Nehemiah Development Rendering


Yesterday a reader asked in the before and after photos of 14th Street what was happening with the old Nehemiah Shopping Center land (on west side of 14th Street north of Florida Ave and the Solea). Well, above is a rendering I was able to get from Level 2 Development. The information given was that construction is expected to begin in Fall 2010. It is now owned by the firm UDR. There will be 240,000 square feet of which 16,000 will be retail and the rest will be 225 apartments. I will update info on the project as more details emerge.

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  • the best thing the city could do to keep neighborhoods vibrant and architecturally diverse? allow developers no more than 1/3 of a block at any given time.

  • What a hilariously boring looking building. Hopefully this is just a preliminary sketch some intern put together and will be significantly refined over time.

  • refreshing to see such bold architecture leap off the page

  • Gosh, I hope this place has a Starbucks! That’ll be sure to stop the killings further down 14th!

  • Now Florida Ave. becomes K Street.
    Yuck. Ugly in its own context, no bow whatsoever to any historical context. Much like a lot of other devlopments. Doomed to repeat.

  • I like it.

  • ETA that will be going up on 14th not Florida but my comments stand.

  • zzzzzZZZzzzzzz. really. what schweeney said. K street. boring.
    opportunities lost.

  • Boring glass crap made with cheap materials. It will look like a ghetto dwelling in ten years like most of the new buildings going up today.

  • The renderings look no better or worse than anything that is built these days. But it is certainly better than anything built in the 70s. I do wish they would forgo the ‘contemporary’ look and instead look to the past for some inspiration. Anyone have a good example of a large DC retail/condo development that would be preferable to this?

  • Looks like the twenties will be the new seventies.

  • While I’m not a fan of this particular design, I don’t think the solution is to put up a bunch of faux-Victorian crap. I’ve never seen a modern building trying to “look old” really fit into the architectural fabric of the city. I’d much rather see innovative modern design that pushes the envelope, and have that exist side=by-side our wonderful (preserved) historic brick buildings from the last century. This of course doesn’t qualify, unfortunately.

  • In fifty years this building will have been sold at least once, torn down and rebuilt. It’s always easier to complain about what someone else is doing, rather than doing anything yourself…

  • Bring back the strip mall, it was architecturally stunning! Seriously, not even the nostalgia-prone city paper could make anyone miss it:

    “government cheese” indeed.

  • Whatever the architectural style, they better be sure to work with WMATA and improve 14th street bus service. With all these apartments going up, overcrowding could turn into a nightmare.

  • There must be architects who are designing cool modern non-ugly buildings – at least in their dreams. I understand the economic realities of building boring, but it would be great to at least be able to see alternatives. Are there any good websites?

  • quebecois,
    heres one example:
    heres a local one:
    victorian isnt the only historical option.

    besides, with a blank slate on an entire empty block, it can be anything. its not like its visually competing with any good architecture thats close by.
    its doesnt need to have any historical reference at all.
    but it should be good, no?

  • first commenter,

  • Jeez people. Lighten up. If your standards are so high there’s nothing stopping you from building the Taj Mahal. I’m quite happy with this design. It ain’t the Dakota but for my entire life, that spot has been a vacant lot and then the Nehemiah Center. North of downtown much of 14th St. was block after block of vacant lots left from the riots until very recently. Crowds of heroin addicts used to clog the corner of Florida and 14th St. Fourteenth street was the butt of jokes as in “I saw your mama on 14th street.” I know your response. “But it doesn’t have to be so ugly. With the same money, you could make it hella-lovely.” Well, whatever. I’d like to see you try.

  • At this point anything is better than the empty lot. I don’t know how many people out there realise how lucky we are: In this economy, whole swaths of the country are in an economic deep freeze. Having a project that is still willing to move forward and replace the empty lot is a positive thing – even if they use a cookie-cutter design…

  • It’s not that bad. I just don’t know how they think they can fill all that ground floor retail. Would be better to have apartments that open to private courtyards like the Whitman building near the convention center.

  • Any chance of a grocery store being the retail tenant on the ground floor? the neighborhood could definitely use something close by other than super expensive YES Organic……maybe a Trader Joes?

  • Given that this is vacant space, development will of course improve the neighborhood. That being said – this building is a thoroughly banal example of everything that is wrong with architecture today. Many have noted how “boring” this building looks. I agree in concept, but my greater criticism is not that it is merely bland, but the design has NOTHING to do with this neighborhood. The architect has not responded to any of the existing context with this design as this building could be placed anywhere. Just one more embarrassment for our profession and our city. . .

  • I second the comment about the 14th St bus service! It’d probably be good to bring up the frequency to be close to on par with the 16th st buses, and ideally there’d be a dedicated lane…

  • First Commenter,

    Agreed and raising the height restriction in DC would incentivize developers to spend more $ on design.

  • Doesn’t it feel that some people just WANT dc to be mediocre?
    Heaven forbid someone suggest better design or customer service.

  • @ Markitect: Amen. Teach it like you preach it!

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