Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Can a New Coat of Paint Help Kendall Row?
Long-term readers of this blog are well familiar with the history of the troubled townhouse project at the corner of 12th & K Street NE. The Kendall Row (AKA Capitol Hill Oasis) development has baffled many of us for years. I watched with interest as they stacked the original pre-fab elements. Interest turned to frustration as the builders made mistake after mistake. A wall collapsed (leading to a massive fire at Jimmy's Tire), holes had to be re-excavated, construction equipment toppled over into pits, and so much more foolishness took place as the years wore on. The townhomes recently went on the market, but they are not cheap (close to a million last time I checked). They suffer from a cookie cutter look on the outside, and a floorplan that might charitably be described as eccentric.
There isn't much the current owners (the project was foreclosed upon) can do about the floorplan, but it looks like they are hoping to give the places a little curb appeal. Though I think the white (primer) is an improvement over that weird colored brick thing they have going on, I hope they won't paint them all white (or whatever the final color might be). A little variation might be nice. Any guesses/votes for colors?