Update on Alsco/Linens of the Week Redevelopment on Lamont

Perspective of Alsco development from 2014

Perspective of Alsco development from 2014

Its been more than a year since I’ve shared anything about the redevelopment project headed for the old Alsco/Linens of the Week plant planned for Lamont Street (See August 2014 post here).

In reviewing the lists of both permit applications and approved permits between March 21 and April 8, 2016, things appear to finally be moving with this development. The records show the following so far:

  • 3/22/16 — 713 Lamont Street, NW. Permit application (review in progress) for Excavation Sheeting and Shoring (Section C below)
  • 3/23/16 — 713 Lamont Street, NW. Permit application (review in progress) for removal of one approximately 10,000-gallon heating oil underground storage tank (Section C below)
  • 3/30/16 — 735 Lamont Street, NW. Permit application (review in progress) for the conversion of an existing 4 story warehouse/commercial laundry in to a 76 unit apartment building, with one level of below grade utility space. The facade along Lamont Street and the floors and Structural frame of the building will be saved and reused.  The below grade utility space will be cast in place concrete, with the above grade apartment building will be metal stud framing with brick and fiber cement cladding infill on the existing concrete frame — This permit corresponds to Section B in the drawing below.
  • 3/30/16 — 724 Morton Street, NW. Permit issued for the removal of one approximately 10,000-gallon heating oil underground storage tank.
  • 4/7/16 — 785 Lamont Street, NW. Permit application (review in progress) for a new building (8 unit new construction, apartment building, with one level of below grade utility space and parking lot.  The below grade Utility Space will be in cast in place concrete, with the above grade apartment building will be wood framing with brick and fiber cement cladding) — This permit would be for the new construction labeled Section A below.

As a recap, the plan presented in 2014 is to redevelop the existing Lamont street properties in three sections. There is also the vacant lot facing Morton Street. The Lamont Street sections are illustrated below with descriptions following them.

Alsco south elevation

Section “A” is a surface parking lot for Alsco. This area would be developed to have a 3-story, 8-unit building along Lamont Street and include 14 parking spaces at the rear. The building would have a total of 9,600 sq. ft.

Section “B” is the 4-story building constructed in 1925. The plan is to create 76 living units in this building. No parking would be included in this section of the project. Areas would be cut out of the east and west facades to permit light into the new units. This structure would have around 68,784 sq. ft.

Section “C” is — in my opinion — the most interesting part of the development. It would have about 117,886 sq. ft. of space for 139 units. This is the oldest of the buildings, originally erected ca. 1920. The 1-story facade would be retained and restored and the original entrance would be returned to how it looked when the building was first completed providing a prominent entryway. The Lamont Street section would be developed into townhouse-like living units.

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5 Comments on “Update on Alsco/Linens of the Week Redevelopment on Lamont”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Let’s hope they move faster than the Zuckermans. Hope there is some accountability.

  2. MW Says:

    Thanks so much for this update. Do you know whether the Holladay Corp has designated a contact person to handle community inquiries, or whether they are planning to hold any more community meetings? I live on the 700 block of Lamont, and based on the Seismic Survey notifications residents have received, it seems like construction is imminent. I’d really like to have a better idea about what will be happening when, what their plans for rodent abatement are, what to expect in terms of disruption from construction equipment, and so forth–and I’m sure I’m not alone in my desire for a little more information. I’m very glad that the development is happening, but do think they should keep neighbors in the loop.

  3. solsbarry Says:

    I like the builfing concept, but i Hope there is more than 14 parking spaces for these 200+ units.


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