“In the heart of the District’s most vibrant neighborhood: 51 incomparable boutique apartments beautifully arranged within the historical context of a 1920’s era Studebaker car dealership and three 1880’s townhouses. The Mission marries an industrial and rustic vibe with refined sensibilities to create a place where you will want to spend time even if you don’t have the time.”
I took a peek inside the former Central Union Mission (now located in the newly renovated Gales School near Union Station) and future home of Shinola (currently in a temp space across the street), have a look inside the new apartments:
So as far as exciting news goes this is pretty awesome for the development of the 9th Street corridor.
The long vacant buildings along 9th and across L Street NW are up for a zoning hearing. I was bored at work and mapped all the lots (very bored)! LOL.
The zoning notice says a Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott.
This development includes 1116 – 1104 9th St., 911 to 929 L Street NW AND two parcels behind 919 L St NW that have a Shepards Court NW address.”
“1000 F Street NW will be a boutique, trophy quality new 11-story office and retail building located near Metro Center in the heart of Washington, DC’s East End/Penn Quarter neighborhood. The development includes ten levels of office space, ground floor retail with two levels of below grade parking. The project incorporates a two-story designated historic structure at the corner of 10th and F Streets, the facades of which will be restored and the interior completely renovated and fuilly integrated with the contemporary building.
Designed by the highly acclaimed architectural firm Shalom Baranes Associates, this building will seeks to achieve a minimum of a LEED Silver rating. The two primary street facades of the building will be clad with high performance curtain walls composed of terra cotta and metal panels with extensive portions of vision glazing accented by horizontal metal sunscreens. The building will feature multiple outdoor terraces and green roofs tops.”
The nonprofit Arts Coalition for the Dupont Underground (ACDU) announced today that it has signed a 66-month lease with the District of Columbia’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) for an abandoned 75,000-s.f. former trolley station below the streets of Dupont Circle, in the District’s Northwest quadrant.
Founded by architect Julian Hunt, co-principal of Hunt Laudi Studio, a D.C.-based architecture and urban design firm, the ACDU has been negotiating with DMPED for the lease since the group won a 2010 RFP from the city to redevelop the space. Hunt, who moved to the District in the mid-1990s and has been working to reopen the platforms and tunnels for more than a decade, was inspired by the years he spent living and working in Barcelona, where architects and artists have played a crucial role in shaping that city’s physical and cultural growth.
“I didn’t find the same kind of energy and conversation going on here,” said Hunt. “My first effort was to launch a critical journal, but when I discovered the old trolley station, I realized that I had stumbled onto a compelling, vital place to make something happen right below one of the District’s iconic public spaces.” (more…)
“On Monday, December 15, EastBanc, Inc. will break ground and begin construction on the highly anticipated West End Library and Fire Station project at 2301 L St, NW. The official groundbreaking ceremony is open to the public and hosted by DC Mayor Vincent Gray and numerous city officials and community leaders.
Plans for EastBanc’s West End Library and Fire Station development project call for a new 21,000-square-foot library and 7,300 square feet of retail topped by 164 market-rate units – 71 condos and 93 rentals – and a new fire station topped by 55 affordable units and Squash on Fire — a state-of-art squash facility with eight courts and full-service restaurant.
On March 11, 2010 Mayor Fenty selected EastBanc W.D.C Partners to redevelop the District’s West End Library, Police Special Operations Building, and Fire Station. Over the last several years, EastBanc worked closely with Mayor Gray’s administration and the community to plan, design, and entitle two buildings to house a new library, residential condominiums, and retail space on Square 37, and a new fire station with affordable housing above, on Square 50. The company is committed to bringing more residents to the West End neighborhood, expanding retail offerings and delivering world-class architecture. EastBanc has engaged world-renowned architect Enrique Norten of T.E.N. Arquitectos of Mexico City to design both buildings.
Both complexes are being built as a public-private partnership between the District of Columbia, EastBanc, The JBG Companies and Clark Enterprises. The project has received enthusiastic support from the DCPL, DCFEMS, ANC 2A, U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the West End/Foggy Bottom communities as a whole.”
“I am pleased the Council voted today to move my soccer stadium proposal forward; however, the funding mechanism the Chairman advanced in a separate bill is clearly unlawful. As the Office of Attorney General has opined, and the Chief Financial Officer has agreed, that bill is void.
“Later this week, I will transmit to the Council for approval a list of reprogrammings – developed with the Mayor-elect and certified by the Chief Financial Officer – that will lawfully finance the stadium and allow construction to move forward.”
“Mayor-Elect Muriel Bowser issued the following statement regarding the unanimous Council approval of the new D.C. soccer stadium deal:
“The future of a brand new soccer stadium took a big step towards becoming a reality today. I am thankful to my Council colleagues for stepping up to support a deal that treats all stakeholders fairly and promotes an open and transparent process for District taxpayers. De-linking the Reeves Center means more community input and a deal that will be made on the District’s terms. I am confident that together with Mayor Gray and Chairman Mendelson, we will be able to finance a facility that will create jobs, spur development, and provide quality housing for more residents for years to come.”
“Union Market developer Edens has a signed lease for a 20,000-square-foot Latin market, according to a letter submitted to the D.C. Zoning Commission last month. We’re hearing the market will be a new concept from Philadelphia-based chef Jose Garces that will offer a range of Latin groceries and prepared foods.”