Development plans for the addition to Capitol Park Tower at 301 G Street have changed. Plans call for a seven-story, 270,000 SF building with 300 units – 8% of the building area will be set aside as affordable units. A 350-space garage will provide parking for the new and existing buildings. Gone is the four-story addition on the northeast corner of the site that fronts Capitol Park II. Also, the pool will remain, but it will be refinished. The pool pavilion, however, will be removed. The development team has proposed to enclose the open area of the first floor of the existing building with glass and turn this area into 20 apartment units, which will increase the total number of units in the existing building to 309.
Last month, the ANC unanimously supported the plan, with a reservation about the building height. Zoning in the area is set at 60 feet, but the proposed addition is 74 feet. The development team is measuring the height of the building, not from the street, but from the Southwest freeway which abuts the site. The Office of Zoning approved that interpretation, even though the building will not be accessed from the freeway. By that measure, the new addition is 55 feet tall. In any case, the new building as proposed will be 12 feet lower than the existing building.
At the July 30 Historic Preservation Review Board meeting, the Board voted unanimously for the following:
The Board found that a new building addition in the proposed location could be compatible, but that revisions were needed to achieve compatibility with the site and existing building. Among its comments, the Board found that the pool pavilion should be retained, the end wings of the new construction should be eliminated, the design and materials of the new building should be restudied, the landscape plan should continue to be refined to closely follow Kiley’s design, the perimeter fence should ideally be eliminated or relocated and simplified, and that any enclosure of the ground level should be with much greater setbacks of the glazing.
The development team will need to go back to the drawing table in order to gain approval for the project. Earlier in the year, it was projected that construction would begin by November, but it’s now likely that start date will slip a bit.
Rendering courtesy of WDG Architecture