Old Post Office Demolished on 14th Street between Wallach and T Street, NW – Level2 Development’s “1919 14th Street” Project Coming Soon

Former Post Office on 14th St, NW between Wallach and T Street in Logan Circle/U Street

The former T Street Post Office recently reopened in the Reeves Center at 14th and U Street, NW. Now the entire building is gone. Thanks to all who sent word. This will become a new building from Level2 Development at 1919 14th St, NW:

A mixed-use apartment community featuring seven stories with 144 studio and one-bedroom rental apartments, 1919 14th Street will offer chic, efficient floorplans with 9′ ceilings and floor to ceiling glass, and beautifully appointed interiors. Located in the bustling U Street neighborhood of downtown Washington, DC, the apartments offer efficient living and an urban lifestyle with the hottest restaurants, bars, boutique shops and public transportation just steps away. The project’s design combines a modern glass structure with elements of a brick warehouse to complement the architecture of the U Street Historic District. Level 2 is developing 1919 14th Street in partnership with Keener Squire Properties.

Rendering via Level2 development

Updates as construction progresses. In the meantime check out the demo:

Also the future Matchbox next door at 14th and T Street, NW is making nice progress:

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  • Rosslynfication continues!

  • Rosslyn? You’re being too kind. Ballston is more like it. The Level 2 project is basically a warehouse.

    • Craig? Doug? You need a new line.

    • Out of curiosity, what type of development would you have liked to have seen here that wouldn’t be considered NOVA-esque?

      • How about more unique, elegant, luxury condos that are not simply trying to squeeze as many units possible in a box. How about fewer units. How about taking into account the increasing traffic and parking mess that will develop on 14th. How about not having more and more restaurant chains moving into the area.

        • Maybe not everyone can afford larger units. Furthermore, people have to live somewhere. From an environmental perspective, much better that they do so in a city than contribute to suburban sprawl. More people living in cities makes getting rid of a car a viable option for more people.

          Washington is a great city. I wish more people were interested in sharing the experience rather than putting up obstacles and complaining about development.

        • Too late now! The plan has already been approved!

        • Doug Johnson, Craig Brownstein, get over yourselves. You’ve lost, the building is being built, move on with your lives.

          If your delusions of “Ballston-ification” and “chain restaurants” are that painful to you, consider psychological help or moving to Anacostia. You won’t have to worry about either when you go east of the river.

        • “How about” you move to Glen Burnie!

        • You remind me of the guy that want a free lunch but doesn’t understand THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH. Don’t understand? Google it.

          The apartment developer probably started with twice as many doors and was skinned back 5 times by the neighborhood morons, like you. If you don’t like the rules then elect a city council that will stop development all together. Then this city can go back to the crack haven ghetto that u so desperately miss.

    • i love warehouses!

  • my god. The amount of construction on those couple of blocks is completely out of control. The neighborhood will be unrecognizable in a year

    • At least this is a good unrecognizable. The riots made that area unrecognizable too…it only took decades to make it unrecognizable again!

      • Did the 1968 riots touch 14th south of U street? I’ve always heard it was U street NW, H street NE and 14th in columbia heights. I’m sure some destruction spilled over but I’ve never heard that 14th south of U was bombed out or anything.

        • yes. lots of 14th street buildings south of u were burned down/out.

        • Yes, the tanks to control the riots came up 14th Street, it was part of the epicenter.

        • Yes, the riots in Columbia Heights actually started at the Peoples’ Drug Store (a precurser to CVS) that was located where the Reeves Center is now. The destruction went up 14th Street to Park Road and down U Street to about 7th and included shops down 7th towards downtown.

  • That’s great! I didn’t like that Post Office anyway.

  • The Wallach Place NIMBYs are not happy about this and any other development in our neighborhood and are absolutely intent on doing something about it. First they formed the “Shaw Dupont Citizens Alliance” bacause they viewed the U Street Neighborhood Association as too pro-development, and now one of their own — Dan Wittles, who sits on the Board of Directors of the SDCA and lives on Wallach — has thrown his hat into the ring to replace Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling as the local ANC rep. The SDCA is a single issue fringe group (if it’s something new, we don’t want it!) whose agenda we cannot allow to be advanced by electing one of their board members to the ANC. Keep an eye on this group, and don’t forget to vote!

  • That PO was a hideous waste of space…anything would have been better, both architecturally or practically.

  • Great news – hopefully when it snows this building will shovel the walk unlike the post office.
    Hope the rent is sky high.

  • Where do the developers think they are going to find people to rent/buy all these new glass boxes? I worry that this neighborhood will be a vast wasteland of empty glass boxes in the next 5 years.

    • I wonder/worry about that too. Between T and Clifton there will be thousands of new units. who will rent them, how will the neighborhood absorb all of it, services etc.

      • Rents will stabilize and maybe even go down. Not a bad thing. The real issue is where will everyone go to eat and drink? If the SDCA has its way and pushes through a moratorium, there will be no more bars and restaurants in the neighborhood. It’s hard enough finding a place to sit as it is!

        • Rent in this area will never ever go down.

          And these are the same folks that brought us View14 (which cut a lot of corners towards the end of construction).

          Let’s hope they can at least justify the soon to be outrageous prices here.

          And yes, within 12 months there will be 6 giant apartment/condo buildings opening up within 5 blocks of 14th and U. Over 1,000 units.

          And you thought parking around U street was tough before?

          • “Rent in this area will never ever go down.”

            The law of supply and demand suggests that rents will moderate, or at the very least will increase by less than would otherwise be the case.

            “And you thought parking around U street was tough before?”

            There’s a solution for that: start charging market prices for parking. You’ll see availability increase big time. And no, you don’t have a right to free parking, or artificially cheap parking, in public spaces.

            Making cities car-friendly does not strike me as a real priority.

      • My understanding is that tastes are changing and that many people are not craving a life in the burbs. Even the issue of crappy schools is being addressed, since (according to the Post) nearly 50% of all of DC’s public school students are in charter schools. The tricky issue is going to be turning so many 1 bedrooms into multi-bedroom residences sought out by families. In sum, the answer to your question is that the new residents are going to come from burbs that are losing their desirability. Also, keep in mind general population growth. I’m sure there was a time when people thought our vast highways would never be filled with cars.

        • Bloomingdude hit on a critical issue — creating housing for families. At some point most of these people will need more than a studio or one-bedroom apt. But, otoh, I guess there’s a lot of family-sized housing stock out there, just not in this neighborhood.

          • bfinpetworth

            That’s what Petworth is for – all the youngsters needing bigger space for growing families. The number of young couples walking around with their baby strollers is astounding this summer! It’s the Petworth baby boom!

        • The charter schools are only a few percentage points above DCPS in the DC-CAS scores, despite not having to accept students within their neighborhood boundary before accepting any non-boundary students can get in, unlike DCPS. Just having 50% of the students in DC in charter schools is meaningless if the charter school students barely test better than the DCPS students.

    • are you kidding? there’s going to be a Trader Joe’s around the corner!

    • build it and they will come.

    • Oh how I look forward to the day when the biggest problem in the DC housing market is too many empty units rather than scarcity and ever increasing rents/prices.

      Unless you have inside info that all of these new condos and apartments are struggling to attract tenants/buyers, this strikes me as a non-issue.

    • Seriously? This is DC – the capital of America. There are no shortage of rich, powerful people here (or rich, powerful people’s spawns). They will have no problem whatsoever filling these buildings. 1%-ers

  • anyone know when matchbox is opening? can’t wait…

    • From the looks of it (I walk by every day) a couple of months

      • That MAtchbox is the slowest construction project ever. I also walk by every day and am astonished by how slow they are

        • From what I remember the construction was planned to last one year. I think construction did not begin until late last year. So, hopefully we will be able to get the spicy meatball pizza soon!

  • I love how the rendering includes that boarded up building on the other side of T. Talk about a place deserving of a Horse’s Ass Award!

    • I was noticing that as well. That building needs a major facelift.

    • Second that nomination! Maybe somebody will buy it and the vacant lot/used car sales place next door and do something useful with the space. Would be a good spot for more retail for all the new residents.

      • I wish someone would takeover that shoe/clothing store next door to the burger joint that recently opened.

    • I like the boarded up building across the street! Never change anything! Where will people park!!!!!

      • YEAH!!! I love the graffiti and the used crack bags littering that corner around the borded up building. That’s the kind of LOCAL CULTURE we need to preserve! SCREW these CHAIN RESTAURANTS!

        And that wino curled up in the doorway? He’s a long time resident!!! Where’s he supposed to go? Huh? HUH?!?!?!?

  • Holy Crap that was fast!

  • What a bold architectural choice!

  • What is wrong with the developers? Why do they insist on always over building? 14th St. has far too many apartments going up now. Despite DC growth and people moving in from suburbs, this is too much, too fast. Were no lessons learned from the prior decade? I hope I am wrong, but do have concerns.

  • I don’t think you have to worry about this being empty. Rental demand in desirable DC neighborhoods has never been higher. If you’re looking at a city or area wide level, there may be some oversupply beginning mid 2013, but elite locations and Class A buildings like this will lease up quickly and at very high prices (barring any major economic collapse). Remember the 3 L’s of real estate. Now if you’re talking about a similar project in Ashburn, Gaithersburg, or Hyattsville… be afraid…

  • It will be interesting to see how all this construction all shakes out.

    Over the long run, all these projects make sense and are really just a drop in the bucket relative to the size of the MSA.

    DC has a shockingly underdeveloped urban core from a residential perspective. Largely a legacy of the 60s-90s, when the city basically gave up on the idea of being a place to live and focused on building downtown office space instead. As a result, the city has one of the largest daytime vs. night time population swings in the country. Now we have this weird imbalance where we have a downtown employment center that’s nearly as big as Chicago, but with nowhere near the core population. I’m guessing Chicago has over a million people living in a comparable sized area to DC.

    All that being said these changes take time and bubbles usually form when people fail to align long term fundamentals with short term realities.

    Worst case scenario, we have a mild apartment bubble for 2-3 years where landlords have to discount their properties and some owners lose money in the short run. Over the long run, these developments are a huge win for perspective tenants, the city as a whole and if they hold onto them long enough the developers as well.

  • Love it, love it, love it! Good bye dumpy old strip mall, hello big addition to DC tax base!

    For the NIMBYs complaining here, get a grip. This building is replacing an underutilized post office and ghetto retail (cheap furniture, carpeting, and a bullet-proof-glass take-out joint). It may not meet everybody’s subjective aesthetic preferences, but it’s a huge improvement. My complaint is that the lowered height on the north side that was demanded by the Wallach Place cabal now makes the building look lopsided and incomplete.

    As far as parking, there will be 34 spaces provided at the building. Not everybody living there will have or need a car. And on-street parking is a first-come-first-served amenity, not an inalienable right.

  • I miss Yums!

  • It’s amazing how many commenters on here have such a poor understanding of basic supply and demand principles. The past few years clearly indicate that the apartment market in DC’s most desirable neighborhoods is greatly underserved. Considering that 14th Street provides one of the most desirable urban lifestyles the city has to offer, I don’t doubt for a second that the neighborhood can support all the new development.

  • There are also 14 restaurants on the boards on 14th St. Hopefully that will help feed the masses! Personally I can’t wait! I love it!

      • If Doug, Craig, and the SDCA get their way, it’ll be the LAST 14 restaurants.

        • Who are these Doug and Craig people? They sound awful.

          • Doug and Craig are residents of Wallach Place who, along with their cronies, have formed the “Shaw DuPont Citizens Alliance” to force the adoption of a liquor license moratorium on virtually all of the U Street Corridor. Here is a link the the organizations website. http://shawdupont.org/. They also started a blog called “U Street Dirt,” where they complain about development. I’d laugh them off except they’re seriously committed to undoing years of progress in our neighborhood. Ignore cooky neighborhood activists at your peril . . .

          • I just checked out there site and love this 1/2 truth:

            Q: Did you know that new development almost caused us the permanent loss of our Post Office.
            A: A vocal group of citizens (our members, and our neighbors, just like you) fought it, and saved it!

            The post office was originally slated for closure with the Postal Office budget cuts. Rep. Norton and CM Graham with community support was able to move it to Reeves and prevent it from the budget axe. Not really having to do with the current development. Whoever wrote that is definitely doing the politician speak.

  • I’m good with the development but think it’s a shame it will be nothing but studios and 1 bedrooms. Such buildings are soulless and without community, like the one I’ve lived in for the past 4 years.

    • Because only soul-less and non-community-minded people live in studios and one-bedrooms? Is it because people with souls need extra space, so they live in two bedroom units, or even whole houses? Just because your neighbors don’t suit you doesn’t mean that it’s true of everyone living in small units. What a load of cr*p.

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