Hines, Urban Atlantic, and Triden Group Chosen to redevelop Walter Reed – Check Out Retail Plans

Rendering via The Parks at Walter Reed

From the Mayor’s office:

“The Hines-Urban Atlantic-Triden team was selected based on the strength and compatibility of their plan with the Reuse and Small Area Plans; their approach and ability to provide quality community benefits; their breadth of development and financial experience on complicated sites; and their development and financing capability.”

From Walter Reed Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA):

“The Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) former campus is located on the north end of the District, between 16th Street and Georgia Avenue. This location is approximately six blocks from the the District boundary at Eastern Avenue and about two miles south of Downtown Silver Spring.

The LRA Site occupies 66.57 acres of the 110.1-acre former campus. The remaining 43.53 acres on the eastern portion of campus will be occupied by Department of State (DOS). The LRA site has frontage on all 4 sides: Fern Street on the north, Georgia Avenue on the east, Aspen Street on the South, and 16th Street on the west, making the site readily accessible to the adjacent neighborhoods.”

Big big news for Brightwood and north country – the Walter Reed Medical Center redevelopment winner is Hines/Urban Atlantic – The Parks at Walter Reed:

“When complete, Walter Reed will feature:

Retail – two viable, vibrant plans, one anchored by a large format retailer and one anchored by a smaller specialty grocer

Innovation Core – anchored by committed life science and health users – GW University, MIT professors, and Biotrial – supported by a Hyatt conference hotel

High Quality, Diverse Housing – serving a mix of incomes and households including a seniors village that facilitates aging-in-place

Creative Mixed Uses, Historic Programming & Open Space – drawing the community in through arts, history, and an impressive network of active and passive open spaces.”

Check out a video below of their retail plans (note the inclusion of Bloomingdale’s Boundary Stone):

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  • Very cute. They did a very good job.

  • Danny’s Favorite. Close to my home. I’m gonna weigh 900lbs.

  • Any insider info regarding likelihood of Boundary Stone coming here?

    I assume their inclusion on the list means they’ve had at least preliminary discussion with the developer.

  • I wonder why Three Stars Brewing Company was listed as a merchant.

    • I would hope it would be because they have had talks about opening a brewpub/restaurant there.

      • This would be amazing… I have wondered why none of the local breweries have a brewpub. Great way to consistently sell your beer/merch, and unveil new products etc.

        A tap of OTWOA would do very well here 🙂

  • this is such a great opportunity for some inspired urban planning. i really hope they dont mess it up and fall in the cookie-cutter trap.

  • LOL @ the streetcar in the picture

    & im with rejamaphone. i hope they make it a quality project

  • From other articles I’ve read it sounds like both Whole Foods and Wegmans are very interested in this spot. For selfish reasons I really hope Whole Foods is selected. Wegmans can be entertaining to visit on occasion but its hardly where I would want to do most of my grocery shopping. Their prepared foods and dine-in options are all very subpar, like Applebees level quality of a wannabe Whole Foods. I think the DC market is probably too sophisticated these days for the suburban tastes Wegmans tends to cater too. Not to mention WF can help attract other high quality retailers that Wegmans cannot.

    I’m sure others will disagree, but as a resident in the Walter Reed neighborhood I’m rooting for WF!

    • WF over Wegmans?? Wow. I have a WF near my office and NEVER shop there. Horrible, overpriced hippy crap. People will travel from all over the city to go to Wegman’s. Not so much for WF.

      • I guess as a neighbor that is part of my fear. People will travel all over to Wegmans as more of a destination- likely making it a total cluster- when I am looking for a neighborhood grocery store where I can do most of my day to day shopping. I happen to prefer the hippy crap to the processed/gmo/antibiotic big-brand name crap, but to each his/her own! (And again, this is just my selfish preference based on my needs).

        • I want people to travel to Takoma from all over DC. That will make the retail successful! Yes, that will change the neighborhood, but this development is happening meaning that the neighborhood was going to change anyway. There is a WF 1.5 miles from Walter Reed. The closest Wegman’s is in Landover.

          • This is a great point- people travelling from all over is going to help re-develop large chunks of Georgia Ave. Between WR and Walmart on Military, you have a ton more money flowing into a place where previously there wasnt much retail/business.

          • Exactly! I’d like for this to finally be a destination, and not a place on the map I have to explain or get “that look” as if, “Why would you ever live THERE?” If people came from all over DC that would be a GOOD thing.

          • There is so much potential in the neighborhoods around WR. Its a great part of the city, some really wonderful folks live up in these neighborhoods. I do like that its sort of a secret still.

      • Try their non-organic store brands. No more expensive than the Safeway or Giant equivalent, and significantly better.

    • Rooting for Wegmans here. DC has enough WF, with more on the way. We could use a “regular” affordable grocery option in this location. WF has very low quality flavorless hot/cold bar options at a high price; at least Wegmans has some menu diversity (suburban does not necessarily equal unsophisticated). Furthermore, WF does not stock enough mainstream/affordable products to be a regular/total shopping spot for many of us (they’re more a supplemental store for most people I know).

      Regardless of which goes in, just happy to see things moving here and to have some retail/dining in the area!

      • What normal grocery products is Whole Foods missing? And the hot/cold bar thing is especially suburban; how relevant is one in a city-wide oasis of prepared food options?

          • You mean a soft drink you can buy at any liquor store, drug store, or corner store in the city? Oh, how AWFUL they don’t carry it!

          • I was at the P Street Whole Foods trying to find ginger ale once (or something approximately similar that didn’t cost $10 for an 8-ounce bottle) and they didn’t have any. I thought Sweet Green might have it, but no luck there either. I eventually found some of those mini bottles covered in a layer of dust at the liquor store across the street.

          • I would have tried the CVS right next door.

          • Well, I’m not familiar with the area and didn’t realize there was a CVS next door. That would have been better, since I was buying the ginger ale for a diabetic who really would have preferred a sugarfree version.

          • anonymouse_dianne

            Whole Foods and Yes! both carry a cola product – even a sugar free version. It comes in cans and you have to look on the lower shelves for it.

          • “A cola product?” Gross.
            It’s coke or nothing.

          • Doesn’t help with the ginger ale (yes, I checked those too).

          • Re the ginger ale, whole foods sells them in cans and they are super-cheap. And I have tried many times to shop in Safeway/Giant but (1) their deli meats are filled with nitrates and they rarely/never have the nitrate free version; (2) their packaged foods are filled with artificial ingredients, whereas whole foods has comparable products with clean ingredient labels; (3) few if any organic products; and (3) no grocery store can compare to WF standards for meat/poultry (you should read their 7 point list). It does cost more but we have found ways to cut down, such as buying 365 brand for prepared products and inexpensive cuts of meat (mostly chicken).

        • Ho-hos. Doritos. Lucky Charms. Gatorade.

          • So walk next door to CVS, where you can buy all of that.

          • Are these serious (including Coca-Cola)? If not, yeah, that’s a fundamental ideological split over what a grocery store ought to be. I’d trade in brand names for especially good (and affordable) produce and meat, along with kitchen staples (oil, spices, etc). And in my experience it’s always a trade off. If there’s Log Cabin syrup there’s not going to be Grade B Maple syrup.

          • And yeah, all that stuff is available at our glut of corner stores.

          • Id prefer to have both brand names and quality meats and veggies…like they sell at a Wegmans…

          • How about I just make a one-stop-shop at a Giant or Safeway? Or does it offend you that there’s someone who doesn’t worship at the alter of “organic”? While WF might appear to have a better selection of some things (cheese in particular), if you pay attention you’ll realize that Giant carries the same stuff for 30% less. You just have to know where to look for it.
            I contend that a savvy shopper can find meat and produce at most markets that is just as good as what you find at WF, and much cheaper. No, you can’t always find exactly what that recipe posted on your favorite foodie blog called for. You might have to substitute. But any cook worth his/ her seasalt knows how to make substitutions based on what’s available. I think WF must be aimed straight at amateurs who NEED strawberries in October, or corn on the cob in February. I’ve never found any value there, but then, I know what I’m doing in a market.

          • Funny, I would say the same to someone who thinks shopping at WF is more expensive- you must not be a savvy shopper. Giant/Safeway absolutely does not carry the same products for 30% less. When you compare exact products WF is usually the same price or often less. What you can’t find at a Safeway or is grade A and organic produce and meat- and if you do its, just as expensive. And sure, I could sub iodized salt for sea salt (just an example) but the former is basically poison while the later is full of health benefits. I personally choose not to make those trade-offs. It’s just our standards are different- not our “shopping savvy”. (Which I realize WF is also full of tons of processed crap, its just they have more of the non-crap options than other stores).

          • You must not be a savvy shopper if you think Giant/Safeway only sell iodized salt. You can get several different kinds of sea salt there as well.

          • Iodized salt is “basically poison”? Whoa, magical disease-preventing poison!! I bet there are a few goiter-free folks in India (a few hundred thousand) who are pretty pleased about their mandatory poison intake.

          • haha you’re both wrong aldi is about 50 cent cheaper than both those stores.

          • “And sure, I could sub iodized salt for sea salt (just an example) but the former is basically poison ”

            This made me LOL.

        • “And the hot/cold bar thing is especially suburban”
          no it isn’t.

    • I’d be surprised if Whole Foods went for this. It’s too close to their Silver Spring store, which does a ton of business, and is only a mile or two so away. They typically don’t site stores in such close proximity to one another.

      • Wegmans 100 times out of 100 over Whole Foods. Whole Foods gives you the illusion of healthy foods just because they are certified organic (been shown not to be any healthier by the National Academies) or non-GMO (which is the equivalent of being anti-Vaccine at this point..).

        Wegmans is far more affordable for this area and fits in much better to our neighborhood. Whole Foods isnt that far away if thats what you want.

        They are going to open up a ton of different streets to help alleviate traffic on GA and 16th

        • OMG, that “study” was the biggest joke. It went out to disprove an assumption that no on has No one eats organic because they think its more “nutritious”. People eat organic because they do not want food filled with toxins or pesticides- something this study (funded by big food, by the way) did not take into account. By all means you can love and prefer Wegmans but please don’t be one of the few people fooled by that ridiculous study.

          • where’s the study that says that no one eats organic because they think it’s more “nutritious” and only eat organic because they do not want food filled with toxins or pesticides? did you take a poll to see how many people were fooled by that study? how do you define “few”?

    • There is a Whole Foods less than a mile and a half away (downtown Silver Spring location & Wayne Ave & Fenton St)

  • Wow! This looks wonderful! My vote would be for a Wegman’s. There’s already a Whole Foods in Silver Spring. Wegman’s is awesome. The Wegman’s stores that I’ve been to have great selection and service – and I’ve been happy with the variety of dine-in options.

  • Looks pretty snazzy. Now I wonder how long the NIMBY games and preservationist gymnastics will delay any movement on this project.

    • This site will be a lot easier to redevelop than others. Frankly, this part of DC just doesn’t currently have as many neighbors to fight it. It is a huge lot, to the west is RCP, to the north are a few people but then DTSS, and the east is Takoma Metro.

      I have not heard of any preservation claims ATM, and don’t think this will be too tough. It isn’t that old, with a lot of the construction continuing into the 50s. Unlike some of the further areas south, I just don’t think the people in this area are going to fight this one too hard. They picked the plan that both ANCs preferred as well. There has been a very public process, and I think people in my area are ready for this huge walled off area to start contributing. Throw in a Wegmans to compete against the HORRIBLE Piney Branch Safeway, and I think there is limited neighborhood opposition.

  • It’s most likely not going to be Wegmans. They were very publicly working closely with a developer that lost the bid to Hines. Since they lost the bid Wegmans is probably going to bail on plans

    • I don’t think this is necessary true.

      This developer is working with Wegman’s in Alexandria.

      While they had a relationship with Roadside, there is nothing to prevent Wegman’s from working with Hines. If they thought it was a good site, I think they will continue to look into coming.

    • I grew up in upstate NY and spent my adult life here in DC so I’m pretty familiar with both the store and the local market. It’s in both the city’s interests and Wegmans’ to bring a store here, but if Wegmans walks it will be almost entirely they’re loss. The pent up demand for a Wegmans across almost all demographics in DC is huge and this store would rake it in above the stores probably conservative revenue projections. This may be their only chance for a long time to open in the city given their particular footprint needs and the rapid expansion of their competition across the city.

  • Sort of hilarious to me the reverence that Whole Foods draws…as if they have some magical ability to ONLY produce healthy food and are the ONLY ones who can do it.

    Its just indicative of how lacking most people are in terms of critical thinking, basic science knowledge, and the inability to smell BS when its stacked neatly.

    • They’re just way cheaper than Yes!.

      • Depends on what you want. Yes has some items that are actually comically cheap.

        • Yeah, I always get eggs at Yes! because they are cage-free, locally produced, and somehow still cheaper than regular grocery store eggs. Plus they come with a cute note inside from the Amish farmers.

          • Yep, I get that there too. Their hummus is also super cheap – cheaper than Trader Joe’s. They have a rotating selection of cheeses that are on sale and thus a good value.
            Their fresh produce, however, is pretty pricey. As is their alcohol. Absurdly overpriced jars of pasta sauce. It’s really hit-or-miss with Yes Market.

    • I think the reverence — particularly in DC neighborhoods — has a lot more to do with what a WF signals about the socioeconomic trends in an area and, if you already own property, the likely upward trajectory of your real estate values.

  • The good news for those folks who want a Whole Foods/Yes!/Trader Joe’s type store, is that there are 14 (6 Whole Foods, 6 Yes!, and 2 Trader Joe’s) such stores within 5 miles of Walter Reed. There are zero Wegman’s stores in that same area. I’d put Harris Teeter in the same class as Wegman’s, and there are two HT’s within a 5 mile radius.

    So to those folks who love the Whole Foods type of store, you’ve got plenty of choices. For those of us who want a “normal” store above the level of Giant/Safeway, a Wegman’s would be a welcome addition.

  • this looks cheap

  • The population around there isn’t a Wegmans crowd…and most certainly not Whole Foods. As for preservation, all of the historical buildings–and there is some pretty important stuff there–will be preserved and not turned into CVS, as far as I have learned.

    • I’m not sure that’s really true. The neighborhood bordering the north side of Walter Reed is pretty middle-upper affluent. And the neighborhood to the east is pretty middle-class. I think either store would be supported well by the neighborhood. We just bought a house, a block east of Walter Reed, and would gladly shop at any grocery store that’s nicer than the Safeway we have at present. We’re 2 average Feds and would love to have a store that sells good quality fruit/meats. I think many of our neighbors would agree.

    • You can’t be serious? Renovated houses are selling in the 600’s, and this thing is a mile from DTSS and Takoma. There are plenty of people, with plenty of money who will be excited for a Wegmans.

      • Also, houses north of here sell in the upper 800’s, to over a million.

        • Agree, the demographics of the neighborhood, including nearby ones like Crestwood and Colonial Village where homes go easily into the 7 figures could easily support either store.

    • What, exactly, is “a Wegmans crowd?”

  • I love that people are arguing FOR the crap mass market garbage – I mean – food! I guess people will argue for their own demise if it makes them feel good. I’m no Whole Foods fan but arguing against organics is unintelligent.

      • Off the top of my head I can think of the following: Obesity epidemic. Soil depletion. Water pollution. Food without taste or nutrition value. Destruction of rain forests.

        • The national academy of sciences did a report on Organic vs Conventional and found no difference really in terms of the healthy-ness of the food. The only real implication of organic is increased cost, and some environmental impact.

          So the taste and nutrition argument is bunk….Ill look for the NAS report, its helpful in being actually informed.

          • http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1355685

            Here ya are- some notable excerpts from the abstract:

            The risk for contamination with detectable pesticide residues was lower among organic than conventional produce (risk difference, 30% [CI, −37% to −23%]), but differences in risk for exceeding maximum allowed limits were small.

            The published literature lacks strong evidence that organic foods are significantly more nutritious than conventional foods.

            Obesity probably doesnt have to do with organic vs nonorganic. I can eat 30 pounds of deep friend organic, locally sourced, non GMO pork and Ill still get fat…

          • don’t have time to read the report. What does it say about the rain forests?

          • They are gone. Watch Fern Gully. Its just as informative as these natural news websites.

          • Did they take into account that WF pepperjack slices are freakin’ awesome??!!

        • Does Whole Foods sell organic sheeple? Because that would explain a lot…

    • I think you’re a couple years behind in your research. Or maybe you’re deliberately presenting a less-than-balanced viewpoint for some reason?

      • Me? I dont think so- the paper was published in 2012….

        • I was talking to the anonymous up top there who said “arguing against organics is unintelligent”. That person is behind in his/her research.

          • Oh, agree. Clearly. High five. Good talk.

          • Hi I’m the OP and you can feel free to reference whatever article you please, conducted by whatever organization you might find that has no horse in this race but at the end of the day we are going to fundamentally disagree on the merits of eating crap vs eating healthy food prepared without chemicals and laboratory induced genetic modification. And to whomever said that organic food doesn’t taste better… yikes! Sounds like you have been eating massive amounts of sugar, salt and fat for so long that your taste buds are lost in the realm of extremes.

      • So research now shows pesticides and toxins ARE good for you? I’m not the OP but I guess I am behind the times too.

        • Sigh…OK, here are two examples:

          Copper is an essential micronutrient. Without enough of it, you won’t be healthy. Too much copper can cause toxicity. If you are ingesting above the amount you need, but below the amount that causes harm, copper is not bad for you.

          Ethyl alcohol (as in beer, wine, spirits) is definitively a toxin. I would guess most commenters here have a beer/glass of wine on occasion. Is that bad for you? Sure. Is a HoHo bad for you? Sure. Are they both OK in moderation? Sure. Do I want to be able to buy them at the grocery store. Absolutely.

        • Pesticides in certain amounts have no clinical effect. Its the concept of ‘dose efficacy’ that is often lost on folks.

          Conventional foods have statistically significantly more pesticides than organic foods. This is known a priori. This statistical difference, however, is not clinically relevant…

          Also, folks need to stop using the word ‘toxins’. The naturalist fallacy uses it as a catch all and it is now meaningless.

          • Good points, Boog. Toxins does have a specific scientific meaning, people just have co-opted/corrected it for their own purposes (just like “organic” —news flash: DDT is organic)

          • Exactly why we should stop using the word- the co-opt has made it useless sadly. Also, anything with the word “Cleanse” should just read “diuretic” or “laxative”…since, ya know, thats all its really doing…

  • I hope the developers stay true to their promise of 20-30% locally owned businesses (and closer to the 30%) and don’t pull a DC USA. All of these developments are starting to exactly alike and exactly like other developments across the US with the same slew of chains.

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