Check Out a Rendering for 5th and H Street, NE for Planned Apartments/Condos Plus 3 Floors of Retail – Ground Breaking Could Start Early 2016 though Likely Later


Thanks to a reader for sending:

“Went to the ANC meeting last night. Douglass development was there to discuss their plans. 3 floors of retail (1 of which would be underground). Apartments/condos on top. 32 Total units? No parking. Possibly a zipcar spot. Studios – 2 bedrooms. Earliest they would break ground would be February 2016, but this is not likely they said. Will be later.

9730 sq ft of retail on the largest floor. Also, this will have a stone facade, Not brick. This is the old HSDC building.


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  • Relatively simple facade, but I really like it! Sure beats all the brick/etc.

  • Did they say why they are waiting so long to move on this? Yet another Douglass project that will just sit for years…

    • They said permits will hold up the process 2 years

    • justinbc

      They’re waiting on the streetcar to finish charging its batteries.

      • I’m a fan, though I wish it were coming sooner. I also agree about the parking. I don’t think it’s very fair to not allow residents to get street parking permits and it seems silly not to provide parking for retail. I wonder how they got that approved.

        • justinbc

          Me too. They still don’t even know how they’re going to collect fares, very disappointing. It’s kind of disheartening to see the train just sit there on the street unused.

  • I am extremely impressed by the design if that is new construction. Reminds me of some of the older buildings on 14th (e.g. the Exchange). I wish there was more of it in D.C.

    • I thought the same thing. Classic and simple, like a few of the older re-purposed buildings on 14th (which are much nicer than the new glass boxes, IMHO)

    • Agreed. Somebody actually paid attention to D.C.’s architectural history!!

    • AMEN! DC’s developers have already proven over and over that they’re incapable of doing a good job with contemporary architecture or anything remotely cutting edge, so I applaud this nice looking throwback design. And the lack of parking means we finally have somewhere to put all of the smug, anti-car people, all in once place!

    • Best new building design I’ve seen in a while.

    • Great Job Antunovich Associates, they are working on some great buildings with DDC.

  • I like it but … all that retail + residences, and no parking to support it? It’s just going to make the corridor more and more congested :/ It’s already pretty hard to find parking

    • They said they would put in the lease that tenants are not allowed to seek zone 6 parking. Though they admitted that the tentant could try hard to work around that.

      • Yep. Under DC code as it is written today, you can persuade a tenant not to, but cannot prevent them from obtaining a zone parking permit, as long as they live on a zoned block.

        • I thought this had been successfully done for some of the newer buildings near the baseball stadium — it wasn’t a matter of the lease per se, but there was some kind of carve-out whereby the residents were not eligible for RPP.

        • Really? Wow, I had no idea about that. What can you do to “persuade” a tenant to not obtain a zone parking permit if they live in an area that would otherwise permit them to obtain one? I’ve been in DC for just under 4 years, and I’m constantly amazed at how little I know about these kind of things.

          • justinbc

            This debate has been covered a good bit with many of the new structures going up on 14th St in Logan Circle. From what I recall you would have to agree to it in your lease when signing on with the building, and theoretically they would blacklist that address at the DMV, although I think at the time the DMV didn’t actually have the technological capabilities to do it…or something like that.

          • Gotcha. I figured it’d work out like that somehow, but having spent a fair amount of time at the DMV, I assumed that that would be something that someone could circumvent quite easily (assuming they even needed/wanted the residential permit). Good to know nonetheless.

          • The DDOT recently built a database of all blocks with residential parking restrictions. They’re using this to issue Visitor Parking Permits. My block was accidentally excluded from the database since we only got parking restrictions on my block in September of last year, so I had to file an appeal to get them to add my block to the database. My VPP should arrive next week.
            My guess is that DDOT now has the ability to flagged certain buildings and exclude them from the RPP and VPP programs.

    • I’m more worried about the 3 floors of retail. I think it’s great for the corridor, but that is a lot with no parking. Hopefully people will use the streetcar/public transportation, but depending on the types of retail, I envision a lot of people driving in from all around and parking on surrounding streets.

      All said, I’m glad the building design is nice.

  • Like the stone facade. The building almost, looks like it is a building (3rd – 5th floor) on top of another building. Little annoying.

  • brookland_rez

    I like it.

  • Really nice-looking, but yeah, I agree the no parking thing (for the retail) is a bit rough. Especially considering this isn’t on the Metro and H Street isn’t a shopping destination–unless it caters only to locals, if I had to go to one of these stores, I would almost certainly drive.

  • Someone buy that architect a beer. That’s beautiful. Hopefully the end result is the same, and isn’t some sort of faux stone material that isn’t durable and looks cheap.

  • No residents should ever be denied the right to RPP- the “land owners” usually try to insist that mere renters don’t get equal access to public space as them. It’s a bit Jim Crowe-ish, if you ask me. I reject the notion. “I got mine, don’t let THEM have access too”. We all pay taxes!

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