We now know who won the auction for the West Heating Plant. And due to some sleuthing by the Washington Business Journal, we are starting to get a sense for what they have planned.

The Levy Group, joined with the Four Seasons, won the auction. And according to several reports they are planning to build 80 condos in the building. But how?

WBJ dug up a letter from Matt LeGrant, the city’s zoning administrator, to the Levy Group’s lawyer. It detailed under zoning what could be done to the building. His somewhat surprising conclusion was that almost total demolition of the building may be necessary. He stated that they could then rebuild pretty much right back up to the current building’s envelope. (Interestingly, the height limit of the building would be determined by the width of the Whitehurst Freeway.)

LeGrant wrote: “Since redevelopment for any adaptive re-use, particularly residential or hotel use, would require fenestration and the addition of floors, partial demolition and reconstruction of the building are essential.”

Apparently the investment group’s architect has already created a plan that would keep only 31.6 percent of the building. It sounds like essentially they plan to completely gut the building (which would be a requirement for just about any plan) and then tear down most of the exterior walls except the front facade.

[Continue reading Topher Mathews’s post here at The Georgetown Metropolitan.]

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