Development Envisions Revived Streetscape


The owners of 3400 Connecticut / 2911 Newark St have filed an application for design review for an adaptive reuse and addition at the site of the Macklin Apartment building.  The Macklin, a 17-unit building designed by Mihran Mesrobian and built in 1939, is not being altered and will remain visible on all four sides.  The additions will be to the front parking lot and to the area west of the Macklin on Newark St.  The drawings can be accessed here.


The development will transform the streetscape on this prominent corner of Newark St and Connecticut Ave, adding roughly 3,000 sqft of street-fronting retail, a public plaza accessible from both Newark and Connecticut, and restoring the full sidewalk by closing the the curb cut.

Thirty-one residential units will be added to the west building, including six studios, 4 junior one-bedrooms, 14 one-bedrooms, and 4 two-bedrooms.  A rooftop shared space will be usable by the residents of the new building as well as the Macklin residents.  The owner is still finalizing plans for the number of affordable units, and whether the units will be rental or condo or some combination.

Four townhouses, also fronting Newark Street, will top the new retail space in the new building on the corner.

The application will be reviewed by local and city boards during November:

  • ANC 3C’s Planning and Zoning Committee will review the application this Monday, November 4th at 7pm at the Cleveland Park Library.
  • The owner and architect will hold a public meeting for a short presentation and answer questions at the lower level meeting room in the Cleveland Park Library on Thursday, November 7, from 4:30-6pm.
  • The Architectural Review Committee of the Cleveland Park Historical Society will review the application at its November 11 meeting, which will be held at 7:30pm at the Cleveland Park Congregational Church located at 3400 Lowell Street.
  • The full ANC will take up the application at their November meeting scheduled for November 18, 7pm at the Cleveland Park Library.
  • The DC Historic Preservation Review Board will hear and decide on the application at either its November 21 or December 5 meetings.

The public is welcome at each of these meeting.

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