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Development Update: 12th Street Eyesore No More?

Rendering courtesy of Lock 7 Development

Long time readers know that we have been writing/griping about the eyesore building at 3018 12thStreet NE (between Hamlin and Irving) for about 4 years now. Back in August we wrote about how an “Emergency No Parking” sign appeared in front of the former barbershop and work looked be picking up. Later that month we learned that Lock 7 development purchased the property, and since then, work has been moving forward at a steady pace. Now we have a better idea of what it will look like. According to the project page, it will be 3 unit development, to be completed in Spring 2018. Hopefully all goes according to plan, and we will have one less vacant eyesore on 12th.  In any  case, we will let you know if we learn anything new.

11 Unit “Pop Up” Development, The Brookland, May Be Coming To 12th Street

The Brookland at 3614 12th Street NE., rendering courtesy of Lock 7 Development

You’ve seen them in other neighborhoods, and now Brookland too – “pop up” developments – that add a number of floors to a building and in the process dwarf their surrounding homes/buildings.  The practice has become so common, and extreme in some cases, that DC’s Zoning Commission issued new rules  a couple of years ago to bring some order to the situation.

So, we thought neighbors would be interested in knowing about The Brookland, an 11 unit residential development planned for 3614-16 12th Street (within the row houses along the western side of 12th Street between Newton and Otis).  Right now, the rowhouses are not residential, they are all current or former businesses. We spoke to a business owner within that row of buildings and all he would offer up is that the project is “slow going”.

The developer is Lock 7, which also built the sold out Brooks Row development at 12th and Franklin. Coincidentally, just after we drafted this post, the buildings hit the market for $2 Million, from the listing:

Prime Brookland development site for sale. Over 3000 SF of MU-4 zoned land. Two adjacent parcels have been combined and plans convey for an 11-unit condo building with three parking spaces.

So, who knows what will actually happen? According to the project page, the development will be a mixture of one, two and three bedroom units. While it may be aesthetically jarring, there is no doubt that DC needs more housing, particularly close to the Metro. Also, we need more density on or near 12th Street if we want a vibrant main street. So, what do you think? We will keep an eye on this development and let you know when we learn anything new.

Development Update: Brooks Row Condos By Lock 7 Development

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

It’s been a while since our last update on the condominium development project by Lock 7 Development, at 12th and Franklin Streets, NE. We recently learned that the project now has a name – Brooks Row. The 22 condos will be made up of 11 rowhouses with 2 units each. Some will have 2 bedrooms and some will have 3. You can see the floor plans here as well as additional information about the units. The project is scheduled to completed by winter 2016. We will let you know when we learn anything new.

Lock 7 Condo Development Moves Forward, Raze Permits Issued

Lock 7 Development site at 12th and Franklin NE
Lock 7 Development site at 12th and Franklin NE

We learned in October that local development company Lock 7 Development is planning to build a 16-20 unit condo project at the corner of 12th and Franklin Streets, NE. As a reminder, the development will build 1300 square foot units that will span two levels, townhouse-style. The condos may also have private decks and roofdecks. The developer submitted a raze permit in October to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) to remove the existing buildings on the property. This winter construction fence went up and many people have wondered when things would get underway. We recently did a search of DCRA permits and found that Lock 7 was issued their raze permit on February 28th. Because this development project is not requesting any zoning changes, it is a “matter of right” project that does not have to seek approval by the ANC or the community. By now demolition equipment is on site, so it shouldn’t be too much longer till construction is underway.

20-Unit Condo Project Coming To 12th And Franklin Street NE

We read on urbanturf.com that the local DC company Lock 7 Development is planning to build a 16-20 unit condo project at the corner of 12th and Franklin Streets, NE. Dave Gorman, representing Lock 7,  shared a few details about the design of the condo building:

Image courtesy of Google Maps
Image courtesy of Google Maps

Each unit will be 1300 square feet and will span two levels, townhouse-style. The developers are hoping to offer private decks and roofdecks when possible. They are considering a retail element or live/work spaces (which explains their interest in demand for such properties).

The project is the latest in a boom of activity in Brookland, and will be located across the street for Menomale, a pizza place that is growing in popularity.

If this project, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014, will be similar to past Lock 7 developments, interested future buyers can look forward to high-end contemporary construction. We are wondering if this development in particular will  ignite some interest in revitalizing some of the empty retail spaces on 12th Street. Once more details about the construction start, renderings, pricing, etc. become available, we will post it right here.