Nice to see that the arch. style of the building wll be carried on. But I was hoping to see some glass-elements on the new addition. Cant wait for open house!

  1. Jennifer said at 6:39 pm on Thursday September 15, 2011:

    Refreshing.  I was getting sick of the carbon copy modern condo buildings in the neighborhood.  Finally something with a bit of old world charm and soul!

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