City Paper is not for tourists
As promised, the guys behind the Marriott-managed Adams Morgan Hotel—-a.k.a. the Devil’s Tower—-got their planned unit development application to the Office of Zoning by the end of July. It includes all the specs, including many we’ve already discussed here, as well as some new renderings of what the thing will look like.
If you’re the kind of person who cares about obscure zoning issues, let me clear up one thing. In some parts of Adams Morgan, there’s a restriction called the Reed-Cooke Overlay, which keeps heights to 40 feet and prohibits uses like bars and cocktail lounges, restaurants and fast food establishments, billiard parlors and pool halls etc. (None of 18th street proper is covered by the overlay). The City Paper building, on which the hotel is to be built, currently does fall under the overlay. The hotel application seeks to get rid of that piece of the overlay and make the whole site C-2-B, which allows medium density commercial development. So some of the debate will center around the question of whether that’s appropriate for the neighborhood.