Alexan Old Town

The existing structure located at 600 N. Royal Street site was built in 1933 and has long since been used as a bus facility that was eventually acquired by WMATA. The Old Town North Small Area Plan recognized the WMATA owned Bus Garage as a potential redevelopment site and recommended its rezoning from commercial to residential use. In 2017, WMATA launched a competitive process to choose a buyer for the historic bus garage and eventually awarded the redevelopment opportunity to Trammel Crow Residential (TCR).

Impressed with their portfolio, local experience and level of design execution, TCR brought on HCM as their architect for the project to re-envision the site as a luxury apartment building with first class amenities. Faced with a number of zoning constraints as defined by the small area plan and its design guidelines, the HCM team crafted a design that responds to the scale, character and adjacent context of the neighborhood. With 286 residential units, the building has a more contemporary six-story multi-family apartment building presence on two street frontages, while dropping to a lower four-story townhouse scale with walk-up units to respect the existing residences along the other sides of the site. Driven by the city’s desire to break up the block, two floating glass corridor bridge connections were conceived to further define the different architectural styles and the concept of a site built over time. A ground level pool courtyard and three distinct roof terraces provide the residents with a range of outdoor amenities catered for a variety of spaces and activities, along with presenting exceptional views to the Potomac River and the surrounding historic neighborhood. The redevelopment is a podium-style building with a level and a half of below grade parking and a combination of four and five-story wood frame construction above.

Details
286 Units
300 Parking Spaces
400k GSF (285k Residential/ 115k Parking)
LEED Certified

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