Zoning Gives Green Light to 260-Unit View at Waterfront

by Lark Turner

Zoning Gives Green Light to 260-Unit View at Waterfront: Figure 1
The latest rendering of the project.

After years of stagnation, a project at 6th and M Streets SW (map) will move forward after gaining preliminary approval from the Zoning Commission on Thursday night.

The Commission took proposed action to approve plans for the waterfront site, which is currently occupied by 256 units in two I.M Pei-designed residential towers. The new buildings, with 260 units, will sit about 60 feet from the existing ones.

The plans for The View at Waterfront, adjacent to the billion-dollar Wharf redevelopment, were originally approved by the Commission in 2007. Back then, the project was larger, with 324 new units proposed. The scaled-back plans from Mill Creek were supported by ANC 6D last month. SK&I Architecture designed the project.

Zoning Gives Green Light to 260-Unit View at Waterfront: Figure 2

Once finished, the site will have a total of 516 residential units. Mill Creek will also add 5,220 square feet of retail, pared back from the originally-approved 8,900, and construct 290 underground parking spaces.

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/zoning_gives_green_light_to_260-unit_view_at_waterfront/9997


  1. jess wilkie said at 5:36 pm on Friday June 12, 2015:
    are these condos or apartments?
  1. skidrowedc@gmail.com said at 8:06 pm on Friday June 12, 2015:
    This one improved as it went through the process, which is always nice to see. The big roof deck hole at the upper corner is very cool, but also it's an architectural move that anchors the project to its particular site, by indicating the direction of the waterfront (i.e. the best view) and marking the start of M Street in Southwest. The same architectural move at the opposite corner (east) wouldn't be nearly as effective because it wouldn't relate to the broader site context. The 1-story-lower wing at the left (north) provides needed relief from the big blocks of buildings surrounding it. It would have been better to have something more rowhouse in scale (like most of the Modernist-era developments of Southwest have), but this is better than nothing. I hope that the architects, SK&I, develop the north block's facades as shown in the rendering, that is, somewhat gauzy and dematerialized in shades of grey (maybe silvers?--that would be better), which contrasts with the strong grid and black-and-white materials of the main building block.

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