New Navy Yard Development, ‘F1rst’ to have a 325 rental apartments, Marriott Residence Inn, Taylor Gourmet, Chop’t and more

Rendering courtesy Grosvenor Americas

From a press release:

““F1RST” on First Street SE to have Marriott Residence Inn Taylor Gourmet, Chop’t plus other retail

Grosvenor Americas (Grosvenor), a property development and investment company with 1.9 million square feet of office, retail, and hotel space in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, today, in partnership with McCaffery Interests, unveiled the brand of their new mixed-use development at the Capitol Riverfront in southeast D.C.

F1RST, located directly north of Washington Nationals baseball stadium in the newly revitalized Capitol Riverfront District, will be a 450,000 square foot, mixed-use community designed by architect Hickok Cole that will offer 325 rental apartments, a 170-room Residence Inn by Marriott hotel and nearly 25,000 square feet of retail space adjacent to Nationals Park baseball stadium.

“The Capitol Riverfront District has emerged as a prime example of a neighborhood that represents D.C.’s urban renaissance,” said James Patillo, chief development officer of Grosvenor Americas. “We saw a similar vibrancy when we developed District Apartments along the 14th Street corridor and we are excited to embark on our next development, F1RST. The project is uniquely located as it has an intimate outdoor rooftop theatre with a view of the ballpark, in addition to the highest quality interiors and amenities. With our partners McCaffery Interests and Clark Enterprises we are creating a community that embraces the adjacent Nationals Stadium, the riverfront trails, Yards Park and the growing vibrancy of southeast D.C.”

The site of F1RST is two blocks from Navy Yard Metro Station and bus stops, within walking distance of both a Harris Teeter grocery store and the future site of a Whole Foods, as well as a growing number of boutique restaurants and breweries.

During today’s unveiling ceremony, Grosvenor stated that the project’s name was inspired by the area’s cultural and lifestyle components. The creative philosophy behind FIRST’s campaign is where the best things in life come together. The tagline “Everything Starts at F1RST” represents the desire for F1RST to become a destination connecting individuals to amenities not just within the building, but within the growing neighborhood.”

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  • palisades

    Dat outdated Nats logo tho

  • It’s a bit of a bummer that they designed the stadium with two huge parking garages in front of it. I know that burying the parking is probably not an option in the short-term, but please get rid of them in a decade.

    • Yeah, I feel the same way. I always thought it was odd to block the view from the ballpark like they did, but maybe I’m just spoiled coming from Pittsburgh – the city with the best ballpark view in America.

    • If I remember correctly, the original plan was to build them underground when they were constructing the stadium. But as the price tag increased, they decided to build them above ground as a cost cutting measure. I agree with you, I think they need to go. Maybe do one at a time to minimize the impact? There could be a much better use for that space.

    • They should at least put retail on the ground of the garages, so it *seems* like they’re actual buildings.

  • It’s one of those inevitable conversations that always dominate development in DC – parking. At the time the stadium was built (and admittedly the area wasn’t well developed, but the DOT was already down there – it was by no means a brownfield site) people argued that DC wasn’t a “baseball town” and that suburbanites wouldn’t go to “Anacostia” to watch baseball (because the ballpark is located in SE, rumor had it that the ballpark was located in Anacostia, despite the fact that it’s actually west of the river anyway). So they built these multi-story car parks next to the stadium to appease those fearful of walking through “SE DC.”
    Same theory is obviously true for the Columbia Heights/DC USA development (expensive, under utilized underground parking required by mall developers who refused to believe that anyone would carry a 24 roll pack of TP on the metro or walk the 7 blocks to their apartment building).
    It’s also true for the streetcar/H Street NE where the city refused to create a dedicated street car lane at the expense of on street parking, when (like it or not) clearly the H St development is aimed at urbanite/millennial/call-’em-what-you-like types who don’t care about parking, or VA bro types (also call-’em-what-you-like) who don’t necessarily deserve convenient on-street parking)

    • Actually the parking lot in DC USA is very useful, but I agree the ballpark parking decks are an eyesore and it is something that will eventually need to come down eventually. Especially as the area develops. I would love some buildings in the area, maybe a hotel like the blue jays.

  • It’s all about the money. Putting the parking underground would have helped with the view (though it’s really the office buildings past the garages that block the skyline) but if memory serves, underground would have cost more than twice as much and as we know, the owners are a bunch of cheapskates who won’t pay for extended metro, so don’t expect them to pony up to knock down the existing garages.

    • The owners of the ballclub are merely tenants of the stadium, which is owned by the District of Columbia. They don’t have a lot of say in what happens to the garages. Though I think that all along the idea was that they’d be redeveloped in the future, putting the parking underground.

  • I thought one of the original plans when they cited the stadium was to be able to see Washington from home plate. Of course Lerner is a big time property developer and I don’t think he cares about that so much. He and his competitors were always going to develop around the stadium in a way that some of the view was going to be blocked eventually.

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