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Kalorama Road office building to be converted to condos

The "Transcentury Building" office building will be converted to 47 apartments, mostly studios

A typical floor plan

The D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment will consider a request for zoning variances for the conversion of an office building into a five-story apartment building at 1724 Kalorama Road NW. A hearing on the request, submitted by Murillo/Malnati Group, developer of the Adams Morgan project, has been scheduled for April 28.
The Washington, D.C.-headquartered Murillo/Malnati Group is asking for a variances in parking, from the required 16 spaces to 7 and from the setback to the street property line for those spaces.
The building occupies 90 percent of the lot. It also has no basement or cellar and, the developer contends, constructing underground parking would not be economically feasible.
The developer further argues that the site is accessible to Metrobus lines and car-sharing services. Tenants are expected to be a young professional demographic and the developer will construct a secure bicycle storage area.
The existing, circa-1923 structure is a three-story office building called the Transcentury Building. The project calls for renovation and an addition to convert it into a five-story, 47-unit building. The existing 22,260 gross square foot building will be expanded by over 12,000 gross square feet but the footprint of the building will remain the same.
The proposed apartment building will have 25 studios, 16 one-bedrooms and six two-bedrooms, including a few designated as “penthouse” units. There will be a common roof deck and up to six private roof decks. Bonstra/Haresign is the architect.
The studios will range from 415 to 498 square feet; one-bedroom units, 575 to 713 square feet; and two-bedroom units, 734 to 931 square feet.
The rectangular-shaped lot is bounded by Kalorama Road on the north; a mixed-use condo building and arts building on the south and east; and a 10-foot public alley on the west. It is located in ANC 1C.
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