Douglas Development wants to relocate and preserve two more historic Mt. Vernon Triangle buildings–bringing the total for their project to four–as part of the second phase of their major office development at 655 New York Ave. NW. The project architect is Shalom Baranes Associates.
The two buildings at 605 and 607 New York Ave. NW would be moved to the western edge of the site, placing them adjacent to an 1880s livery stable structure at 621-25 New York, next to which one of the previously relocate buildings, 639 New York Ave. NW now sits.
The D.C. Historic Preservation Office (HPO) staff report supports relocating the two buildings to make way for the new office structure proposed by Douglas.
“…It would locate these small scaled buildings adjacent to and clustered with similarly sized historic buildings that would create a stronger critical mass of historic buildings rather than have them separated from other historic buildings by a large infill building,” the HPO staff report states.
The new office building would share parking and a loading entrance with the first phase of the project, currently under construction.
Douglas is not the only developer moving parts around Mt. Vernon Triangle. As we previously reported, IBG Partners moved 465 New York Avenue about 30 feet and is incorporating the renovated 1902 building it into the new Homewood Suites hotel currently under construction.
Thursday the Historic Preservation Review Board will review Douglas’ request to demolish four non-historic structures on the site and to move the two additional historic structures.
Featured image is 655 New York Ave. NW rendering from Douglas Development’s project webpage.Comments