Back in June, Republic Properties presented revised designs for their planned residential building at The Portals to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. The apartment and condo building at 1331 Maryland Avenue, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects will be the first residential component of the mixed use project, which includes 1.5 million SF in three office buildings, the 400-key Mandarin Oriental Hotel, and ground floor retail. In fact, the proposed project would be the first residential building constructed north of the Southwest freeway and south of the National Mall since urban renewal. The project is planned as 290 apartment units and 75 condo units on the top four floors in a 13-story building. Aside from the planned residential building, a fourth office building (Portals IV) is planned on the remaining vacant parcel between 1331 Maryland Avenue and the Mandarin.
In their June 26 letter to the developer and architect, the Commission endorsed the proposed revisions, which include the addition of 23 inches to the height of the building as well as adjustments to the façade. The entrance to the condo building was moved away from the Maryland Avenue circle and alterations were made to an interim plaza between the proposed building and a future phase. Construction is expected to begin sometime in 2016.
Renderings courtesy of U.S. Commission of Fine Arts