New Mixed-Use Apartment Project and Retail Coming to 701 2nd Street, NE

From a press release:

Fisher Brothers, a family owned, multi-generational real estate development and investment company, today announced the groundbreaking of 701 2nd Street, NE. The development is the first Class A mixed-use apartment in the historic Capitol Hill and H Street neighborhood.

701 2nd Street, NE is a 10-story, 398,103 square foot building comprised of 377 apartments on the ground to 10th floor, approximately 20,000 square feet of retail space located along H, 2nd, and G Streets, and 309 parking spaces located on two floors below-grade.

“701 2nd Street will deliver an unparalleled level of amenities and services providing its residents not just an apartment, but a lifestyle that’s as vibrant and exciting as the surrounding Capitol Hill/H Street neighborhood,” said Fisher Brothers partner Winston Fisher. “Whether it’s relaxing at the building’s rooftop pools and cabanas or discovering a new area chef at one of the tasting events, residents need not leave their home for entertainment, discovery and excitement. From the exquisite interior finishes and design, the convenience of its central Capitol Hill to H Street location, the building is tailor-made for the urban resident who seeks convenience to work — and all conveniently located in a neighborhood hosting Washington’s newest restaurants and burgeoning retail corridor.”

The location of the development offers more convenient access to mass transit than any other luxury multifamily project in Washington, DC with covered access via an entrance across 2nd Street to Union Station, allowing access to every major mass transit provider in Washington, DC (Amtrak, Metro, VRE and MARC). There is slated more than 210,000 square feet of high end retail space, including more than 100 specialty shops and 50,000 square feet of restaurant space.

The units have been designed to accommodate the young urban professionals that populate the area. With this target market in mind, the building is strategically designed with a majority of one bedroom and two bedrooms units tailored to individuals living alone or with roommates. Interior finishes and fixtures have been designed by the Rockwell Group, one of the nation’s most imaginative interior design firms. All elements of the interiors combine to create and aesthetic that is elegant, comfortable, light and modern. Open kitchens feature Quartzite Vulcano countertops, subway tile backsplashes and stainless steel appliances. Kitchens and living areas include Plank Hickory Flooring while bedrooms will have carpet. The bathrooms are finished with top-of-the-line fixtures including Kohler toilets, Duravit tubs and Grohe faucets and shower heads. All the units will have stacked washer and dryers.

The 10-story building is to be constructed utilizing a masonry and window wall façade with concrete super structure. The exterior spaces will be extensively landscaped with interior and exterior gardens, water features, and rooftop decks will be certified LEED Silver and feature green roofs, and eco pond, and passive street storm water reclamation.

Besides Rockwell Group, the project team includes Hickok Cole Architects, Handel Architects, Plaza Construction, Landworks Studio for landscape design and retail leasing from Streetsense.

Residents will also enjoy:

• 24 Hour Lobby Concierge
• Working Lounge
• Kitchen and Tasting Tables
• Media Hub
• Party Room
• Fitness Center
• Rooftop Indoor / Outdoor Party Room
• Interior / Exterior Water Feature
Eco Pond and Gardens
• Integrated Lobby Level Leasing Center
• Library Lounge
• Business Center
• Community Bulletin Wall
• Gaming Lounge
Interior Pet Spa with exterior dog walk
• Rooftop Pool and Deck
• Rooftop Cabanas / Grill Areas
• Exterior Activity Courtyard
• Rooftop Community Gardens

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  • I’m still waiting for my fancy new condo building “The Swampoodle”

  • Shit, now I’m scared my area is going to be wayyy too heavily congested. I love it right now and that it’s developing so rapidly, but this is making me honestly fear what it will become.

  • There’s a large and vacant llot at North Cap and Florida NW hungry for a glassy condo building! hint hint

  • “The units have been designed to accommodate the young urban professionals that populate the area.”

    …unless you can produce a studio apartment that costs less than $1300, you’re not providing anything new for young urban professionals in the area.

    Seriously wouldn’t it be cool if someone introduced REAL micro apartments in DC? Like super well designed <300 sf studios that would make it possible for many people to afford their own place? (I might be the only weirdo who would actually go for this, though.)

    • This would be so great! With the crash in the construction market over the last few years – it would have been the time to build those kinds of units/buildings (with material prices low). But as the economy picks back up I think the cost/benefit won’t be in favor of small apartments like this – unless the city provides some motivation (tax abatement, funding, loan guarantees, reduced parking requirement…).

      What the heck are:
      •Tasting Tables
      • Media Hub
      • Eco Pond and Gardens
      • Interior Pet Spa

      What is the difference between:
      • Working Lounge
      • Library Lounge
      • Business Center

    • Great point and seriously great idea, I’m a fellow weirdo in support of that type of residential planning. Those types of units would probably relieve a lot of couples from “having” to move in together as an escape from grouphousedom.

    • “…unless you can produce a studio apartment that costs less than $1300, you’re not providing anything new for young urban professionals in the area.”

      Young urban professionals is code for young wealthy urban professionals. Developers love to serve single lawyers making $130k a year. They haven’t seemed to really figured out how to cater to those making $50k a year. I think micro-apartments are a good idea, but the capital costs for those units are high and it isn’t easy to make money from those projects from what I have read.

    • Just keep looking east. It really should come as no surprise to anyone that new buildings in hot neighborhoods walking distance to the Capitol building are going to be unaffordable for 90% of us.

      But there is still a shit ton of housing that most of DC can afford.
      Is it safe? Maybe not, but that’s what it is.

  • One block north of Cap Hill Historic District. . . well played. Would have never gained zoning approval if it was a block further south.

    • They destroyed many old rowhouses and some beautiful carriage houses to make room for this.

      • They destroyed something to build your house, too.

        • Not necessarily. I don’t know about the original poster’s house, but many D.C. rowhouses were built on what had previously been large farms or estates.

          • Which were destroyed to build a row house…

          • You can’t really call it “destroyed” when a house is built on what used to be open farmland.

            What the other person was talking about was tearing down an existing building in order to build a new one.

            But you know that, of course.

          • I would consider it destroyed.

            You’re giving more value to structures than land (workable land, forest, lawn/garden, parking lot, etc). That’s a value judgement that you are welcome to make, but all land has a use and when that use is changed, the old is “destroyed.” It would be very difficult to turn your house back into workable land for planting crops, orchards, or pasture.

        • actually they didn’t . . . but thanks for playing

      • wasn’t this lot empty for a long time?

        • The north end of the lot (along Hopscotch Bridge) has been a parking lot for well over a decade (maybe several decades). The rest of the lot was a mix of ‘historic’ townhouses and godawful modern replacements. The historic fabric of the block was destroyed a long, long time ago.

      • The SEC building already threw this entire block (and arguably several to the east) out of whack with it’s giant glass wall. Nearby residents may actually welcome the buffer of this residential building over the large shadow of the SEC building.

        • What’s the logical end to that, though? Keep on tearing down blocks of row houses until you’ve reached the Anacostia?

  • “We’ve got a pool. And a pond. Pond would be good for you.”

  • My dog hates pet saunas.

  • “Exterior activity courtyard”
    Sounds like jail

  • This place is not being built for owners.
    ..”Integrated Lobby Level Leasing Center”

    It is like a corporate “hot sheet hotel”. Being this close to the Capitol it is a corporation’s long-term hotel. They will buy the units and just rotate their lobbyists in and out every couple of weeks. Bet you this place is going to be a ghost town come Friday afternoon.

  • I wonder what a “pet spa” is. I find it very interesting they have a spa for pets but not one for people. Also, I’m pretty sure my dogs would be terrified of whatever is in a pet spa if it involves baths or nail trims…

  • brookland_rez

    Good to see them moving forward with that site. I used to live on Parker St in 2006, and I remember when they tore down the rowhouses on that block. Back then there were rumors of a Trader Joes’s going in (that’s like the eternal rumor for H St).

  • I’m thinking that “pet spa” probably means “room where there’s an elevated area to place your dog, a hose to bathe him with, and maybe a fancy blow dryer.”

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