EastBanc Technologies purchased the building designed by Ammi B. Young this summer for $1.9 million. The building will be extended into the rear for EastBanc's use and they will also use the second floor for office space. Guy Martin, one of the principal partners at CORE and design leader of this project says that the second floor's large windows and open floor plan would make an ideal office space for the Georgetown based technology company. In fact, that large second floor room is so wide open because it used to be a customs house for the port at Georgetown.
The post office will still be operational, although their space has been consolidated to the front of the ground floor. In fact, Martin said that one of the challenges in completing this project was that the post office had to remain in operation as they completed the project. Martin says that the first part of the project, the front of the first floor and the second floor will be completed in about three weeks.
Additionally, the building will now have a green roof. Martin says that although the green roof is a good practice as it helps with storm water retention that it also serves an aesthetic purpose. Now the building's neighbors (and occupants!) will get to see something green as well as something granite.
Says Martin of his experience on the project, "It's a good example of keeping the post office while making good adaptive reuse of the rest of the building."
Check out the renderings of the building's exterior and floor plan in the gallery above.
· Old Georgetown Post Office [CORE]
· Ammi B. Young [Wikipedia]
· EastBanc, Inc. Closes on $1.9 Million Post Office Purchase [Georgetown Patch]