PN Hoffman Files Plans For 60-Unit Project at Adams Morgan’s Central Intersection

by UrbanTurf Staff

PN Hoffman Files Plans For 60-Unit Project at Adams Morgan's Central Intersection: Figure 1
A rendering of the east facade for 1800 Columbia Road NW.

PN Hoffman has filed plans for a 60-unit residential building at Adams Morgan’s central intersection, following a lengthy back and forth with neighbors and community members who opposed the development.

The development on the boards for 1800 Columbia Road NW (map) would include approximately 8,375 square feet of ground floor retail and an underground garage with approximately 33 parking spaces, in addition to 60 apartments of varying size. The proposed 70-foot tall building would be located on the site of the Sun Trust plaza at the southwest corner of 18th Street and Columbia Road NW.

PN Hoffman Files Plans For 60-Unit Project at Adams Morgan's Central Intersection: Figure 2
An earlier rendering of the proposed redevelopment at 1800 Columbia Road NW

Like new multi-unit developments that are proposed throughout the city, PN Hoffman went before the local ANC to garner support for the new project. However, in a series of meetings over the last few months, many in the neighborhood and on ANC 1C took issue with the building’s height, design and size, as well as the fact that it would be constructed on a plaza that has long been used by the public.

In response to these concerns and criticisms, the developer and project architect Eric Colbert revamped the design and scope of the development several times. The plans filed with the Board of Zoning Adjustment this week outline the latest iteration for the development.

1800 Columbia Road NW

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/pn_hoffman_files_plans_for_60-unit_project_at_18th_and_columbia/11334


  1. Colin said at 2:19 pm on Wednesday June 8, 2016:
    Initial design is so much better. Now looks like another generic DC building for a prominent intersection. Predictable.
  1. nevermindtheend said at 2:56 pm on Wednesday June 8, 2016:
    Agreed. The building was better when it mimicked the curve of the site.
  1. johnnoble1@mac.com said at 4:14 pm on Wednesday June 8, 2016:
    Bummer. Design by committee is this city's MO. Any news on the plaza? Did they have to set back to allow more space?
  1. ErickS said at 7:13 pm on Wednesday June 8, 2016:
    DC gives non designers to much say in the architecture of the city. That is why everything looks so repetitive. Designed looked soooo much better before the bitching started.
  1. Nathaniel Martin said at 7:38 pm on Wednesday June 8, 2016:
    The NIMBYs in Adams Morgan should be ashamed of themselves. The original design was much better. I have heard that the neighborhood meetings were especially nasty in tone. There is no excuse for this kind of behavior on the part of the ANC members and their knee-jerk supporters.
  1. Jamie said at 2:19 pm on Thursday June 9, 2016:
    33 parking spots for 60 units? Are they insane? Who would buy a million dollar condo in Adams Morgan with zero parking spots?
  1. 7r3y3r said at 3:14 pm on Thursday June 9, 2016:
    @Jamie - I have a inkling that PN Hoffman knows better than you whether anyone would buy a condo without a parking spot, but--thanks to market economics--we'll soon find out.
  1. Colin said at 3:18 pm on Thursday June 9, 2016:
    @Jamie -- Lots of people don't own cars. And how do you know these condos will cost $1 million?
  1. jess wilkie said at 2:22 am on Thursday June 16, 2016:
    does anyone have a link to the original design? This one is quite "meh" and I'd like to see the original everyone is raving about...

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