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Up for consideration at the Historic Preservation Review Board this month are two new projects that will just fit in between the buildings around them.
The first: A nine-story apartment building at 17th and O Street on land owned by First Baptist Church (yet another religious institution making good use of its extra acreage) and developed in partnership with Keener Squire properties. The design, which will accommodate between 185 and 230 units, mimicks the Streamline Moderne look of the Bay State and Mass House condos nearby.
And a little bit east, developer Jim Abdo is building a narrow, eight-story apartment building sandwiched between two others of similar size at 1427-1429 Rhode Island Avenue NW. The space has been vacant since the last building there was demolished in 2006. Abdo is just going for a concept review, so there’s no set design, but the scale will likely stay at around 70 units.