No Room at the Inn for Gas Station: A New Design for Douglas Development’s 6th and K Hotel

Earlier this year, UrbanTurf reported on Douglas Development’s plans to construct a hotel in Mount Vernon Triangle. Now, the logistics for the site have changed, creating a more simplified design.

After conversations with the Office of Planning and DC Preservation League, the proposed 13-story hotel at 601 K Street NW (map) will no longer incorporate portions of the two vehicular service buildings on the site; the gas station will instead be relocated to a site directly across the street.

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New design rendering for the hotel as viewed from southwest
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Previous design rendering for the hotel, including service buildings

Going forward, the applicant is seeking a special exception to put a bar, lounge, restaurant or nightclub in the 2,815 square-foot penthouse and adjacent outdoor terrace. No operator for the rooftop space has been identified as of yet, although the application specifies that the use will not be a “sexually-oriented business”. Otherwise, the hotel has been redesigned to eliminate the need for other zoning relief.

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Aerial rendering of the proposed hotel

The hotel will have 231 rooms and restaurant and retail space on the ground floor. Fillat+ Architecture is the designer of the project. The Board of Zoning Adjustment will consider the case at the end of November.

 

As featured in Urban Turf