Monday, May 6, 2013

220 Key Adams Morgan Hotel Moving Forward

This former church will become part of a new 220 room hotel by 2015.
The contentious plans for a luxury hotel in Adams Morgan on the site of a former church look to be moving forward. The New York based co-developer Slydell Group plans to utilize the First Church of Christ, Scientist building at 1770 Euclid St NW along with new construction to bring  a 220 room hotel to the Adams Morgan neighborhood by mid-2015. The address of the hotel will be 1780 Columbia Rd NW.  The church selected the other co-developer, Friedman Capital, for this project in 2004. So, if the hotel is actually competed in 2015, this will have been an 11 year project. (Also, Friedman Capital is totally a candidate for 100percentmen).

Slydell Group has developed Ace Hotels in the past, however this hotel will be managed and operated by Bethesda-based Marriott International. They are using the language "boutique hotel," but there is no official name or branding, yet. Will it become part of Marriott's Edition brand? Possibly.

All 220 guest rooms will be in a new eight floor addition added to the southern edge of the property along Champlain Street NW. The new construction will replace the building formerly occupied by the Washington City Paper and WPFW Pacifica Radio station. In addition to the eight above ground floors, there will one concourse level and four underground parking levels with 132 spaces.

Not everyone is in favor of the development. Groups like No Adams Morgan Hotel oppose various aspects of the plan citing zoning oversight, economic impact, the controversial $46M tax abatement, traffic, noise, and pollution concerns. 

However, momentum seems to be with the developers. They plan to start construction this calendar year. They also have a promotional/informational website, oddly named Adams Morgan Historic Hotel. I suppose the church building is historic; it is over 100 years old. And FYI, the Christian Scientists who own and used this church in the past moved to a smaller place of worship at 1782 Columbia Rd NW years ago.

The old church structure will house part of the lobby, restaurants and meeting spaces. The main entrance and check-in area will be on the Champlain St side of the hotel, in the newer structure. Developers are seeking LEED Silver certification for this project.

For more architectural plans (PDF): Architectural PlansElevations and Renderings.

More renderings below courtesy of The Adams Morgan Historic Hotel website.
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