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14th Street Portals V Building Approved for 13 Stories

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[A previous and current rendering of the Portals V Building via Robert A.M. Stern Architects]

First, the Portals V building was too "gestural" and inelegant, then it was too tall, but now it's just right. The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts approved the development on Thursday, and now the 13-story, 365-unit residential building is expected to begin construction in 2016, as reported by the Washington Business Journal. There will be 290 apartments in the first nine floors and 75 condominiums in the top four floors. Originally, the building was designed to become one of Washington, D.C.'s tallest buildings at a height of 130 feet with 15 stories and approximately 400 units. The building is now more in line, height-wise, with adjacent buildings in the area, according to Washington Business Journal.

· Republic shaves two floors off Portals residential, earns CFA approval [Curbed DC]
· Portals V Building Too 'Gestural,' Not 'Elegant' Enough [Curbed DC]