New Designs for Old Latham Site; More Residential for Georgetown Park
By August 23, 2021 One Comment 829•
The long vacant site at 3000 M St. NW, which once featured a hotel and a French bakery, got yet another design plan — thankfully, the abandoned crane is gone.
Just three blocks west on M Street, the Georgetown Park retail complex looks to add 166 residential units to the property to replace empty retail space.
An alternative design proposal by Thor Equities and Winstanley Architects has been pitched for the site of the old Latham Hotel located at 3000 M St. NW. Previous ideas from the spring of last year for the site ranged from a 10-story 88-room hotel, to an eight-story 256-room hotel, to a beer garden concept.
Recent renderings now call for a 100-room hotel with retail and restaurant space on M Street, which is currently under review with the District’s Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB), according to Urban Turf. The site’s new development concept will require a planned unit development application with a map amendment to rezone the area.
A significant portion of the Shops at Georgetown Park, located at 3222 M Street, is under HPRB conceptual review for a potential residential conversion, as first reported by the Washington Business Journal (WBJ). The concept calls for adding windows to the complex’s west side and was filed by the property’s owner, Jamestown Properties.
An approved proposal would include a conversion of over 128,000 square-feet of retail space to residential use. The Eisen Group will handle the architectural aspect of the project and is conducting a feasibility study. Georgetown Park — already zoned for mixed-use with existing condo units overlooking the C&O Canal — would add a mixture of micro units and one- to two-bedroom dwellings with lofts. The existing 639 below-grade parking spaces will remain intact and in use. The conversion could total up to 166 new units, according to WBJ. Since 1985, there have been 55 condominiums at the complex — Georgetown Park Residences — with an entrance at 1080 Wisconsin Ave. NW.