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No Room at the Inn for Gas Station: A New Design for Douglas Development’s 6th and K Hotel

by Nena Perry-Brown

No Room at the Inn for Gas Station: A New Design for Douglas Development's  6th and K Hotel: Figure 1
New rendering of 601 K Street NW as viewed from south

Earlier this year, UrbanTurf reported on Douglas Development’s plans to construct a hotel in Mount Vernon Triangle. Now, the logistics for the site have changed, creating a more simplified design.

After conversations with the Office of Planning and DC Preservation League, the proposed 13-story hotel at 601 K Street NW (map) will no longer incorporate portions of the two vehicular service buildings on the site; the gas station will instead be relocated to a site directly across the street.

No Room at the Inn for Gas Station: A New Design for Douglas Development's  6th and K Hotel: Figure 2
New design rendering for the hotel as viewed from southwest

No Room at the Inn for Gas Station: A New Design for Douglas Development's  6th and K Hotel: Figure 3
Previous design rendering for the hotel, including service buildings

Going forward, the applicant is seeking a special exception to put a bar, lounge, restaurant or nightclub in the 2,815 square-foot penthouse and adjacent outdoor terrace. No operator for the rooftop space has been identified as of yet, although the application specifies that the use will not be a “sexually-oriented business”. Otherwise, the hotel has been redesigned to eliminate the need for other zoning relief.

No Room at the Inn for Gas Station: A New Design for Douglas Development's  6th and K Hotel: Figure 4
Aerial rendering of the proposed hotel

The hotel will have 231 rooms and restaurant and retail space on the ground floor. Fillat+ Architecture is the designer of the project. The Board of Zoning Adjustment will consider the case at the end of November.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/no_room_at_the_inn_for_gas_station_a_new_design_for_6th_and_k_hotel/13238

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