April 30, 2007


Landlords in DC are adding floors to thier buildings, reports the WaPost.

In other cities with complex transportation systems, landlords add ten or 20 floors. Here three are added at 2020 K St. NW.

"With tenants in place the work had to be done off hours so not to disturb them, which added to the cost," said Mark Minich, executive vice president of Cushman & Wakefield, a commercial real estate firm. Nonetheless, "it paid off handsomely, he added.

The 130-ft height limit makes no sense in this era of global warming. DC has a Metro to move the people. So why not let landlords build up? The Roslyn skylines destroys the aesthetics of the mall more than any buidling up in NOMA would. Sure keep heights in historic areas low and set a reasonable limit elsewhere (25 stories?). But the headline should be twenty stories added, not three.

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