• Sheena Saydam

Georgetown Hillside Condos in DC

Since 2011, Developer EastBanc has been looking to start construction on a condo project in

DC. The developer had hoped to begin construction on a project, known as Georgetown Hillside, by September 2013. The project is a 70,000 square foot, 27-unit building located at a major and prestigious point of entry into DC from Virginia. This location, 3607 M Street NW, makes the project important due to its prominence. It will replace the Key Bridge Exxon Mobil gas station in Georgetown’s historic district at 3607 M Street NW. Stairs made famous in the movie The Exorcist are near the site.

EastBanc’s numerous design proposals for Georgetown Hillside have been submitted to, reviewed by and rejected by the Old Georgetown Board, neighborhood ANC and U.S. Commission for Fine Arts. Because this is an historic district which is controlled by the Old Georgetown Act, builders are expected to go through an involved and tough process to gain approval for a design.

A design for these condos in DC submitted to the neighborhood ANC and the Old Georgetown Board was rejected in early March. The ANC and the Old Georgetown Board said the industrial/modern proposal of this Georgetown Hillside project design did not fit in with the neighborhood’s historic character or the use of brick, limestone or gray stone on the buildings up and down M Street.

Neighbors living above the new development on Prospect Street also prevented the project’s development claiming the building could seriously destabilize the hill and would obstruct their views of the Potomac.

Eastbanc and Handel Architects were scheduled to bring six different ideas for the building facade before the Old Georgetown Board again on May 1. These most recent designs seem to intermingle well with the hillside and a nearby historic building indicating that Eastbanc is moving in the right direction with these latest designs. The builder and architects are hopeful that a final approval on the condos in DC will be received.