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From the February 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The six new luxury condominiums at 2140 Wisconsin Ave. went on the market over the holidays, and one was under contract by mid-January, according to Nate Ward of Capital Park Realty. Ranging in price from $425,000 to $1.2 million, the one- and two-bedroom units feature open layouts, huge plate-glass windows, and Thermador ranges. There’s parking at the building’s rear for the two penthouse units—each of which comes with a rooftop deck. For information, visit cparkre.com.

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2140WisconsinIn1985ByRobertStoessenFacebook user Robert Stoesen posted a 1989 photograph of Wisconsin Ave. to the “Old Time D.C.” public group. The onetime site of Murrell’s Television and Video Rentals, 2140 Wisconsin Ave., is now the location of the under-construction Elyasi Place Condominiums.

For comparison, here’s what the block looked like this morning:

2100 block Wisconsin, 6/27/2014

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Rendering of 2140 Wisconsin CondosFrom the May 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The luxury condo building going up at 2140 Wisconsin Ave. now has a name: Elyasi Place Condominiums. The building is scheduled for completion in late summer. According to developer Zak Elyasi, asking prices for the six units will run from $400,000 for two ground-floor units to $1.1 million for two penthouse units with private rooftop decks. Above and below are architects’ renderings, courtesy of Zak Elyasi.

 

Interior, 2140 Wisconsin Ave

Penthouse deck, 2140 Wisconsin

 

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From the March 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Oscar Amurrio has applied for a permit to add a restaurant to his home at 2138 Wisconsin Ave. The mansard-roofed brick rowhouse, which has for years been obscured by a blue construction fence, sits next to the vacant lot at 2140 Wisconsin where developer Zak Elyasi is building eight luxury condominiums. On the other side of Amurrio’s property is 2136 Wisconsin, a tan, blocky architectural monstrosity that now houses SunBrite Windows and Doors on its ground floor and rental units above.

Amurrio, whose father was born in Spain, says he plans to build a front addition to his home that would house a Spanish restaurant on the ground level. The second floor would house Amurrio’s decorative plastering business, Eight Brothers, and the upper floors would include two dwelling units. The building would have a modern glass-and-limestone façade, in keeping with the glass-front condos going up next door, he says.

In October, the city government issued a stop-work order to Amurrio for doing foundation work on his property without a permit. He filed his building permit application on January 9.

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From the December 2013 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

In late October, construction on a high-end condo building at 2140 Wisconsin Ave. spurred next-door neighbor Oscar Amurrio, the proprietor of Eight Brothers Development (2138 Wisconsin Ave.), to shore up his building’s foundation—and that, in turn, led to a stop work order for Amurrio.

“My walls were cracking,” says Amurrio, who showed us about a dozen six– to 12–inch cracks in the plaster around his house’s front windows. “I had to do emergency work to underpin my house.” Amurrio excavated and placed cement and rebar not only under his current structure, but along the perimeter of a future front addition, he says. City officials visited the site and ordered Amurrio to stop until proper permits were obtained. That’s fine with Amurrio, he says, now that his building is stable. Amurrio says he is now working with an architect to design an addition with a limestone-and-glass façade.

The construction at 2140 Wisconsin Ave. was not cited by the city in the matter, and its developer, Zak Elyasi, denies that his project had anything to do with Amurrio’s cracks or his actions. “Everything that I’m doing, I’m doing correctly, and it has passed inspection,” Elyasi says. “It’s textbook. My permits are all in place.” The building at 2140 Wisconsin Ave. will be a modern, glass-front structure with eight condominium units. It is expected to be completed in mid-2014.

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Earlier this month, the Board of Zoning Adjustment approved a variance that would allow a new apartment building to be constructed on Wisconsin Ave. with no dedicated parking spaces for tenants. While the plan does call for the construction of two parking spaces directly behind the building, the owners were still working on securing a legal right to access the spaces via an adjacent office parking lot.

The building, to be built on the long-vacant lot at 2140 Wisconsin Ave.—just south of W Pl.—would contain eight dwelling units. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B supported the developer’s application, and no one appeared at a July 9 BZA hearing to oppose it.

Though parking is painfully scarce in the area, lot owners AE Tower LLC and RE Opal LLC made a compelling case for the variance in a written statement to the board. The narrowness and location of the lot do not allow for underground parking, the statement notes, and a front curb cut would create only one or two spaces—plus potential traffic hassles as parkers backed onto busy Wisconsin Ave. The large parking lot at the rear of the building is reserved for the office complex from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, though apartment dwellers would be able to park there after hours. The property is adjacent to several bus lines and is a few blocks from a Capital Bikeshare station.

Adding apartments, even without parking, would be preferable to leaving the lot vacant, the statement argues: “The proposed project would convert a long-vacant ‘eyesore’ property to a vibrant residential use. The design will greatly improve the appearance and character of this block.”

A building permit application is under consideration by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

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2136 to 2140 Wisconsin AveFrom the May 2013 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The vacant lot at 2140 Wisconsin Ave. (a few doors up from Café
Romeo’s) will become a “very nice, top-of-the-line” condominium
building within a year, according to local developer Zak
Elyasi. The lot—hidden for years behind a construction fence—was
recently purchased by Elyasi’s parents, Abdul and Ramzia Elyasi of
Greensboro, North Carolina. Son Zak, managing member of Raz Development,
says plans are in the works to construct a residential building
that may include ground-floor commercial space. The development
group hopes to begin foundation work within the next month or two
and complete the building in the spring of 2014.

The family recently completed a project in Columbia Heights that
yielded two spacious luxury condo units, Zak says. Asked whether the
Glover Park building’s façade would be as close to the sidewalk as its
blocky beige neighbor at 2136 Wisconsin Ave., he replied that while
final plans have not yet been drawn, “it’s going to look nicer than that
beige building.”

The lot’s previous owner, Davar Ashgrizzadeh—who also owns
Café Romeo’s—bought the property in 2008 for $995,000 and sold it on
March 22 for $1,250,000, according to city land records.

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