22-unit condo building, The Centrie, to deliver in May 2014 at 435 R Street, NW

Rendering via The Centrie

From a press release:

“Just two blocks from the Shaw Metro station in northwest Washington, DC, locally-based boutique real estate developer Community Three Development has topped out its latest project: a 22-unit condominium building with contemporary flair and an exhaustive list of energy efficient and sustainable building features. Centrie, located at 435 R Street, NW, is scheduled to deliver in May 2014 and will be the first new condo development of its size in Shaw in over a decade.

Urban Pace, which provides innovative sales and marketing services to real estate developers in Washington’s urban neighborhoods, will begin pre-selling Centrie’s one- and two-bedroom condominium residences shortly, with prices beginning in the $300,000’s. “The Centrie is just the kind of project we love, offering buyers the benefits of home ownership and a chance to live in one of the city’s most dynamic sectors,” said Lynn Hackney, President, Urban Pace.

“The name Centrie developed to represent the spirit of the place, not just because it’s practically at the center of everything, with direct access to Washington’s hippest neighborhoods, but also because ‘centrie’ is an urban term referring to something original, cool, poetic, inspiring, intelligent, sincere, unique, and classy – just like the people who will live here,” said Grant Epstein, President of Community Three.

Community Three acquired the site and its long-vacant one-story building, formerly occupied by a dry cleaning operation, in 2012. Before demolishing the old structure and commencing construction of Centrie in 2013, the company completed an environmental remediation program that included cleaning the soil, improving storm water filtration, lowering overall levels of airborne chlorofluorocarbons, and removing groundwater impurities from the site and surrounding areas. “We are proud to be repurposing what was a derelict, long-neglected commercial storefront with a careful infill strategy and sensitive site restoration, ultimately allowing this site to play an important role in the continued transformation of Shaw and the city at large.”

Epstein, an architect who formerly worked at the renowned architectural firm Torti Gallas and Partners, and his team designed the building after seeking extensive input from the local community. The 22 residences, 13 of which will have private outdoor terraces, will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, white modern cabinetry, solid quartz countertops, hardwood floors, solid-core doors, custom tiling, and insulated aluminum windows among countless other high quality finishes. Unlike many low-rise multifamily buildings in the area, Centrie will also offer elevator access and private parking along with secure bicycle storage for every resident.”

435 R Street, NW back in 2011:


19 Comment

  • The name… Centrie… ugh… I just… can’t.

  • Centrie is an urban term…where?

    Certainly in no city I’ve ever encountered.

  • yes, the name sucks. but it looks kind of nice and I like the location. This is the sort of thing I’d buy, if I had bought a place a year and a half ago. Seems like it’s priced about right, I paid $330k for a nice one-bedroom in Bloomingdale last year.

  • Whoa. The name appears to be derived from a single Urban Dictionary post from 2009.


  • Hate hate HATE the name.

  • I walk my dogs by this every day. Very curious where exactly they’ve put parking for every resident in this building. If I recall correctly, there isn’t a garage…

    • If you walk behind the building, there will be semi covered parking in the back for 11 cars. There was a zoning hearing about this last year, the developer initially wanted 24 units and 6 parking spaces. The variance was not granted, so they changed plans to 22 units and 11 spaces, which meets the requirement of 1 space for every 2 units.

  • I live within spitting distance (literally) of this building, and I would be SHOCKED if it delivers in May.

    There still is a ton to do, and the snow has slowed down progress a lot.

    I don’t know if the developers contracted for parking behind the building, but it wouldn’t shock me.

  • I live right on that block. There isn’t any parking, nor is there room in the alley and from having to deal with it every day, there is no way they will be done by May. They said they were originally going to be done by the fall of 2013.

  • A useful, if homely business replaced by a building that seems to be a hodgepodge of different styles.

  • I kinda like it and am in the market. For those living on that street, what’s the big white building on the corner across the street? Thanks.

    • Africare. I’m not sure exactly what they do, but there are diplomat plates over there all the time.

      • Africare is an international development organization, managing health, education and other important programs throughout sub saharan Africa. They were my first employer right after college – I worked for them in Tanzania. They redid that old school building for their HQ years ago – it is beautiful on the inside.

  • [email protected]:21, you need to use another name. You are not me and I’ve had MK since PoP began.

  • I spoke to the developer couple days ago and there is 11 parking spaces for the 22 units. Actually seems like a lot to me given how close this is to Metro. The weather has definitely slowed construction down, but they seem to be in full gear now. I give them credit for cleaning up that site. And I like the name. Better than The Jefferson, Capitol Flats or something else boring.

  • This isn’t the developers’ fault, but I really hope the city and Pepco are going to invest some capital in the electrical infrastructure in this neighborhood if they are going to approve 22-unit and other large residential buildings here. Since Hurricane Sandy, we’ve had 5 long (4 hours or longer) power outages that affected homes and businesses in this area. In each case, it was due to a transformer or other infrastructure that is simply overloaded by new demand in the area.

  • I purchased a community three property back a few years ago and I did not have a positive experience. The property was gorgeous. The finishing touches were all high-end and the unit overall looked “put-together.” However, what was behind the walls (things not detectable during a home inspection) was a disaster and community three refused to address any of the issues. My entire condo building had issues – leaky ceilings and pipes behind the walls, bathroom tiles falling off the wall for no reason, dryers not being properly vented, lighting fixtures not properly wired, no insulation so you can hear all of your neighbors, and the list goes on. We conducted a building-wide assessment and the independent engineering company came back with so many problems it would cost nearly 100K to fix it all. As an association we threatened legal action but community three ignored us. I’ve since sold my unit after making all of the proper fixes, costing thousands – which was infuriating given that it was new construction.

    I purchased new construction again but with a different developer. I’ve been in my new property for almost a year and have not had a single problem.

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