You can see a rendering of the planned development here.
“Park Van Ness (formerly Van Ness Square) has a prestigious and convenient Connecticut Avenue location, as well as a quiet park-like setting normally found only in the suburbs. The Company recently received demolition permits and expects to raze the existing structures beginning in the fourth quarter 2013.
The Company has entered into an arrangement with a general contractor and intends to develop a 271-unit residential project with approximately 9,000 square feet of street-level retail, below street-level structured parking, and amenities including a community room, landscaped courtyards, a fitness room and a rooftoop pool and deck. Construction is projected to be completed in late 2015.”
They’re ripping down some long abandoned buildings on the corner of Brandywine and Wisconsin! Do you happen or can you find out what (if anything) is going to be put there???”
This is the former Babe’s Billiards space. It is going to become Tenley View from Douglas Development:
“Tenley View is the most exciting mixed-used apartment project to hit Washington DC’s Tenleytown neighborhood in years. Located at the bustling intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Brandywine Street, the new building will include a modern, mid-rise atop the former Babe’s Billiards building. The property will feature over 19,000 square feet of retail on the lower two levels and five levels of apartment units. This project was the first new construction residential development in the District of Columbia to receive approval to be built without any parking at all. The new building will be marketed to residents who rely on the close proximity to Metro service just one block away.
68,500 rentable square feet (18,783 sf retail; 49,717 sf residential)
Historic building built 1949; Acquired 2009; Redevelopment 2013-2014
60 rental apartment units
Metro Access: One block from Tenleytown (Red Line)”
“The commission, the congressionally-charted planning panel for the national capital region, rejected a recommendation from its own staff to retain Height Act limits inside the traditional L’Enfant City while allowing the District to determine height maximums on the city’s outer edges through the Comprehensive Plan process.”
From the DC Office of Planning:
“The DC Office of Planning (OP) announced the release of the District of Columbia’s final recommendations for the congressionally-requested Height Master Plan. The District is recommending reasonable and modest modifications to the Height Act that would give the District more autonomy to set different building height maximums through a collaborative future Comprehensive Plan process with the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), local citizens and the Council of the District of Columbia in limited areas in the city – while respecting the significant federal interest within the L’Enfant City.
This approach shifts more decision-making to local control – especially in areas where the federal interest is less significant – in order to accommodate future population growth while at the same time protecting prominent national monuments, memorials, and the unique character of local neighborhoods. Doing so will ensure a more prosperous, diverse, and vibrant District of Columbia, where District residents enjoy a diversified, stronger, and more resilient economy and the District’s social and economic diversity is protected. The alternative—of retaining unchanged a century-old law that artificially constrains the city’s ability to accommodate growth—will place the District on the path of becoming a city comprised primarily of national monuments, surrounded by exclusive neighborhoods affordable only to the very few.
The District received a number of public comments expressing concerns about or opposition to raising heights now. The District’s intent is not to raise height with its recommendations. Rather, the District is asking Congress to give it the ability under the Height Act to make these determinations in consultation with its residents in the future.
The District proposes the following final recommendations to modify the Height Act (more…)
“Quadrangle Development Corporation and The Wilkes Company announce the completion and opening of Lyric 440K, a 234-unit, 14-floor luxury residential building, and the team’s fifth building in the two million square foot, mixed-use community in the Mount Vernon Triangle. Lyric 440K offers a mix of 182 one-bedroom, 26 one-bedroom with den, and 26 two-bedroom apartments along with resort-inspired amenities.
Lyric 440K features a porcelain rain screen exterior, creating a stylish street presence as well as energy efficiency. A distinctive architectural element designed as an ALPOLIC metal “fin” graces the façade of the building. The high tech prismatic finish creates an iridescent effect similar to dragon fly wings, with the color of the fin evolving through shades of blue, pink, green and violet as the light changes depending on your vantage point.
Lyric 440K includes:
Elegant lobby with 24-hour front desk service
Two-tier pool with lap lane
Elegantly landscaped roof deck with fire pit, water features and large indoor social space
Second floor secluded tranquility garden and outdoor fireplace
State-of-the-art fitness center with cardio theater
WiFi available in all common areas
Valet dry cleaning service
Gated access to underground garage parking and bicycle storage room
Exclusive on-site ZipCar
Apartment features include:
Floor-to-ceiling windows and abundant natural light
Italian Atlas Concorde tile flooring
Gourmet kitchens with double sinks, granite countertops and espresso cabinetry
Built-in wine racks and stainless steel appliances
Full-size washer and dryer
Balconies and private courtyards
As for the retail part they are looking for:
“a small-format gourmet market, artisanal coffeehouse, specialty wine shoppe as well as a full-service restaurant with market and butcher or bakery component.”
“The following recommendation is proposed onlyfor areas outside of the L’Enfant City. The purpose of this recommendation is to balance the long-term potential growth needs of the city with the importance of protecting the integrity of the form and character of the nation’s capital, including federal interests and local communities.
The limits currently established in the federal Height Act should remain in place unless and until the District completes an update to the District Elements of the Comprehensive Plan where targeted area(s) that meet specific planning goals and also do not impact federal interests that are identified. Under this recommendation, building heights in targeted areas may be proposed to exceed the maximums under the federal law; and these may be authorized through the existing Comprehensive Plan process, pending Congressional approval. Should such targeted exceptions be authorized through the Comprehensive Plan, the Height Act would remain in place for all other areas both inside and outside of the L’Enfant City.”
Thanks to a reader for sending word that this Horse’s Ass Award nominee has applied for a raze permit. Rumors abound as to what will happen to the space. Those in the know tell me they hear plans of a restaurant/bar or possibly a small condo building as the lot behind the building goes with it as well. But these are just rumors at the moment. Updates as we learn more.
“The Hines-Urban Atlantic-Triden team was selected based on the strength and compatibility of their plan with the Reuse and Small Area Plans; their approach and ability to provide quality community benefits; their breadth of development and financial experience on complicated sites; and their development and financing capability.”
“The Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) former campus is located on the north end of the District, between 16th Street and Georgia Avenue. This location is approximately six blocks from the the District boundary at Eastern Avenue and about two miles south of Downtown Silver Spring.
The LRA Site occupies 66.57 acres of the 110.1-acre former campus. The remaining 43.53 acres on the eastern portion of campus will be occupied by Department of State (DOS). The LRA site has frontage on all 4 sides: Fern Street on the north, Georgia Avenue on the east, Aspen Street on the South, and 16th Street on the west, making the site readily accessible to the adjacent neighborhoods.”
“The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has announced that, for the first time in seven years, it is releasing a multi-site solicitation of properties for development into transit-oriented projects.
As the Washington region continues to grow, transit-oriented projects are increasingly attractive to both residents and businesses as a way of managing traffic congestion and improving quality of life for residents and employees. WMATA is planning to leverage this interest, along with favorable market conditions, to offer five developments sites.
WMATA issued requests for proposals for the following properties:
Navy Yard (Chiller Plant)
“These properties present excellent development opportunities,” said Metro General Manager and CEO, Richard Sarles. “The interest that has already been expressed in these sites is an indication of the crucial role Metro is playing in the growth of the region.”
WMATA is already a national leader among transit agencies in the field of private sector development on transit properties, what the industry calls “joint development.” Some two dozen projects have already been successfully completed in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, and several more are underway.
WMATA will be looking for quality developments with a focus on safe, walkable and attractive communities that work well with existing transit service. These projects will help achieve WMATA’s Momentum Strategic Plan of ensuring financial stability by generating increased ridership and rental income for Metro, and our goal of improving regional mobility and connecting communities.
Solicitations are posted online at wmata.com/realestate and will also be publicized through real estate organizations and trade publications.”
“Introducing the answer to what NoMa’s been missing. The living, breathing heart of the community. With its vibrant shops and restaurants, state-of-the-art workspaces, and sleek apartments, Storey Park will be at the center of NoMa in every way. This is where people will connect with each other. Now is your chance to be a part of it.”