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  • justinbc

    They rendered the street car in the wrong lane 😉

  • An enormous block long version of just about every other recent building in DC.

  • That looks almost exactly as the building on 14th St and Wallach.

    • That’s the point. They got a blueprint of generic “luxury” buildings that they are going to slap up all over this city, with some type of anchor retail on the ground floor (Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, the new “urban” Wal-Mart concepts, etc.)
      When people talk about “The Plan”, it’s not about whites displacing blacks. It’s always been about generic, quasi-high end development along under-utilized corridors throughout the city filled by a populace of young urban professionals. It’s a 25-year plan that’s finally kicked into overdrive. Anacostia is next.

      • I wouldn’t be so quick on Anacostia. For instance, Douglas chose to redevelop the Hechts warehouse before sinking its roots into Anacostia. No metro, no amenities whatsoever.

        • Fair point on Hecht’s; you’re right, that’s next in line for massive changes within in the medium-term (next 2 or 3 years). The renderings for that project are BANANAS.
          Anacostia (near the Metro station) are a longer term project. That’s at the tail end of the long-term development The Plan.

        • I’m sure before Georgetown re-developed, you said the same thing. SMH.

      • “When people talk about “The Plan”, it’s not about whites displacing blacks.”

        Yes, it is. At least it is for everyone who I’ve heard use that phrase IRL.

        • +1. I’ve only ever heard it used in a pejorative sense, as described above.

          • Wow, MY comment about DC’s coming recession gets moderated out of existence, but we can talk about the oligarchical/corporatist “Plan” without getting our knuckles rapped. Interesting.

          • Oops, meant as a response to Anonymous below.

          • nobody on this blog wants to acknowledge the bubble that is DC Real Estate, especially not the moderator who probably makes more money on ads for realtors than anything else….

        • That’s how local, longtime, working class city residents perceive it.
          But if you talk to anyone of the Local Elites (politicos, developers, lawyers, property owners, community bankers/The Money Men, etc.) it’s always been about redevelopment and using government institutions to further that cause. Anthony Williams & his team realized that they were sitting on a gold mine and set up a political structure that would outlast Williams to reward property development. It didn’t hurt that the War on Terror happened to coincide with this plan and brought billions into the city. The Plan really is to take property that has been long owned by certain individuals and make it worth A LOT more for private actors via public investment. Start first with Logan Circle, then work your way east.

  • “Blows my mind?” This is pretty commonplace and looks like every other major development in the city, with more to come.

    • It’s more about perspective from the dump that exists currently.

    • agreed. Look at the areas north/east of chinatown which have been filled block after block with towering apartments and buildings like these. Incredibly dull and lifeless blocks, boring to walk through, boring to live in. This is what’s coming for DC, and nothing can be done to stop it. It doesn’t matter how many cookie cutter ‘fancy’ restaurants with brunch open to keep you a little buzzed – development in this city is destructive and boring, and I have no idea why anyone would think a giant brick building is better than a neighborhood grocery store… but many seem to…

      • For the record, this wasnt really a neighborhood grocery store but a public health hazard selling frozen fried foods and expired canned good. The self storage place place was equally gross. There are many blocks worth saving for neighborhood color, but this (and H Street Connection) arent on that list.

        I wonder if the neighborhood could push to have them make the design a little more quirky. This is so nondescript, and H Street can handle quirky. Have a little more fun with the design.

        • justinbc

          After seeing the old photos of the Apollo Theater they’re stealing the name from I was really disappointed not to see that architecture honored some way in the design.

        • it’s tough to defend what this development will replace, but I can still be uninspired by this development

      • justinbc

        Are people from the neighborhood not going to be allowed to shop at the forthcoming Whole Foods grocery store?

        • I wouldn’t call a whole foods a ‘neighborhood grocery store’… I’m thinking something more like Rodman’s in friendship heights (which I acknowledge Murry’s was not…. but could have been). Rodman’s makes the neighborhood special, a whole foods just makes it convenient…. and whole foods also turns people a little crazy, impatient, and rude.

      • boring to live in is right, not to mention way priced.

      • Have you ever shopped at Murry’s? LMAO @ “neighborhood grocery store.” More like neighborhood post-apocalyptic hovel

        • janie4

          You could not even buy a 26 oz container of salt at Murry’s -the big kind you measure out salt into your pot of water or really cook from. You could get a table shaker. That’s not a grocery store – that’s a stick up joint. There are bodegas that were really illegal fronts for something I’d rather go to.

      • But the tranny hookers are still in that neighborhood! It’s not boring, not late at night/early in the morning, at least. Frankly I’ll take dull and lifeless architecture over burnt-out warzones with drug zombies any day. That’s what the area NE of Chinatown used to be.

  • I look forward to be running over by an army of ATVs racing on the sidewalk while I carry my reusable bag filled with organic kale and granola.

  • H St. looks like it’s on its way to looking indistinguishable from P St (save for the streetcar).

    • And that – as non-bespoke as it may seem – is infinitely better than present day H St NE. Fear not though: Apollo/Whole Foods won’t be delivered until 2nd quarter 2017, so it won’t go up overnight. After that there is still the eyesore H Street Connection at 8th and H which needs to be torn down – if indeed Rappaport will actually proceed with the redevelopment of that site and their promises to the community since 2008. RAppaport is conspicuously silent on updates and progress (see their website) and/or vague and their PUD filings/ANC discussions a year or so ago requested a further delay rather than giving dates and progress timelines….

      • A couple items to note:
        1) Whole Foods is schedule to deliver 1Q2016 according to the Development Manager for Insight.
        2) Rappaport just got an $11M pre-development loan to begin demo and site work for H Street Connection so there is progress.
        3) Rumor is that Stephen Starr is looking at H Street and 14th Street for his next DC restaurant
        4) The Maryland Condos and Wall Development Condos have huge waiting lists.
        5) Trolley will be up and running once the eastern terminus station is complete

        H Street is on its way

        • Great news about the Maryland Condos filling up. I can’t wait until they’re occupied and that corner has some more foot traffic.

        • Hi. I was excited to hear your item 2 above. Thanks for that.

          You are mistaken, however, about the delivery dates. The building will be delivered 4th quarter 2016 and some residents can move in at that time but there will still be work going on to kit out the Whole Foods and other retail spaces which won’t be finalised until 2nd Q 2017. Check out this week’s article in the Washington Business Journal which cites Insight.

          As for Starrs, I saw that news piece but rumours are easy to create and if he doesn’t hurry up there won’t be any good-looking old style buildings with corner spots (and meeting those other criteria that he has) left. I doubt he would put his restaurant anywhere higher in the street numbers than H and 10th.

  • This marketing is REALLY tone-deaf. I’m glad the Apollo development is coming; it will unquestionably be an improvement for the neighborhood. But a “haven” means “a place of refuge or safety.” This place already represents many of the worst fears of residents who feel that they are actively displaced. And now its own marketing team implicitly accuses the neighborhood of being unsafe and a place you need to hide from. I’m sure it’s just a 20-year-old intern running their Twitter account but I’m also sure the language accurately reflects their institutional attitudes and assumptions.

  • Very boring. Looks just like “NOMA”.

  • Look pretty good even with its “new building” look. I like the combo of red brick with windows with checkered black frames. I’ve seen a lot worse. Not all new construction is designed equally, but this one looks pretty good.

  • You could call it a repetitious look or you could call it a “Washington Style”. I am sure people the past thought all the Wardman row houses were repetitious, but now we appreciate them for creating a unified ‘look’. To take the point to an extreme, some of the most beautiful cities in the world – Paris, Vienna, Bath – feature architecture that can be quite repetitious. In the case of recent DC buildings, time will tell, of course, but on the whole, I am happy things are happening particularly on H St and other areas that have been neglected for too long.

  • I agree that a lot of the developments in DC are cookie-cutter boxes, but much more blame should be placed on DC-gov/proponents of the height requirement. While I like DC’s low buildings, the city has astronomical land prices and developers are naturally going to try to maximize square footage. Foregoing a couple of units to create some awesome angled structure could mean a loss of a couple million – hard to swallow considering land value, construction costs, union wages, etc.

    That said, using red brick is a cheap cop out. At least mix up the facade a la city center.

  • Rumor has it that Whole Foods backed out of the deal and Safeway will take it’s place. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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