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Former Helicopter Factory in D.C. to Become Luxe Condos

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An early 20th century manufacturing facility that created what Washington Business Journal reports were the world's earliest helicopters may house Washington, D.C.'s newest luxury condominiums. The site is located at 770-774 Girard Street NW in Pleasant Plains (or North Shaw, depending on who you ask) and currently houses a warehouse building that was three original historic warehouses combined into one building. Washington, D.C.-based Brick Lane and Brook Rose Development's project, called the Helicopter Factory, will span approximately 28,000-square-feet with 15 units. Principal of Brick Lane Jeff Gross told Curbed that one of the warehouses will be converted into the development's largest unit, spanning 5,100-square-feet with two-and-a-half levels and a rooftop deck. Washington Business Journal reported that the largest unit would be 7,600-square-feet, but this is incorrect. Another one of the warehouses will be converted into a 2,500-square-foot unit, while the third will become a landscaped courtyard with the walls and beams intact. Six industrial-style row houses with 13 units will also be constructed on what is now a surface parking lot. Between the front ground up portion and rear historic warehouses, there are plans to create seven off-street parking spots on an area that is currently a landscaped parking area.

Washington Business Journal reported that the first phase of the construction process is slated to begin as soon as possible, but won't be able to carry on until a buyer is on board. A representative from TTR Sotheby's International Realty contacted Curbed to confirm that construction has now begun. If interested in any further information, be sure to contact listing agent Michael Hines of TTR Sotheby's International Realty at The site is located one block away from Howard University, a half mile away from an upcoming Whole Foods, and a half mile away from Columbia Heights Metro.
[UPDATE 1/6: The listing agent and his contact information were added to this article. The confirmation that construction has begun was also added.]

· Historic helicopter factory goes luxury condo. Here's your first look. [Washington Business Journal]
· Brick Lane [Official Website]