Condos to Force Out Gypsy Sally’s, Other Businesses

A condominium development planned for 3401 K (Water) St. NW appears to be advancing. And, as expected, commercial renters in the space will be departing.

The planned 49-unit condo complex will convert the existing structure and add five stories, with a parking garage beneath, as well as a penthouse and a pool. After some changes to original designs in 2016, the project — by IBG Partners and Wilco Residential with designs by architecture firm BBGM — looks set for action next year. The Old Georgetown Board will soon be reviewing the plans for final approval.

The first business to bail officially is live-music venue Gypsy Sally’s, which opened in 2013 and was the subject of a Georgetowner cover story in February of 2014.

On Gypsy Sally’s Facebook page last week, co-owner David Ensor wrote: “As you may have heard, our landlord recently sold the building where we have resided since 2013. It will be developed into condominiums. With great sadness, Gypsy Sally’s will have its final load-out on January 5th, 2020 … Thank you for giving us this chance of a lifetime and for walking on this journey with us. We hope to see you in the coming weeks so that we have the opportunity to thank you in person and maybe swap a few memories. It has truly been a long, strange, and wonderful trip … Peace, David and Karen.”

Other businesses on the property include the Berliner beer hall on the ground floor, an exercise place and a delivery service.

Rendering of proposed condo project, as seen from the C&O Canal towpath.

Rendering of condo project as seen from K Street.



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