rendering courtesy whitman-walker

From Whitman-Walker:

“As we announced in January, we have selected Selldorf Architects for this project.

We will have more details to announce regarding this project following our presentation to the Historical Presentation Review Board in late May. Here is the most current information on the development:

  • Whitman-Walker Health is now embarking on its joint venture redevelopment of the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center site located between R and Riggs Street NW on 14th Street NW.  We have partnered with Fivesquares Development, a DC-based firm, on this mission-critical project.  Whitman-Walker Health retains majority ownership interest of the joint venture project to ensure that this redevelopment meets our long-term mission and financial interests.  We have retained Selldorf Architects of New York City, led by Annabelle Selldorf, an internationally renowned architect, to design the project.
  • The project will contribute to Whitman-Walker Health’s overall sustainability by providing financial value to support our mission of caring for many years to come.
  • The project design will provide for approximately 155,000 gross square feet of mixed used development.  A key design element is the preservation of the two contributing buildings—including the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center– that are currently located on the site.  The project design includes the following major elements:


dc united
Photo by PoPville flickr userBrian Mosley

From the Mayor’s office:

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser was joined by D.C. United, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the Director of the Department of General Services and other District officials for an infrastructure groundbreaking in preparation for the new soccer stadium at Buzzard Point, in Ward 6.

“Buzzard Point’s future is bright, and this soccer stadium will make it that much brighter,” said Mayor Bowser. “Today’s demolition represents the first step toward revitalizing an overlooked area of the District that will spur economic activity on the banks of the Anacostia, hire residents for good paying jobs, and give more Washingtonians a fair shot. We are proud of our hometown soccer team, and we are now one step closer to having a new home for D.C. United.”

The $300 million state-of-the-art facility is a public-private partnership that will create nearly 900 job opportunities for District residents, and strengthen the city’s commitment to community and fan engagement. Training, apprenticeships, and workforce development opportunities will be provided to connect neighborhood residents to jobs stemming from this project. (more…)


“Dear PoPville,

Not sure if you have heard that the Eckington Civic Association (ECA) has decided to vote on pursuing historic designation for Eckington. This is becoming a somewhat heated issue for the neighborhood with people having strong opinions on all sides. Mostly this seems to be an anti-pop up effort by a few people (despite the 35 ft cap that’s already in R4).

They have just announced they are starting with a survey and based on the results of that survey, those who belong to the ECA will get to vote on pursuing historic. There’s not much information being shared on how many people have to respond to the survey, what the survey will actually ask, and what results will allow the ECA to move forward and vote. It’s definitely upsetting to some of us that not all residents can vote, only those who paid to be ECA members vote… (more…)
Rendering of 13th and H Street, NE via S-2 Development

S-2 Development’s website says:

“The southeastern corner of 13th and H Street NE will be transformed with a brand-new mixed use development. Featuring two floors of commercial space, the ground floor of which will have soaring ceilings and Bay windows. Above this, 1301 H will provide nine luxury residences all with two baths and Three Bedrooms or two bedrooms and a den. These spacious homes will feature open-chef’s kitchens, floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed masonry, and views of Capitol Hill and H Street. S2 Development is thrilled to be contributing to the spectacular transformation of the H Street Corridor.”



1301 H Street, NE

Photo by PoPville flickr user Thomas Dooley

“Dear PoPville,

Have you been following the Adams Morgan SunTrust plaza redevelopment discussions? Obviously its an eyesore as it currently exists, but it will be a real bummer if we lose the farmers market.

Here’s a message from Star Hollow Farm, which has a CSA drop off there year-round and participates in the farmers market in season.”

SunTrust Plaza – Community Meeting on April 20th at 7:00 PM

Hello CSA members,

We are writing to provide an update concerning developer PN Hoffman’s proposed plans for the SunTrust property where we have our market and CSA handouts.  PN Hoffman has submitted revised plans to ANC1C, which can be viewed here, under the “revised design drawings” link (it takes about a minute to download):

Plans were revised based on public input re maintaining the farmers market and open space, which the developer learned there was strong interest in. While the revised plans preserve a small plaza, that space will be used primarily by PN Hoffman’s own commercial tenant, and does not leave any room whatsoever to host our weekly farmers market or the other community uses to which the space is put from time to time. As such, the revised plan fails to comply with the multi-year “Envision Adams Morgan” community planning process that included the following recommendation: (more…)

2660 Woodley Rd, NW

Neighborhood resident, Michael Drohan, reports on last night’s meeting:

“I checked out the Woodley Park Community Association’s meeting tonight, where JBG shared their long term plans for the redevelopment of the Wardman Park site. Overall, a very informative presentation I thought, and JBG has some ambitious plans that, for the most part, seemed to be cautiously welcomed by the community. I.e. no one is mourning the loss of the eyesore Marriott, but of course concerned what the influx of housing for 6000 new neighborhood residents (roughly doubling the size of Woodley Park) means to things like parking availability and schools.


JBG has set up a detailed website on the plans,, and handed me a press release, attached. Some other high level notes and observations: (more…)

9th and L St, NW

A reader reports on one of the last blighted corners near the Convention Center:

“Construction fencing has been erected around the Marriott Development project at 9th & L Sts NW. A surveyor team was on site too. Can’t wait to see this site developed.”

Capstone Development previously posted:

“Capstone, along with its partner Quadrangle Development, is currently developing a mixed use project on a site located at 9th Street NW and L Street NW. The $230 million project includes a 310-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel, a 190-room Residence Inn by Marriott hotel, and 230 residential units. The project is located in the Shaw Historic district and includes the redevelopment of a number of historic buildings located along 9th Street NW. Capstone recently completed the PUD process and is currently overseeing the design and financing of the project, which is projected to break ground in 2015.”

Cooper Carry adds:

“In addition, the Lurgen, an historic apartment building on L Street will be completed renovated and repositioned and finally, a civil war era home will be relocated along L Street approximately 30 feet in order to maximize its potential within the design. The project will be supported with two levels of underground parking. Approximately 3,000 GSF of ground floor retail will be placed in three of the townhomes.”

The projected breaking ground was a bit off but check out the renderings: (more…)


From a press release:

“Grosvenor Americas, a property investment and development company, today released a rooftop rendering of their F1RST residential community in Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. The rendering reveals the District’s first rooftop stadium-seating view into Nationals Park. F1RST will deliver in early 2017. [1277 First Street, SE]

“F1RST will be the first residential community in the Capitol Riverfront with expansive views into Nats Park,” said Jonathan Carr, senior vice president of development for Grosvenor’s D.C. office. “Next year, F1RST residents can be a part of Opening Day by relaxing at home – on their rooftop. The F1RST rooftop will be a fantastic environment for the residents.”

F1RST is designed to LEED Silver and will offer 325 rental apartments, of which 50 will be offered at below market rental rates. F1RST not only provides an outdoor rooftop theatre for residents, but the 450,000-square-foot mixed-used development will also provide an array of amenities including a rooftop pool and hot tub, full-service concierge staff and a 2,300-square-foot fitness center. The development also includes a 170-room Residence Inn by Marriott and over 24,000 square feet of retail space – where Taylor Gourmet and Chop’t are already confirmed. (more…)

main streets
Photo by PoPville flickr user Erin

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced three new members to the DC Main Streets program: Destination Congress Heights, Tenleytown Main Streets, and Van Ness Main Streets.

“Main Streets helps local business corridors reach their full potential, by fostering smart growth and attracting new customers.” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “These three communities are prime for future success. My Administration will continue to invest in our neighborhood businesses because they, in turn, invest in our people.”

The mission of DC Main Streets is to lead sustainable, community-driven revitalization programs that promote economic development, strengthen their neighborhoods and improve the quality of life for residents. A program of the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), DC Main Streets serves as the citywide coordinating program that provides services and funding for the 10 Main Streets programs in the District of Columbia. These programs revitalize communities by retaining and recruiting businesses, improving commercial properties and streetscapes, and attracting consumers. (more…)