Category Archives: Development

Zoning Sends Holy Redeemer Development Back To The Drawing Board

Holy Redeemer Development Rendering via Urban Turf
Holy Redeemer Development Rendering via Urban Turf

Back in October we wrote about an upcoming  Zoning Commission hearing of the Planned Unit Development for the proposed townhomes on the Holy Redeemer College property. We recently learned from this story in the Washington Post that the Zoning Commission was less than pleased with the design and told the developer, Madison Homes, to return with a new design. From the WaPo story:

“This is really not good,” said Commissioner Peter May at the hearing. “The architecture of it and the design of it feels cheap.”

May was also expressed concern about the 14-foot width of the townhouses. In addition to making for a narrow living experience, he said, the width would have necessitated more depth, and a larger overall footprint that May said he fears would overpower the Holy Redeemer building, which is seeking historic designation.

“I think you could get a reasonable development on this excess land, maybe with a multifamily building,” May said. “I cannot see that townhouses are the right solution. If the project does go forward as townhouses, the number has to be significantly reduced.”

Commissioner Marcia Cohen expressed ambivalence about the plan, but said that the narrow width may lead to a more affordable product.

The article says that the developer plans to return with an updated plan. We will let you know  when we hear anything new.

Zoning Hearing On Holy Redeemer Development Thursday

Holy Redeemer Development Rendering via Urban Turf
Holy Redeemer Development Rendering via Urban Turf.

This Thursday October 29, there will be Zoning Commission Review and Approval hearing of the Planned Unit Development and PUD-Related Map Amendment, proposed on the Holy Redeemer College property. As a reminder, the two-stage development would comprise 41 townhomes and borders the Chancellor’s Row development along 7th Street NE. For more information check out the Notice of Public Hearing.

Development Update: Brooks Row Condo Pre-Sales Start Soon

Rendering Courtesy of Lock 7 Development.
Rendering Courtesy of Lock 7 Development.

It’s been a while since we updated readers on Brooks Row, the condominium development project by Lock 7 Development, at 12th and Franklin Streets, NE. Many thanks to Megan, from the Lock 7 team for this update:

Urban Pace will start pre-sales for the project in November and we plan to have the building complete by March of 2015. The building is comprised of 22 two-level townhome-style units (12 2BR/2.5BA and 10 3BR/3BA). The two bedrooms will go for the high $400’s and the three bedrooms will go for the mid $500’s.
You can find more information on the development like floor plans, amenities and renderings here and info like unit breakdowns are here.  We will let you know when we hear anything new.

Jackson Place Flats To Have First Open House Saturday

Many neighbors have watched the Jackson Place Flats development start taking shape this summer. Located at the corner of 12th and Jackson Streets NE, the development will consist of 34  contemporary two bed, two and a half baths condo units. We reached out to the Jackson Place Flats team, here is what they had to say:

The first units will be delivered Friday October 30th and the prices start at $439,000 and go up to $529,000. Condo fees are $195 a month. Lastly, we recommend you make an appointment with Ashley Johnson who can be reached at 202-520-5133 on Saturday September 12, which is our opening day of the sale’s office.

Also, they will be having their first open house this Saturday per this tweet below.

To keep up with the development check out their Facebook page here, website here, and their Twitter feed here.

Marriott Hotel/Convention Center Planned In Nearby Edgewood

Rendering courtesy of WDG Architecture
Rendering courtesy of WDG Architecture

We learned from this story in the Washington Business Journal that a long delayed development project is likely moving forward in the coming years. The development will construct a hotel and conference center to support the area’s universities (Trinity, Catholic U) and other institutions, and will be at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Irving Street Northeast. The hotel will have 168  Residence Inn rooms and 168 Courtyard by Marriott rooms. The project has already been approved, but now the development team has brought forward changes to the original plan and has requested an extension to file building permit applications until July 31, 2016. The DC Zoning Commission will conduct a public hearing on the project on Sept. 24. We will let you know when we hear anything new.

Enormous Development Proposed For Rhode Island Ave Metro Station Area

Rendering courtesy of MRP Realty
Rendering courtesy of MRP Realty

Yesterday we learned from these stories in the Washington Business Journal and Urban Turf that a huge development  covering about 6 blocks is planned for the area just northwest of the Rhode Island Avenue Metro stop. If the proposal is approved, it will bring more than 1,500 residential units in seven buildings with retail space on the ground floor of each building. According to the Washington Business Journal article:

MRP, with B&R Associates LP and Sandrock LP, proposes to transform 13 acres encompassing the Rhode Island Center — anchored by Save-A-Lot, Big Lots and Foreman Mills — a self-storage warehouse and 13 single-story retailers into a mixed-use, transit-oriented community that promises, per its application, to “ultimately establish this locale as a destination in and of itself.” The development site is bounded by Fourth Street NE to the west, Rhode Island Avenue to the south, the Metrorail tracks and the Metropolitan Branch Trail to the east and the Edgewood Terrace apartments to the north.

We are assuming a development of this magnitude will take some time to wind itself through the zoning (and other) processes, and the articles did not give a timeline for the multi phased project. We will let you know when we hear anything new.

Stone Straw Building Brings More Potential Development Along Metro Tracks

Yesterday we learned that Brookland’s Stone Straw building will likely be sold for development purposes. The building is currently owned by Metro, which uses it to house records and for Metro Transit Police functions. It is located along the Franklin Street Bridge near 10th street NE, beside the Metro tracks.

What you may not know is that the Stone Straw building is the site of the development of the paper drinking straw, as well other wound paper products by the Stone Paper Tube Company. Check out the plaque in the photo set above that dates the building  to the early 1930’s.

According to this story in the Washington Business Journal:

The transit agency plans to relocate its…functions currently housed in the 68,700-square-foot Stone Straw building at 900 Franklin St. NE in Brookland…it will also enable it to “dispose of Stone Straw, a long-sought goal, and save substantial capital funds for its repair.” The report describes Stone Straw as a “long-sought development site.”

We will let you know when we learn anything new.

Upcoming 901 Evarts Development Meetings

Last month we posted about a planned 370 unit apartment building at 901 Evarts St. NE.  The developer’s representative presented their plans for a ten story apartment building at the ANC 5B04 Single Member District meeting on June 8th.  Recently ANC Commissioner Barrios informed constituents that the developers have elected to host their own meetings going forward rather than present at ANC meetings. There will be two meetings to discuss the development:  today, Thursday July 2nd and Thursday July 16th, 6:30pm-8:00pm, at the Bishop Alfred A. Owens Jr. Family Life Community Center Multipurpose Room, 605 Rhode Island Avenue NE. See the flyer below for more information.

901 Evarts Flyer

Mayor Bowser To Attend Senior Housing Groundbreaking In Brookland

Senior Housing on Girard
Rendering courtesy of the Menkiti Group

Back in May we wrote about an affordable senior housing building called The Girard Street Senior Residences, planned for an empty lot at the corner of 16th and Girard. We recently learned that the groundbreaking will be today and that  Mayor Muriel Bowser will be on hand to support the project. From the press release:

On June 30th, local developers Dantes Partners and The Menkiti Group, will break ground at the Girard Street Senior Apartments project in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser will participate in the ceremony and deliver opening remarks. The new building is a modern, 100% luxury affordable senior housing community, featuring 25 apartments that provide economic advantages to residents and contributes to the vibrant character of the neighborhood. The anticipated construction period is 12 months.

WHO:               Mayor Muriel Bowser, Polly Donaldson (Director, DHCD), Adrianne Todman (Director, DC Housing Authority), and others

WHAT:              Groundbreaking ceremony for the upcoming Girard Street Senior Apartments, a joint venture of local developers Dantes Partners and The Menkiti Group

WHERE:          1545 Girard St. NE, Washington DC 20018 (Brookland neighborhood); Event entrance on 16th St. NE side

WHEN:            11:00am ET, Tuesday, June 30, 2015

370 Unit Apartment Building Planned For Brookland

Looks like the stretch of commercially zoned land along the Metro tracks near Rhode Island Ave will be seeing a lot of development soon. As we wrote about December, the Channing Place development will bring two six-story condo buildings that will replace vacant warehouses along the tracks. Now we have learned through ANC 5B04 Commissioner Barrios that  a ten story apartment building with 370 units is planned for 9th and Evarts. Here are details from his newsletter and a Tweet:

Important June 8th Community Meeting, 901 Evarts/Reed Street development presentation: The June Single Member District meeting will have a presentation from Adams Investment Company, which plans to re-develop a large parcel of land at and near Evarts and Reed streets. The plan is for a 370 unit apartment building. The development plots are zoned as C-2-C and the project will be by matter-of-right (which means that construction will fit the definition of the zoning, no zoning change is needed, and therefore the developer has the right to build it without approval from the Zoning Commission, ANC, etc.). The developer’s representative will discuss the plans at the meeting. Please join us to find out more. Meeting is Monday June 8th, Noyes Education Campus auditorium, 2725 10th St NE (enter on Franklin St side), 7 PM.

June ANC 5B meeting: the next ANC meeting is Wednesday June 24th, 6:30 pm, location TBD. Please check or my web page for updated location information.