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Last week, the Board of Zoning Adjustment signed off on a massive replacement of the Chinese Embassy residence and chancery building at 2300 Connecticut—the abandoned-looking hulk just south of the bridge, with lion statues out front. The Intowner summarized the proposal back in September: Increased security requirements made the old Windsor Park Hotel unsuited to a diplomatic building, so the Peoples Republic needs to build a new one, with 160 residences and a non-public consular office. To do so, they hired go-to apartment architect Phil Esocoff, who used to live right across the street. The result is a building that fits in quite well with its surroundings, unlike the more modern facility on Porter Street, which houses the embassy’s education staff.