We have been following the potential development of a hotel/conference center at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Irving Street NE for a few years now. We recently learned from this article in Bisnow that the development could finally be moving forward in the next 12 to 14 months. The first phase would deliver a Residence Inn/Courtyard Marriott 260-room hotel with 5,000 square feet of meeting space and a restaurant. Approvals for the conference center have expired and appear to be scrapped.
The second phase of the development would be a 600,000 square foot mixed use project with ground-floor retail topped by residential units. Additionally, there may be additional phases with residential, hotel or office space.
Interestingly, according to the Bisnow article:
Instead of going forward with the PUD plan, the team decided to file a map amendment to rezone the property to MU-5-B, which allows for commercial and multifamily uses and building heights up to 75 feet. The team then plans to build by-right under that new zoning, avoiding the PUD process all together. McAdam said it chose to do this in part to avoid the appeals that have delayed more than a dozen approved PUDs throughought the District, but the primary reason was to allow more flexibility for the project’s future phases.
This is similar to the 13 acre development next to the Rhode Island Metro that decided to change plans and go with by-right zoning, as we posted back in June. As always, we will keep an eye on things and let you know when we learn anything new.
Back in August we wrote about a Zoning Commission hearing for a proposed hotel/conference center at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Irving Street NE. We recently learned that that the Zoning Commission approved changes to the project, which was initially approved several years ago. As part of the latest approval, the Zoning Commission made the following requirements of the developer:
the re-design/overhaul of the Michigan Ave and Irving Street NE intersection
the re-design/overhaul of the North Capitol Street and Irving Street NE intersection
complete a Comprehensive Traffic Review
provide ANC 5A or SMD 5A05 with meeting room space
reduced rates for reasonable use of the hotel and conference center by residents of ANC 5A
You can download the Zoning Notice here. Our understanding is that the next step is for the development team to file building permit applications by July 31, 2016. The 5 acre property will be developed in phases. The first phase will include a nine story hotel with 168 Residence Inn rooms and 168 Courtyard by Marriott rooms with a ground-floor restaurant, and a three-story conference center. A later phase will include 2 more nine-story buildings (either hotel or residential) and additional conference center space. We will let you know when we hear anything new.
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.
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