More Big NoMa News – Check Out a Rendering for The Highline at Union Market hoping to come in late 2018

Highline at Union Market Rendering 1-29-15
Rendering of 320 Florida Ave, NE courtesy L2 Development

From a press release:

“Level 2 Development, LLC (Level 2) filed a Planned Unit Development (PUD) Application with the Zoning Commission for their latest project, The Highline at Union Market, a 315 unit mixed-use apartment building with 8,472 square feet of retail at the front steps to the burgeoning Union Market district in Washington, DC. Located one block from the NoMa/Gallaudet Red Line Metro Station at 320 Florida Ave., NE, The Highline at Union Market will connect the NoMa and Union Market neighborhoods. The project is a joint venture of Level 2 Development and Clark Enterprises, Inc.

Designed by Eric Colbert & Associates, the modern-industrial architectural design integrates warehouse-style windows with industrial-framed glass cubes that weave in and out of the Florida Avenue façade at varying depths. “We set out to design a building that considered the adjacent rail uses as well as the industrial and commercial uses of Union Market, drawing on inspiration from New York City’s High Line and Meatpacking District,” said Level 2 Principal David Franco. Other unique elements of the design include materials reminiscent of rail cars, and steel columns that echo the riveted steel supports of the nearby railroad underpass.

The PUD offers a range of public benefits, including a proposed green space and public plaza at the adjacent D.C. Government-owned land. Level 2 received votes in support of its conceptual plans for these landscape improvements from Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) 5D and 6C. ANC 5D stated in its letter of support that “the proposed improvements to the District-owned land would greatly contribute to the safety and connectivity of the Union Market and NoMa neighborhoods, and will serve as a much needed improvement to the land, which is currently overgrown, littered with trash, and generally neglected.” Level 2 Development plans to continue to work closely with the community and Office of Planning during the PUD process.

In addition, the PUD expands housing opportunities in the Union Market area, offering 8% of the residential square feet as affordable dwelling units.

The transit-oriented project will include sustainable features equivalent to LEED Silver, including a green roof, bioretention facility, energy-efficient building design, and 105 bicycle parking spaces for residents and employees.

“Union Market is a special place with rich history and we are excited to be a part of it,” said Jeff Blum, Level 2 Principal.

Level 2 anticipates a groundbreaking in late 2016, with a projected opening in late 2018.”

25 Comment

  • justinbc

    They also released new designs of the project that’s going in next to it on 4th Street. Not a fan of the design changes on that one.

  • This seems like a nice project, but its title is totally misleading. I thought there would be some sort of High Line type project here, not just a building with design elements that draw on rail yards. 🙁
    I do appreciate that there will be public space as part of the project.

    • justinbc

      The headline is not misleading. The High Line is the actual name of the building.

      • I understand that. That’s why I said that the title of the project is misleading (“its” refers to the project, not the post).

    • I’m sure it’s “misleading” by design. The developers are trying to cash-in on the cache of NYC’s Highline.

      • Yeah, I agree. But its effect is to just leave me disappointed, where I would have otherwise been pretty excited about this.

        • Can’t please them all I guess. I, for one, am very excited about this project moving forward, even without an elevated terrace for yuppies.

  • I’m glad to see this is going through. Will be a vast improvement to the field of garbage sitting out there every day. Also would feel a lot more walkable in general. However, with the scope of this project, I wonder how its going to play out with the wholesale district right next door? I imagine the people developing this project are betting on some kind of shift that takes the businesses in Union Market [not the new one] somewhere else so they can keep expanding.
    I’ll rebel if they take away the only decent home style korean food place in DC from me though.

    • I guess you haven’t heard about all of the planned development in Union Market (check out dc urbanturf for a rundown).

      • well it looks like RIP to the korean restaurant. Still, I wonder where the wholesalers will move? Hard to think of a more convenient location for them.

        • A lot of those buildings are historic and won’t be touched. I believe it’s specifically the ones with the “spires” on top of em (easiest to see from the Metro).

        • What’s the name of the Korean restaurant? I thought all those truck-loading spots were just well, truck-loading spots.

  • They need to focus on condos not apartments and not just condos but larger foot print condos. This area can totally support family size units. This developer is the same one who just developed those micro units on 14th and is planning same idea for here….big ole ughhhhh.

  • really? Couldn’t come up with an original name and had to rip off the name of coolest project in NYC or possibly the entire east coast for that matter? Hopefully developers come up with some original design ideas instead of just stealing those too. Lame.

  • Oh No!!! is the drive thru Burger king going buh-bye??

  • The “High Line” name for this project is more appropriate than it seems! Between this site and the tracks is an oddly shaped DC-owned parcel that stretches from Florida to New York Avenues along the tracks.

    This project will provide a small park along a section of this, with future developers bringing the park further North later.

    This will eventually tie in to a new pedestrian & bike trail and linear park along New York Avenue NE heading towards the Arboretum taking advantage of some unused railroad right-of-way.

  • This looks a hell of a lot like the apartment block going up right by the 9:30 Club. More derivative architecture! Yay!

  • Are these rentals or condos? I hope they go for condos; so many of the new buildings going up in DC seem to be slated for rentals (which usually mean miniscule footprints for the units). I guess they are (accurately) banking on the fact that many young people and young families won’t have the downpayments to buy.

  • clevelanddave

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but one difference with the Highline in NYC is that the NYC Highline is build on/above/near abandoned tracks, whereas right behind this building are live metro and interconnector tracks. Seems like that might be a lot of noise.

    Just out of curiosity, would any PoPers actually consider moving into this part of town? I know there is some development here and there but it still seems really sketchy. I mean Union Market is great and all, and the Gallaudet Campus is nice, but the rest of it, particularly the old market and the stretch of NY Avenue from Florida to the highway entrance is really sketchy.

    • I’d live here in a heartbeat. You’re across the street from a metro stop, two blocks away from a grocery store, stone’s throw from Union Market proper, 10 minute walk to Bloomingdale, right on the 90s bus line that will take you anywhere from Adams Morgan, U St, H St, Eastern Market, Navy Yard, etc. Once these units go online in ~2017, this area will look nothing like it does now. Union Market will have 2-3 large-scale developments completed then, you’ll have your finished Uline with the ritzy REI. You’ll be a 10-15 minute walk from the new Whole Foods coming in on H st.
      tl/dr: yea, this is a great location and will only get better by the time the units are actually online

    • to be honest, i’d much rather live near union market than cleveland park.
      we all have different tolerances of “sketchy”, and different lifestyles and desires of neighborhoods.
      for me this area has far more to offer, more young people, and its easier to bike around. i lived in cleveland park for a short bit in the early 2000’s. and found it a bit dull. and my neighbors more reserved. though i did make it to the zoo more often

Comments are closed.