Saturday, January 29, 2011

Utopia Project Set to Start in Fall 2011

The Utopia Project at the corner of 14th and U Streets is slated to begin construction in the Fall.

Conceived by Georgetown Strategic Capital (GSC), the Utopia development will serve up 220 rental units and 20,000 square feet of retail. Eric Colbert & Associates have moved forward on the drawings, says Robert Moore of GSC, with plans for completion of the drawings by spring.

"The design is shaping up to be a very attractive solution, combining a sensitivity to the historic buildings and materials with a modern flair as Colbert has demonstrated in some of his other work," says Moore. Colbert & Associates also designed 1406 T Street condos, the renovation of the Room and Board building, Church Place condos, The Hudson on P Street, The Floridian on 9th Street and The Rutherford
on 13th Street.

Community representatives worked with Eric and Moore to make sure that Utopia`s facade is terraced so it blends with the surrounding rowhouses and storefronts. We were trying to avoid a behomoth on the block. since the building is 90 feet high, the most towering building in the neighborhood. Colbert & Associates were sensitive to community concerns, meeting often with the ANC, Dupont Circle Conservancy, and the city`s historic preservation staff.