Barracks Row Anomaly Gets Face Lift and Maybe a New Restaurant
by Larry Janezich
Last Tuesday night, ANC6C’s Planning and Zoning Committee considered a Historic Preservation Application regarding the concept design for a new façade for the building housing Lake Arbor Dental Associates at 411 8th Street, SE. The building is owned by Zusin Development, which also owns buildings housing the 14th Street Matchbox and the Capitol Hill restaurant Bearnaise.
Architect Chuong Cao of Dep Designs, who presented the concept for the new design, told the committee that for now, only exterior work is being planned, though renovating the interior will come later. When questioned about what kind of retail might occupy the space, Ghuong said, it was not certain, but that “a restaurant is what the street wants to have.”
Zusin Development co-owner Ilya Zusin said that the timeline for re-development is uncertain, and that he currently does not have a new client for the space. According to DC tax records, Zusin Development purchased the building on January 17, 2017, for $2,110,000, apparently in a foreclosure sale.
Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg expressed some reservations about the plate glass window on the second floor, but ended up supporting the plan. The committee moved to support the application, 12 – 0, and placed it on the ANC’s consent calendar for consideration at its March 14 full commission meeting.
For more on Zusin Development, see here: http://www.zusin.com/