1355-1357 U

New Condos on U Street

1355-1357 U

1355-1357 U St NW Washington, DC 20009

1355-1357 U Street is a 9 story, mixed-use project including 33 condo and retail on the lower level and first two floors at 14th and U Streets in the U Street Corridor neighborhood of Washington DC.

Developer: GoldStar Group
Architect:  Antunovich Associates
Contractor:  Unknown

1355-1357 U new condos in DC

1355-1357 U Overview

1355-1357 U Street is a new 9 story, mixed-use project offering 33 condominiums and retail on the lower level and first two floors. The project is located at 14th and U Streets in the U Street Corridor – Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington DC.
1355-1357 U has evolved from two lots originally occupied by detached homes to an 1895 replacement of the 1355 home by a contemporary brick house with front bay and 2-story stable in the rear. The property remained residential until the 1950s when it converted to a restaurant with a 2 story addition joining the former house and stable. The existing brick building at 1357 replaced the original frame home before the turn of the 20th century and was used as a store. In 1925, an 18 x 60’ service garage was constructed behind it on Park Place Alley. Park Place was being developed as a community of auto repair shops, four within half a block. By 1958, a restaurant occupied the front of 1357 U Street with an auto repair and welding shop behind.

Community Action

1355-1357 U currently backs to an alley (formerly Park Place Alley) and Langston Lofts. HPRB rejected a Bonstra-Haresign design in July 2015 which subdivided the two lots, adding 4 floors and a mechanical PH above the two 2-story row houses.The original main blocks of the rowhouses would remain with demolition behind. In 2015, the design called for two floors added at a setback of 32 feet, two additional floors at a 44 foot setback, and a double height mechanical penthouse above that. The 2016 proposal removes the progressive setbacks and increases height to 7 stories at a 48’ setback plus PH. Height increases from 85’ in 2015 to 109′ in the 2016 proposal. The properties’ existing 3 parking spaces are unlikely to remain due to revised design, and there is no opportunity for underground parking. Two to three IZ units would be required for the project. Changing architects, developers resubmitted, altering plans to add 7 floors and PH at a greater setback. In April 2016, ANC 1B’s Zoning, Preservation and Development Committee were unanimous in their recommendation of support for the revised project, but HPRB again withheld approval of the project, focusing on massing and compatibility with neighboring structures. HPA 15-311, revised concept/seven-story addition: The Board found the height of the addition to 1355-57 U Street to be incompatible with the character of the historic district and offered some design suggestions for consideration. Vote: 7-0. The Board indicated willingness to consider additional height with an increased setback, desiring a structure that ‘reads as an independent, mid-block building rather than as an addition to the row houses.’  The challenge for the architect is finding a design that accomplishes this on such a small footprint while allowing the developer enough square footage to make the property profitable.
“The HPO recommends that the Board find the addition to 1355-57 U Street to be incompatible with the character of the historic district in height, scale, proportions and massing, and inconsistent with the purposes of the preservation act.”
HISTORIC PRESERVATION REVIEW BOARD STAFF REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION June 23, 2016 “The revised proposal results in an addition that more successfully reads as an independent, mid-block building rather than as an addition to the rowhouses. The lowest floor of the addition projects toward the front as it did in the 2015 design. However, it will be only minimally visible on the alley side, and is set back further than the adjacent roof addition at 1359 U Street. The additional setbacks of the upper floors on 3 sides also adds to a reduction in scale and a refined and articulated massing. Finally, the removal of a penthouse lowers the height considerably from previous iterations, keeping the building more in line with other U Street Historic District infill construction to the immediate east and north. The proposal is compatibly designed and brings the height and massing in line with other approved mid-block buildings and additions within historic districts. The addition creates a proportional balance between horizontal and vertical that was missing from previous proposals. Recommendation The HPO recommends that the Board find the addition to 1355-57 U Street compatible with the historic district and consistent with the purposes of the preservation act and to delegate final review to staff.”
Following approval by HPRB and BZA, the property was listed for sale. It is therefore questionable whether this project will come to fruition, at least in its present form.

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1355-57 U Street is bordered by V Street and Wallach Place to the north and south, 13th and 14th Streets to the east and west, in the U Street Corridor neighborhood of Washington DC.

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