Demo Starts at old Liquor store at 3rd and H St, NE to become “25 Luxury Boutique Condo Units”

301 H Street, NE

Thanks to a reader for sending an updated photo of the former Liquor Store at 3rd and H St, NE getting developed by Capital City Real Estate.

301 H Street, NE in June 2012

Their website says it will become “25 Luxury Boutique Condo Units
301 H Street NE
H Street Corridor
NEW CONSTRUCTION | 25 Luxury Units
1-2 BR / 1-2 BA | From $300’s.”

Have a look at a rendering:

Rendering via Capital City Real Estate

30 Comment

  • did i miss the memo where all the new buildings in DC have to look the same?

    • The memo that starts with a ‘C’ and ends with a “apitalism”?

    • Seriously. This looks like every DC condo built within the past 5 years.

      • Those blocks and blocks of row houses are all so unique and individual.

        • Actually, they really are. I mean, not the general size and shape of course, but the small details, the paint and color details, the transom windows, the address signage, the gardens and sculptures. While maintaining relatively uniform size and shape, there’s many awesome things about a city block of rowhomes.

          To be fair, it took 100+ years for these differentiating factors to develop. But walking through some blocks and checking out the houses is one of the coolest things about DC. to me

          • actually lots of those details didn’t take 100 years to appear. the extent to which the original architecture of rowhouses in DC was varied, and in particular the extent to which the masonry was artfully done, is pretty remarkable. ever since I bought my rowhouse I have marveled at how much expense was put into even middle class dwellings back in the early 1900s.

        • figby

          These crappy condos aren’t built to last as long as those charming old row houses. Imagine what they will look like in 20 years? In some built just a few years ago the walls are already sagging and their cheap finishes are peeling and chipping.

    • No, but you missed the memo about business 101.

  • This is super news for a very underutilized block. I hope they actually have al fresco dining space, something that is surprisingly lacking on H. I hope the guy that told me “go back where you came from!!!” while sitting drunk in front of that old building is replaced by 25 middle class couples with fancy dogs and fancier strollers for their fancy babies.

    • Perhaps it was the same fellow I saw urinating in the parking lot at 3:00 p.m. a few years ago. He didn’t even have the courtesy to turn his back to the street or face the wall….he just faced the street and whizzed.

  • This seems very symbolic of the transformation in D.C., like that Friday Question of the Day (I think?) thread that PoP did not long ago.

  • Bring it on! That south side of 300 H has lagged behind the rest of the west side development. Long overdue!

    • Which is odd since it is more desirable with Metro and downtown access. The east side still seems isolated streetcar or not.

  • This replaces something sketchy but authentic with something new but artificial. Zero-sum.

    • what would you have done?

    • “Authentic”? Why, because symbols of rougher times in D.C. are somehow more “real”?
      The condo building is rather ho-hum appearance-wise, but this nostalgia for a grittier D.C. seems misplaced. What’s next, lamentations for check-cashing and payday loan joints?

      • What you call “grittier DC’ is also known as historic neighborhoods where people have lived together for generations. I would also call that ‘authentic’ DC. Somehow we’ve been bamboozled into thinking shiny, new, luxury, boutique, upscale, is just inherently ‘better’ than the ‘grittier DC’ where people of modest incomes were able to go about their daily lives without needing a 6-figure income to exist. Why do people flock to Ben’s Chili Bowl? It’s not the chili. Some people actually do enjoy unique neighborhoods with family-owned businesses that cater to regular, everyday people.

        • I’m not familiar with this particular liquor store, so perhaps it was indeed a family-owned business catering to regular, everday people. But in many of the “grittier” neighborhoods of D.C., liquor stores serve a rather exploitative function, just like the payday loan places do, and are symbols of blight.
          I’m not thrilled with how some neighborhoods seem to have swung from one end of the pendulum to the other. But when it comes to businesses that are exploitative and/or symbols of blight, I say good riddance.

        • Accountering

          It was a dumpy liquor store. Now people will live there who pay taxes and support the city. This is a big win for the city overall.

        • There’s a plexiglass-windowed takeout joint near where I live that’s so decrepit-looking that for months I thought it was a vacant storefront. (It seems to be open only when I’m at the office, so I never saw it with the door open.) I was amazed when I finally saw an open door, and the dingy interior.
          Maybe you might argue that the food is really tasty and that the dinginess is “authentic” or “real”… but what I see is a place that has so little respect for its customers that it can’t be bothered to get the graffiti off the exterior windows, or to make any effort to keep up its appearance. Maybe it’s not actively contemptuous of its customers, but it’s certainly passively contemptuous of them.

  • is every building now luxury and boutique? aren’t those the same thing?

  • Really glad this vacant lot is finally being developed, and look forward to a new restaurant/retail it will bring — but do wish developers would do a better job of conforming the architecture to a more classic look (more brick or stone). This one isn’t horrible, but wish it was going to look more like some of their other recent condo developments (13 Street Flats in Columbia Heights or The Grace in Gtown). All in all, I think it will be a good addition though.

    • They really cheaped out on 13th St Flats. They covered the side of the building that’s hidden by the adjoining row home in brick veneer (because for some reason they didn’t want to design the building to have the ‘main’ entrance face 13th) but left the northern and eastern exposures (which are much more visible from the surrounding streets) stucco. It looks pretty dumb.

      • Hadn’t seen the 13 St Flats in person…it’s a shame they went the cheap route because the pics looked nice.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Kind of boring, but it could be so much worse.

  • Wasn’t someone saying yesterday they wish more condos would be built as opposed to apartments? Here it is! The building looks fine to me. In any case, it’s a vast improvement over what’s there now.

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