Park Place Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (Above Petworth Metro) Plus Some Details on Retail Revealed!

Mrs. Peron Williams right (whose husband was an ANC rep who strongly supported this development) and Muriel Bowser cutting the ribbon along with CM Graham, Mayor Fenty and Chris Donatelli

On Wednesday the new building, Park Place, above the Petworth metro was officially unveiled. It brought out quite the representation from the DC government. In addition to Mayor Fenty, Council members Bowser, Graham and Kwame Brown were in attendance.


Some highlights from the remarks. Mayor Fenty said the day signaled that “economic development on Georgia Avenue had finally arrived”. He continued, “the days when stagnation reigned on Georgia Avenue are over”. And he gave a lot of praise and recognition to the Donatelli (the developers) family for their vision. “Donatelli is not afraid to invest in neighborhoods that other people have written off”.

Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser said, “My breath was literally taken away when I stepped onto this roof”. She continued, “This is just the start for things to come on Georgia Ave”. She also noted that this project captured the best of green development as it clusters people above the metro with easy access to commute to work. Bowser also lauded the community for their involvement in supporting this project.  Before the community got involved this space was slated to become a municipal property.

Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham said, “Who would’ve thought that we would have this kind of building at Georgia and New Hampshire? The neighborhood knew that this building could be here, that’s who knew”. Graham also noted that the project had “the benefits of transit oriented development in the best sense”.

Sadly, I passed out a bit from the blaring sun when Council member Kwame Brown said a few words. But he basically echoed the previous comments. I revived a bit when Chris Donatelli took the mic and started mentioning the coming retail. (Some info I found out after the official remarks.) There will be a cafe/coffee spot, 2 sit down restaurants (one from Gillian Clark formerly of Colorado Kitchen and the other possibly a Thai/Sushi spot). He said the retail may resemble some of the spots on U Street (in the Ellington building) as some of those folks are considering opening up second or third spots in Petworth. There are also discussions to bring a wine store in most likelihood the folks behind D’vines. There will be 8 retail spots in total.


Given the current state of the economy, I think we are very lucky that this project was completed. The place looks pretty amazing. It really sinks in when you hear Mayor Fenty say, “I remember the day when new development hadn’t been built on Georgia Ave. in like 80 years”.

As promised after the jump you can find some photos from inside along with a pricing sheet.




The lobby:


Beautiful landscaping:


Amazing views:


And here are the prices, though you’re going to have to do some math (and I’m too tired to do math right now) because the prices do not reflect 2 months free rent. The two months free rent can be prorated over the year or you can just get two months free. I was told that after doing the math the least expensive units come to $1,600 per month (not including affordable housing rates).

1 bed, 1 bath $2,010-$3,100
1 bed, 1 bath with den $2,410-$2,760
2 bed, 1 bath $2,825
2 bed, 2 bath $2,825-$3,595
2 bed, 2 bath with den $3,295-$3,320
3 bed, 3 bath $3,530

Now remember you have to subtract two months rent from those prices. Additionally, 20% of the units are reserved for affordable housing. The maximum income to qualify for affordable housing is $61,000 per year. You’ll have to talk to the sales associates to see if you qualify for affordable housing as this was a ribbon cutting ceremony I wasn’t able to get all the details.

For more info you can email [email protected] or phone at 202-631-0270

And here is a press release from Mayor Fenty:

Mayor Fenty Holds Ribbon Cutting for $71M Development Project on Georgia Avenue

Mayor Joins Donatelli Development to Celebrate Opening of Park Place

WASHINGTON, DC – Mayor Adrian M. Fenty today joined Councilmembers Muriel Bowser (Ward 4), Jim Graham (Ward 1) and Kwame Brown (At-Large), community members, and representatives of Donatelli Development for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of Park Place, a new 200,000 square-foot housing and retail project atop the Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro Station.

“Park Place is yet another development milestone in the Petworth neighborhood that will stimulate economic growth and improve the quality of life for District residents,” said Mayor Fenty. “In Donatelli, we are fortunate to partner with a developer that shares my Administration’s commitment to bringing a new sense of vitality to the Georgia Avenue corridor.”

The largest mixed-used development project along the Georgia Avenue corridor, the $71 million Park Place includes 161 apartment units and 17,000 square feet of ground floor retail space located directly above the Georgia Avenue/Petworth Metro Station. Twenty percent of the residential units will be reserved at affordable rates, and residents will also benefit from 187 underground parking spaces. The landscaped rooftop has a sundeck and a bocce green lawn, with panoramic views of city attractions like the National Cathedral, the Washington Monument and the US Capitol.

The project also has many environmentally sustainable design, such as energy-efficient appliances and light fixtures, a built-in storm water management system, rooftop plant fixtures for rainwater containment, and white roof tiles that resist heat so the building uses less energy to cool its interior. The first floor of Park Place will offer a mix of national and local neighborhood-serving retail. More than half of the new jobs to be created by the development of Park Place will be filled by District residents. Park Place has already received awards in the real estate industry, such as the 2009 Economic Development Award from the Association of African American Real Estate Professionals (AAREP).

The project, which was awarded to Donatelli Development and Gragg & Assoc by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development through a competitive process in 2004, is a joint-venture with Canyon Capital Realty Advisors and Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Donatelli is also making its development mark across the street from Park Place at 3801 Georgia Ave, NW, which will offer 49 market-rate apartments. In addition, at 3813 and 3815 Georgia Ave, NW and 3825-3829 Georgia Ave, NW, Donatelli will be performing renovations and constructing restaurants and housing units. Donatelli intends to break ground with the District on these projects in the fall.

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  • expensive, but really nice to see more 3 bedroom units come online in the city. DC can only thrive once families can continue to live here after their first child. we need way more 3 bedroom apartments, and this is a great start!

  • that $61k probably is for a larger household and a larger unit, since that’s around 80% of AMI for a 2-person household. Interesting that the income-targeting seems to be at moderate-income rather than low/very low income….I’m sure there’s a financing reason for doing a greater number of affordable units with less of a discount and frankly I imagine it makes mixed-income housing more palatable for the market-rate renters (many of whom might not be be earning much more than the folks in the affordable units!).

  • Gorgeous. However, I truly hope Fenty remembers his words. Given the lack of funding for Raymond Recreation Center, abandoned structures around the area, and slow response to the crime and drug activity, he sometimes gives the impression he can be counted among those who have “written off” the neighborhood.

  • With all due respect, how long has this project been in development? Fenty shouldn’t be taking credit, he should be giving Mayor Williams a big fat kiss for having the vision to get this started and then fade out of sight. There’s not much left on the coattails though, so Fenty’s going to have to come up with something all on his own.

  • Wow – those retail spots sound great! I hope they come together. Just maybe, if there’s enough interesting retail going in, the prices of the apartments will justify themselves.

  • Prince Of Petworth

    For the record, Fenty and others gave Anthony Williams tons of credit in their comments.

  • Is there a way to find other low-income housing options in DC? Particularly situations like this where it is mixed-income?

  • I agree with Nita. I am so pleased to see this project come to fruition and it’ll be a great asset to the neighborhood, one hopes.

    But it’s hard for me to be over the moon about new stuff when a few blocks away, behind my home, there’s an abandoned building with a giant gaping hole in it that has been that way for a solid year, and now has become a new stopping point for prostititutes and drug addicts. (And yes, the city knows about it.)

    If that abandoned building were near Park Place, would it have been allowed to sit so long? I have to wonder. I love new stuff, but there has to be attention paid to “old” stuff, too.

  • OMG, those prices are crazy. I remember living 3 blocks from here on Otis and sharing a one bedroom apartment in a coverted duplex. The price was $600 per month and that included all utilities and cable. This is arse rape of the third degree.

  • I think these are more expensive then Highland Park, because they are doing similar promotions. Not to knock it (or to be debbie downer), but how are all these units going to get filled? With this, the huge building that is set to open on 14th accross from Solea, Allegro and a few of the other condo buildings turned apartment buildings that have opened recently, hasn’t the neighborhood maxed out?

  • Oh, and now Petworth is becoming Tenleytown. In yo’face you stanky bike riding hipsters!

  • OMG Thai/Sushi and D’vines please. Can not wait for this to fill up.

  • i’ve watched this place go up for the past half year i’ve been in this area, and it just makes me really proud of the workers who put their hearts and backs into their labor. there are lots of wonderful family men and women building beautiful stuff in this city, and they deserve the highest praise. also, mr. prince of petworth, maybe mayor fenty et al gave praise to former major anthony williams for getting this started, but PoP didn’t. not at first, anyway. how soon we forget.

  • I tip my hat to the former Mayor and Councilmembers to making sure this happened on GA AV. It does not get any better. Enjoy having the new digs in the neighborhood and reaping the benefits of economic development in the City.

  • Yeah, congratulations are due to all those wonderful politicians.

    What planet are you guys on? This got built — like everything east of the park and north of Florida does — because a developer saw a piece of dirt-cheap land, thought there was some money to be made, and spent a lot of effort (and money) getting development rights from the District. This isn’t some do-good, philanthropic effort on the part of anyone. It’s just real estate.

  • Uh, wasn’t this a WMATA owned property, not the city?

  • saf

    “I remember the day when new development hadn’t been built on Georgia Ave. in like 80 years”.

    I think perhaps Mr Mayor, that you do exaggerate. 80 years?

  • Prince Of Petworth

    Yes it was WMATA owned property.

  • $61,000 is a 4-person household maximum income for the affordable units.

    $43,140 for one-person.
    $49,320 for two-person.
    $55,440 for three-person.

    That is for units restricted at 60% of the area median income.

  • I was at the opening as well – the roof top deck is really really cool and the apartments are shiny and new as you’d expect. But I’m just laughing at the pricing -bless their hearts if they can get those prices , but I wouldn’t pay it, and I was all set to sign a lease the moment they opened. I went into one 2 bedroom 2 bath on the 3rd floor – $2800, relatively small, and looks right out onto the bus stop at the Georgia Ave metro stop … whoosh! I don’t know what they were thinking – price them low, get good people in and raise the rents over time as things get better. Instead I think they’ll get a lot of people who will move in for one year then move out – I can’t see anyone paying 2 grand a month for one of these apartments.

  • forgot to mention – thanks Bozzutto for the free beer!

  • It’s quite amusing to hear Fenty talking about economic development on Georgia Avenue finally arriving, considering his little buddy Sinclair Skinner’s attempts at keeping new development out.

    And it’s a gorgeous building, but those prices have to be a joke. In a lot of cases, the mortgages for those units, had they ended up as condos as they were originally intended, would be less than what they’re asking for rent. It’s going to be mostly empty, save for a handful of people who move here hastily from a more expensive city like New York and fail to do much research on the neighborhood or what other places are renting for.

  • What no bar? that is sad.

  • I wouldn’t say they are ridiculously high, just a bit high.

    With two months free you are looking at about 2300/month for a 2 bed/2bath. Find another luxury unit that is metro accessible with those prices…

  • @CP “What planet are you guys on? This got built — like everything east of the park and north of Florida does — because a developer saw a piece of dirt-cheap land, thought there was some money to be made, and spent a lot of effort (and money) getting development rights from the District. This isn’t some do-good, philanthropic effort on the part of anyone. It’s just real estate.”

    CP, they were going to build a new branch of the DMV here, the freaking DMV!! It was because the community was up in arms about it that the new development came in. Of course a developer had to build it, but there was an awful lot of community involvement and planning, especially the need for more housing and retail by the metro.

    Re: affordable housing, all of the new buildings that will go up on Georgia have some income-restricted units — none are public housing, but lots are affordable. The new building that will have Yes Organic Market is 100% affordable units (household income range something like $35K to $65K to live there).

    And all that affordable housing is also not because some developer saw some cheap-ass land…this was also at the demand of the neighborhood and city officials.

  • I was trying to make a in between those 2 words, but it didn’t go through…

  • Formstone, what are you going on about? No one wanted to be around the creeps who wrecked GA Ave when it was $600 per month but people will pay thousands to live amongst the nice people with the dogs and the dog parks. Now they have a completely brand new building without one single rat. Why is this hard to understand that people will pay a premium for that?

  • The 20% that is affordable housing will go quickly, but the rest? No chance. For those prices you could rent pretty much anywhere in the city, i.e. in a non-slum/hellhole neighborhood.

  • anon 8:53, not sure where you can get a list of new buildings with affordable units (maybe the mayor’s office or DCRA? The DC housing finance agency? I really have no clue),. In terms of owned housing, cityvista did and Capitol Quarter has some “workforce housing” and I think their project ultimately includes some mixed-income rental too.

    On the rental side, I think the capitol yards project had some affordable units.

    Most places really don’t advertise that they have below-market-rate rentals, as I found out when I was apartment-hunting (my income’s just below 50% of AMI). You really need to call the rental offices or stop in with proof of your income and see if anything’s opened up…googling Fenty’s press releases also turned up a few places. In the end, I found a place in a condo complex which was a pretty great deal compared to the other units being rented out there, and consider it an unofficial below-market apartment!

  • For the record, our neighborhood is not a “slum/hellhole.” It is a community of wonderful people looking out for each other and working together to make it an even better place to live.

  • it strikes me that people also made a lot of comments about why would anyone pay so much to live in Columbia Heights when it’s so dangerous and there’s no restaurants, etc. That is what’s great about the Donatelli buildings: they give you both a nice place to live and a reason to want to live there – all the restaurants and other retail that make it a great neighborhood. For those without vision – I guess there’s a good reason you’re not developers!

  • Quincy St Neighbor

    Wow a 2 bed/2bath w/ den sounds ideal to me… building looks great! and i’m proud to have it in the neighborhood. As a member of the community who participated in the vetting process I will affirm that this project rose from the grassroots!

    Ya know I too miss paying $600/month for a 1 BR but that was like 8 YEARS AGO! At that time I also bit the bullet and started forking TWICE as much (*gasp*) each month for the mortgage on my Petworth rowhouse and I thought that was too much… it sure put me in a major pinch the first couple of years, but now I’m glad I did.

    The rental rates don’t seem outlandishly high compared to the market rates of other new luxury rentals in this town. So it’s a bit higher than Highland Place… that’s because PETWORTH’S BETTER!!!!!!!

    Being right above the metro, with a greater selection of public transport options, and away from the nightmarish crime and violence we hear almost daily over by DC USA makes the slightly higher premium a worthwhile price. AWESOME VIEWS!!!!

  • Does anyone know when the retail venues will open? Also any updates on the CVS that is supposed to be built just south of there?

  • This building is a great addition to the area, an exclamation point on all the community improvements happening here. A nice condo or DIY whole house in Petworth will run you about the same price. This will be a good rental home base for people who can afford it and are thinking about moving here, check things out, and buy nearby if they choose. How about place to grab some breakfast before hopping on metro? Would love it if a pan-asian place that delivers moved into the building. Do you hear me, Tono Sushi and Nam Viet? We need you! P.S. Someone please open a cool bar/restaurant with beers that are less than $7 🙂

  • oh man, i can’t wait for a sushi or thai option in the neighborhood. and it will be good to have a wine/beer store but i kind of wish it was gonna be operated by someone other than the d’vines people, which doesn’t make me too hopeful for the price and selection. If it is similar to the CH store, I’ll stick to driving to the other side of the park for my specialty beer, wine and liquor shopping.

    the rent with the 2 months free is probably close to market rate, but how many people don’t want the option of staying in an apartment past a year? I love the neighborhood, but under no circumstances is paying 2 grand a month for 1 bedroom worth it. This affords so many other neighborhoods in the city.

  • I think the people complaining about the rental rates are the same ones that complain that paying $8 for a main dish at Social or $19 for a Pete’s Apizza delivery is exorbitant.

    There are so many PoP commentators with theirs sphincters screwed up tight. I grew up in a very frugal midwestern household but seriously people–these are higher-than-average prices, but then, the units are nicer than average. If you don’t want to pay it, fine, then don’t. If you want to spend less, don’t worry there are plenty of cheaper units available in the area.

    But you aren’t going to get the neighborhood improvements that come with more upper-income residents, nicer businesses, and more pedestrian traffic, unless you have nicer homes and charge accordingly for them.

  • anon 2:26pm: It’s a chicken-or-egg type of situation. Sure, you want residents with the sort of income level that will support businesses beyond take-outs and bars, but on the other hand, how many of the people who can afford that sort of rent are going to want to live there, when they can get something just as nice in a neighborhood that already has lots of nice amenities (and Metro) just steps away?

  • Progress is coming to DC but at what price. The people who have been apart of this city for years are being moved out for new people to come in. It may or may not be racial but it is class restructuring of the communities . The City Government is now about money and not the people.

  • @ Anonmous 2:59

    Actually the chicken-and-egg mystery was solved. Given, that (a) one’s DNA doesn’t change from conception to death and that (b) DNA is what defines the “chicken”, we can conclude that the chicken never changes. Therefore, any change or mutation had to occur between parent and offspring.

    That is, the egg came first.

  • Ron–you just described the evolution of cities since the beginning of time. This is nothing new, and it is nothing unique to DC.

    Are there really that many commentators on PoP that have never lived anywhere else? Because there seem to be a lot of people who think DC’s problems exist only here. Yesterday someone was convinced that the mechanical arms at DC USA were something unique that were created and installed only for that one location, not a device used around the world.

    Today, it is the idea that the cycle of urban renewal, stagnation, and decay are both new and invented in DC–and that somehow the government thought it up.


  • It’s because commenters on this site love to complain about everything. Love POP, but the commenters? No comment. haha

  • I think it would be great if the retail included a dry cleaners. Boring, yes, but useful!

    Agree with everyone about the rents.

  • Ron – As I stroll along Georgia Ave, the last thing I find myself thinking is how people “are being moved out for new people to come in”. One new building does not gentrified make.

  • I didn’t know the DMV part. Honestly, we’d all be better served with a DMV branch there than high end condos and a couple places to eat.

  • David: My house is a little slummy – but not too hell-holey.

  • David: you said it!!

    rents in all parts of DC are outrageous–they’ve gone up since i sold my condo last november, and they were high then. all the landlords want to charge georgetown prices for places without georgetown’s cachet. there’s apparently a limit, though, even in georgetown. just walked past that development near georgetown u that’s been stalled. prices per unit on the signs out front say something like $4.5 million to $5.5 million. guess again.

  • RD says – “and it will be good to have a wine/beer store but i kind of wish it was gonna be operated by someone other than the d’vines people, which doesn’t make me too hopeful for the price and selection.”

    WTF are you talking about? D’vines has a good selection of wines every day at 2 for $20.00 (That’s $10 a bottle, in case you can’t do the math.) Yes, you can get cheaper -in a box at Target – but you would have to endure the “nightmarish crime and violence we hear almost daily over by DC USA.”

    You people are making me nostalgic for the days of Mad Dog in the dirt lot (that used to be Highland Park.)

  • Very expensive. You can get same quality place in Ballston/Clarendon/Courthouse area. The diffrence is that you won’t be living in a total hood with virtually no restaurants, no bars, and no safety.

    Right behind this complex on 9th St, you can look out your window into the back yards of rowhouses and see hoodlooms smoking pot, drinking, and doing whatever hoodlooms do in the middle of the night.

  • victoriam, i can assure you i can do math. there is a better selection of wine right over at Giant, many at your $10 price point. the beer selection is good, but there are a lot better deals at other stores in DC with a similar wide range to select from. it’s a plus to have the store in the neighborhood, don’t get me wrong, but if you think d’vines is the best place to shop for alcohol in the district, you don’t get out much.

  • I had the opportunity to go visit this new community yesterday evening and I am sad to say that it was a very negative experience. My friend and I took part of the day off to do some apartment searching and we decided to stop in at Park Place to see what they had to offer. We were hardly greeted, told to sit down and then ignored for about ten minutes. Due to our limited time we decided to go and simply ask for information on the commmunity and pricing. It was clear that the agent was NOT interested in renting to us. She hardly spoke and when she did it rather snippy. She stated that she was busy, which was fine but it would have been nice had she explained that to us when we arrived, possibly given us a brochure to look over as we waited or possible she couldhave suggested that we return at another time. Rather than doing any of this she just spoke to us like we were randoms who simply wandered in off the street. Both my friend and I are rather young looking late twenty/early thirty African American women and we were dressed rather casually due to the extreme heat. Possibly she took a look at us decided we were not worth her time and therefore treated us as such. My friend and I both are attorneys and were genuinely interestd in finding out more information on the property and were very dissappointed to be treated so poorly.

  • To give some perspective on the pricing/neighborhood history, let’s go back a bit in time. OK, let’s go 20 years back in time, when yours truly first moved to DC.

    It was the height of the crack/crime epidemic and my roommate and I were new to city living. We ended up renting a 2-bedroom/1-bath condo conversion at 14th and Rhode Island Ave NW that had 900 sq. feet, virtually no storage, but very high-end otherwise (W/D in apt., exposed brick, latest appliances, all new). We paid $950 per month, and this was in 1989. In those days Whole Foods did not exist, and the new condos on P St were the Columbia Lighthouse for the blind. There were virtually no bars, the available grocery stores were the Soviet Safeway at 17th and Corcoran, the Giant at 8th and P or a really disgusting local grocer on P St between 15th and 14th. We heard gunshots nightly and I was robbed at gunpoint in front of what is now Logan Hardware.

    Now it seems to me that the Metro neighborhood is better than Logan Circle was in 1989 (I wouldn’t even walk across Logan Circle itself because of the sketchy characters hanging out, and there were prostitutes selling their wares in front of my apt building), and the building seems nicer – it’s closer to public transport, will have restaurants, is one block from an OK grocery store (although Safeway so needs to upgrade that place). Is it worth 3X as much? Not sure.

  • Marcia, do not let one person stop you from doing what you want to do, which is find out more info about the place. You can request to talk to another person noteing that she was not helpful. That will get her attention.

    I live in CH and wish nothing but good things for Petworth, but some of you truely beleive bringing down CH validateds Petworth is just in-sane. Come on, let’s be real here. CH is a bit ahead of Petworth interms of development. There has been some violence, but don’t believe you are shelded from any of it, perhaps we just don’t hear about them as much as we do about CH.

  • Too bad Marcia, was the lady black or white? Just curious. I would say that if they treated you that way as a prospective customer, avoid them at all costs. You do not want that attitude in your landlord.

  • For “mmm” that was able to get the details on the income-based housing, where did you get that? I called the Park Place office and the agents claim there aren’t any income-based rentals, only that the tennants make twice as much as the rent per month.

  • There is crime all around that development. Let’s face it- DC MPD is not enforcing well in the area. I’d be surprised if the building gets filled up, what with drug dealers literally around the corner!!

  • if they put in a starbucks or a caribou coffee i am going to kill some one. give qualia a chance!

  • The building wasn’t filling. At least not initially. Some of you may recall recent news that the developer said their expectations of interest did not come true, and they were not getting anywhere near the offers they’d expected. So they switched from condo sales to rentals.

    They asked for and Councilman Graham was then discussing a $10M bailout.

    The priceline is not justified. Equally posh living by Silver Spring metro for $500-600 less per month. Poorly thought out business plan. A shame, i usually like Donatelli’s architecture.

  • Marcia i would definately ask for the contact info of the general manager and write a letter of complain describing your experience. That is just ridiculous.

    I live 3 blocks from Park Place so i obviously want development efforts in our neighborhoo to succeed. Yes ideally i would want smaller independent stores and restaurants to set shop in the area. However if most interest is coming from other less desirable stores like generic CVS i still prefer that to an empty lot, a run down building or an empty retail space.

    The place is very nice, the prices are a bit on the higher end given that our neighborhood still has many problems. I imagine that if they do not get enough renters at those prices they are going to have to revise them?

  • Those prices are ridiculous – you could live in an actual nice neighborhood like Cleveland Park or Dupont for less and have an apartment that was just as nice.

  • This story needs an update! I don’t really understand Sala Thai moving there after living here for 11 years, it seems a bit overboard based on the lack of other large condo buildings in the area. We need some new startups, cafes, and a print shop. Is there any word on the coffee shop? The CVS is way too big, I’ll have to kiss my on street parking goodbye, but hopefully it will push the horrible tiny corner stores out of business with their high prices short-change tactics.

    Will the Coffee shop be just another Starbucks? Or something else cooler? We really need some good retail shops there Hopefully a nicely done Dunkin Donuts, they have the best coffee.

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