13th and K Street, NW

From a press release:

“Mayor Muriel Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner announced today that the District received four responses to the Request for Proposals (RFP) for development of the former Franklin School in Ward 2. All four teams possess extensive commercial-development expertise in the District, which will ensure a competitive review process for selection of the site’s developer. Earlier this year, the Bowser Administration reissued the RFP process after canceling tentative plans by a developer to use the property as a contemporary art space.

“I am pleased with the submissions the District received for the restoration of the historic Franklin School,” said Mayor Bowser. “In reissuing the RFP, my goal was to facilitate a financially viable development that has the potential to create jobs and contribute to the District’s economy. With these submissions, we are one step closer to making that goal a reality.”​

The four respondents to the RFQ are as follows:

· Aria Development Group
· Dantes Partners
· Friedman Capital Advisors, LLC
· Thoron Capital, LLC

The RFP was issued by DMPED on August 21, 2015 following a Request for Qualifications to qualify respondents for their development experience and financial capacity to oversee the redevelopment. Responses to the RFP were limited to the teams qualified in the RFQ, and responses were received on October 16, 2015. Response teams vary in their experience and proposed uses, yet many – if not most – consist of an array of significant development, architectural design, construction management, and historic design firms.

The diverse range of proposed uses includes hospitality, office, higher education, arts and creative, as well as training and workforce development opportunities and job creation. (more…)

45 Rhode Island Ave, NE

A reader reports on this regularly nominated house of the day:

“There are dumpsters and scaffolding surrounding the castle-looking house on 45 Rhode Island Ave NE. After sitting around empty for a very long time, it looks like someone is finally doing something to it. Wondering if you heard anything about it? Probably condos? I always though it would fall down before anyone did anything…”


From a press release:

“Lima Hotels, a new company established by Washington, DC developer Habte Sequar, plans to develop a 14-story building on the corner of 4th and K Streets, NW in downtown Washington, DC. Scheduled to break ground in mid-2016, the high-rise structure will have 200 hotel rooms on the first through 11th floors, topped by 30 apartment homes on the 12th through 14th floors.

Lima is in the process of identifying a management company and flag for the as yet unnamed hotel. An architectural design team, composed of PGN Architects and Gordon & Greenberg, already is on board.

The site at 317 K Street, NW is located within the 15-square-block Mount Vernon Triangle in Washington’s East End. A small commercial building and auto body shop on the site will be demolished.”

1125 Spring Road, NW

From the Petworth listserv:

“Many of you will remember the community conversation about affordable housing at the redevelopment of the old Hebrew Home (1125 Spring Rd NW) last year. At the time, then-mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser facilitated a series of very public and transparent community meetings revealing an overwhelming consensus in support of affordable housing in the redeveloped property.

The result was a plan for the building to have 90% of its units be affordable, at a range from working class affordability to more middle-class affordable units, including some prioritized for seniors. You can see those plans here. These are units that would house people to work in our neighborhood restaurants, cafes, schools, grocery stores, barber shops, and more – valued members of our community. (more…)

Photo by PoPville flickr user mosley.brian

From Events DC:

“Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia announced today that OMA, a globally-recognized architecture firm has been selected to develop both short and long-term redevelopment concepts for the future usage of the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus. In collaboration with Brailsford and Dunlavey (B&D) and the existing subcontractors who are part of the team conducting the RFK Campus site and market analysis study, OMA will develop a holistic conceptual plan for the iconic Campus located in the Southeast corridor of the District.

“On behalf of Events DC, we are tremendously excited about bringing OMA on board to help us reimagine the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus. OMA will help us develop both short and long-term redevelopment concepts for this important site in our nation’s capital,” said Max Brown, chairman of Events DC Board of Directors. “They will bring world-class credentials and ideas to this effort and we are looking forward to working with all our stakeholders on this important effort.”

OMA’s conceptual designs will address connectivity across the 190 acre site – while creating a sense of place for the Campus that resonates with the surrounding community and across the District. It is our shared goal that OMA will deliver conceptual plans for the entire Campus that create axis points and public areas of convergence from which residents and visitors can benefit. The conceptual concepts will be available and made public in mid-January 2016.

This project continues OMA’s urban engagement with Washington, DC, following their award of the 11th Street Bridge Park in 2014. The project is a public park elevated over the Anacostia River that connects two historically disparate sides of the river with a series of outdoor programmed spaces and active zones. (more…)