HPO recommends approval for project at Adams Morgan’s SunTrust Plaza

by UrbanTurf staff

A representation of the new development. Click to enlarge.

The new concept planned for one of DC’s most controversial development sites appears close to gaining initial approval.

The Historic Preservation Office (HPO) recommends that the Review Board (HPRB) approve the concept for a fully affordable housing development on the former SunTrust site and adjacent plaza at 18th Street and Columbia Road (map).

Aerial view. Click to enlarge.

Plans for the site call for a seven-storey penthouse development with approximately 50 residential units. Jubilee Housing’s project, designed by Eric Colbert & Associates, would include retail spaces on the first level and a community space on the penthouse. The plaza in front of the building would be a space for construction and community events.

Plaza view. Click to enlarge.

“With large-scale apartments located throughout the historic Washington Heights and Kalorama Triangle neighborhoods, the addition of this new building is compatible with and will not change the overall character of the historic district,” the HPO report said.

UrbanTurf first began developing development plans for the Adams Morgan site eight years ago, when PN Hoffman drafted a six-story, 58-unit condominium building for the site. Years of community resistance and legal action followed, ultimately leading to the demise of the condo project and the bank that donated the property to Jubilee Housing last fall.


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