Construction Starts on 240-unit Mixed-Use Project Coming to the old Flea Market space at 9th/8th and Florida Ave, NW

9th and Florida Ave, NW

Shaw’s stunning transformation continues. From Residential Architect:

“Developer JBG has hired the Seattle-based firm as the design architect for a 240-unit mixed-use project in D.C.’s rapidly gentrifying Shaw neighborhood. Occupying two sites across the street from each other.

For now the units will be rental apartments, with floor-to-ceiling windows and an average approximate size of 700 square feet, and common courtyards will top the 30,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.”

You can see some renderings here.

More photos after the jump.

8th and Florida Ave, NW looking toward 9th

8th and Florida Ave, NW looking toward 7th

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  • Finally! This part of Florida will be getting some much needed improvement. Now if only they can get rid of those awful storefronts that blast the go-go music, I will finally feel safe without having to cross the street.

    • Because the guys at the Boost Mobile store are so terribly dangerous?

      Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy about a lot of the development around here, but comments like yours come across as a little bit paranoid about your darker-complected neighbors, tbh.

    • I’m a white-ass gentrifier myself, but it’s stupid comments like these that make the locals hate us. Go-go music is an important part of DC culture, and if it scares you, that’s your problem, and no one else’s.

    • I don’t want to be too harsh, no matter how much I would prefer, but it you have so much of an issue with this maybe living in Washington, D.C. (or any environment with too many browns) isn’t for you.

    • …Clown

    • 1. The music is annoying and SO loud. But whatevs.
      2. My boyfriend has been threatened by the vagrants on that corner many times while walking dogs. Like “I will kill you if you come back here” threatened. I say bulldoze the bums.

      • Ted Cruz called, he is impressed by how far up your own ass you’ve gotten your head, and he’d like some pointers.

        • So you’re saying it’s ok to threaten someone just for walking? What were you raised in the wild? Sorry but it’s not ok for people to shout expletives at me or make threats when I walk by. I didn’t make this up – step out of your fairyland. Shit like this actually happens.

          • No, but it’s a lot less okay for you to call for “bulldozing” them. I’m not sure what you expected, moving to a neighborhood like Shaw in a city like DC. If you can’t deal with minor annoyances like that, you’re not cut out for city living.

          • I only said it b/c the whole post is about bulldozing that shithole flea market the next corner over. It’s already happening and it’s not breaking my heart. I can deal with it, I’m just saying it’s more aggressive at that corner than any place in my neighborhood. I can deal with a certain amount of yelling/name calling/harassment. But when you actually start threatening someone’s life? Just for walking past? Sorry that’s more than a minor annoyance.

        • In what world is it ok to threaten someone like that?

      • #thathappened

    • Anonymous @ 11:38 – Please kindly leave. Thank you.

    • Go Go music rules, and by my estimation, should be played more often in the gentrifier joints around town. Stop being such a narrow-minded loser-square.

      This development was inevitable. The building looks slightly more interesting than the cookie-cutter bullplop I’ve grown accustomed to seeing in the neighborhood. I’m a bit relieved about that. Too bad a 1 BR will likely go for 2400.

      • OK, more go-go music at Meridian Pint when that corner starts blasting bluegrass. Or we can all enjoy whatever type of music happens to work for us at the moment and not worry about what other people like to listen to.

    • The music from the store on 7th and Florida is just about the best part of this corner of Shaw. It is DC through and through. Please let’s not let gentrification take this away from us–those who’ve been here forever and those who are new. I’m sorry if the music scares you (??), but honestly, give in and live a little in your neighborhood.

  • this is exciting! always hated that flea market… was nothing but trouble for the neighborhood.

  • So excited! has anyone heard any rumors of who might be coming in on the retail portion?

  • But where will we go to recover our stolen bicycles?

  • Renderings look very cool. Glad to see some something other than bland shades of brick! The multi-colored side paneling is awesome.

  • While I don’t think the original commenter had an issue with the go-go music, i think they were using it as a reference to that block. And while I don’t have an issue with that type of music, I do have an issue with unwanted noise pollution. Also that CVS corner is awfullllllll

  • Wow, doesn’t your boyfriend know how to tell someone to kiss his ass? I’ve lived in D.C. for over 50 years, when street people threaten me I just tell them to go to hell. Those people are full of it, if someone threatens you – just tell them to go fuck off. They just want to scare you and you’re feeding right into it. Your boyfriend has a dog – he could just tell them, yeah and my dog will bit your balls off. Once they know that you can’t be intimidated, they will back down and you’ll probably have a new friend.

    • He does – but he’s been mugged walking down the wrong street before so he’s cautious. I can’t blame him. Some people just hate dogs too, so I get it. The issue isn’t whether or not we can handle harassment: we can. In fact, we usually just call the cops when the bums on our street get out of control. The point is it wouldn’t break my heart to see these people gone and a nice shiny new building in their place.

  • Bonus – the IIHFA building looks better in the renderings, too! What a Capital Idea!

  • lets start a new thread. Why do people hate gentrification? why cant we get rid of delapidated buildings and areas, and build something new and nice that will overall improve infrastructure, with retail, and help increase property values?

    • lots of reasons… but in the end i think it all boils down to the fact that a lot of people don’t really like change of any kind. a lot of us are creatures of habit.

    • Because not everyone is affected by gentrification in the same way. Not everyone benefits from it; some people end up on the losing end of the stick. And it is true that some people are comfortable with their familiar setting and don’t want the change. Think about a micro-level example. Let’s say you have a favorite neighborhood bar around the corner from where you live. It’s a real dive, maybe a little gritty, and it doesn’t look like much to people who don’t patronize it or who don’t live in the neighborhood–but you’ve been going there for years, the patrons are friendly, the bartender is a quirky character who always takes care of you because you’re a regular, and the drinks are cheap. One day, a new owner comes in and says “Wow, this place really looks like crap! Let me renovate it into a sleek, modern lounge that serves top-shelf cocktails, and it’s going to look SO much better and everyone in the neighborhood will be SO happy and excited about the improvement!” But you’re not excited about how much prettier it will be…you’re bummed that the drinks will be twice as expensive, and they’re going to replace the quirky bartender with a too-cool-for-school wannabe-mode-chick bartender that oozes attitude and will barely give you the time of day if you’re not dropping a wad of cash on bottles. I’m not wholly against gentrification–in fact, I’m a middle-income person who really enjoys yoga, coffee shops, bike lanes, wine bars, and probably a number of other stereotypical yuppie/gentrifier amenities. But I also acknowledge that: a) not everyone likes those things; and b) gentrification and its increased property values can often lead to displacement of existing residents. People can argue whether someone “deserves” to stay in a neighborhood once they can no longer afford it, but you have to recognize that, for many people, the possibility of getting priced out/pushed out of their neighborhood is a scary thing.

      • Way to go Anonymous 2:54 p.m.!

        I have neighbors across the street who were living on housing vouchers but the home they occupied has been sold so they have to leave. I will say I’m not sorry to see them go but that’s purely because they were lousy neighbors and all of us on this block have called the cops for noise complaints many times. Despite that, I feel for their predicament. They are poor and vulnerable in a city with scant affordable housing. Who knows where they’ll land next. We need to emphasize the importance of empathy in our society, the cruelty of these posts are nothing compared to the vitriol on the Washington Post website but it still often gets mighty ugly around here.

        • Oh god, the WaPo comment threads, on any number of issues…I can’t even.

        • Given their behavior, these former neighbors of yours sound exactly like the kind of people this city could use less of. Not exactly clear why they deserve my empathy. I know lots of non-poor people who don’t think they can afford to live in the city and head into the suburbs for a better situation, so I’m not sure what makes your former neighbors so special. Also not clear to me what feeling bad for them/increased empathy is supposed to accomplish.

          • While empathy might accomplish very little, many of us do share at least a bit of it for folks who can no longer live in their lifelong neighborhoods due to changes wrought by gentrification. Ideally what empathy could accomplish is compassionate policies and neighborliness . Some of us think that this city could use a few less entitled newcomers…. But there ya go, it takes all kinds.

          • All I care about is whether they are good neighbors and good citizens. Newcomer or long-time resident, rich or poor doesn’t matter to me. These former neighbors didn’t sound like much of an asset to the city and it is a mystery to me why anyone should bemoan their situation.

    • Because some people live and/or work in those ‘delapidated’ buildings and think they’re just fine.
      Because increased property values mean the rent’s going up, or worse, the building is going to be sold out from under them.
      Because people think the neighborhood and infrastrucuture is pretty nice already even if it isn’t new.
      Because there already is retail that serves peoples’ needs even if it doesn’t serve your needs.
      Because this city is expensive and if you have to move, where are you going to go?
      Because hanging on to what you have and like doesn’t mean that you are afraid of change.

  • As a property owner around the corner here I’m sure glad that these lots are finally being developed. However, I think the buildings are just plain boxes that lack imagination. Given that this is basically the gateway to the beginning of U Street I would have hoped for something a little more iconic. Additionally this is in the U Street Historic Neighborhood boundaries; these structures are way too modern and flys n the face of all the other owners that must have their properties conform to those subjective historic standards. So I’m very disappointed in the approval from HRPB.

  • As an African American resident of Washington, DC, I can honestly say that gentrification does not scare me. What scares me are ignorant, loud, incompassionate, arrogant neighbors, both rich and poor-REGARDLESS OF RACE, that treat the neighborhood like garbage. Specifically, they throw their trash on the sidewalks and in the streets. Graffitti everything in sight and trash other people’s yard. I grew up modestly but learned at a young age to respect both my own and other people’s property. Peopel need to stop making excuses for their negative, selfish actions and start making positive changes to their lives. Instead of buying a $30,000 to $40,000 dollar car (a depreciative asset), why not invest money into your home. If you are renting from someone maintain your place like you own it. New thought: WHY NOT TREAT PEOPLE (REGARDLESS OF RACE) THE WAY YOU’D LIKE TO BE TREATED. This is not rocket science folks, just common sense.

  • On second thought, the analysis of purchasing the car may not be appropriate for all. How about improving your life. Stop hanging out on the corner and harrassing the residents that happen to be white or whatever and go to the library and take advantage of the many free programs that they have to improve your horizons. BTW, I’ve been harrassed too and I’m African American. I just tell the people to KISS MY ASS.

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