Housing Complex

Hot Corner to Get Redeveloped in Adams Morgan

Condos, incoming.

The corner of 17th and Euclid NW in Adams Morgan has a long rap sheet: In fact, it's probably the most storied intersection in City Paper's history. Jason Cherkis wrote about the stoop-sitting family at 1701 Euclid that nearby residents accused of being a criminal nuisance. After much debate, the police set up cameras on the corner, which Councilmember Jim Graham claims helped scatter the 1-7 Crew that once called those streets home. It's where Brian Beutler got shot in 2008, and where Daniel Martin and Derek Brawner pulled off a drive-by in 2010.

Now, it's slated to get some brand-new condos courtesy of Capital City Real Estate, which has been redeveloping infill sites all over the District in the last couple years. They bought the property for $2.05 million last August, and Euclid Market and the neighboring drycleaner closed soon after. Capital City tells me they want to talk to the neighbors before releasing any designs, but also don't plan to seek any zoning relief, which means the building won't get taller than 50 feet.

Residents should hope, though, that they bring back some sort of market—even new condos don't do much for eyes on the street, which are the best crime deterrent a city could ask for.

Photo by Lydia DePillis

  • Lou

    The building is going to 19 units with parking off the alley (I've met with the developer and looked at plans.) Additionally, Adams Investment has purchased the building on the other side of Morgan Annex on 17th, and is going to be building more condos on that site.
    Your last statement about bringing back a market is just silly. When the Euclid Market was there, the corner was at its worst. I have lived 2 doors down since 2004, and ever since the market closed and the crime camera went up, things have settled down. The market owner had no vested interest in the neighborhood, whereas 19 condo owners will have a significant vested interest in keeping "their eyes on the street."

  • Cap City Records Panhandler

    This is a storied corner... formal and informal

  • Jeff

    Awesome news! It would be better if they'd gotten zoning relief to go up as tall as the Cortland at 1760 Euclid, but this still will be adding a lot more density than just a house with one or two families. In such a walkable neighborhood, how will the 25-35 new residents coming and going NOT provide more eyes on the street? I get that a market might have more foot traffic at shopping hours like 6-8pm , but it would probably be closed 10 pm - 2 am, a time when residents may be walking the dog before bed, returning from nearby bars or friends' houses, etc.

  • Dave

    I'm pretty sure this site is only big enough for 10 or 12 units (either 5 or 6 parking spots in rear, it's a 1-2 ratio as it's R5B). 19 units doesn't sound right- both because it's an odd number and it's too many units.

  • Lou

    The city has confirmed the permit application for 19 units and this is what the plans show. The development is by right, so no zoning relief needed. Parking is shown as partially inside a garage and some outside, all off the alley.

  • Anonymouse