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Finally getting a facelift. (Lydia DePillis)

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.

Blueprint courtesy of the Board of Zoning Adjustment.