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general rendering of The Wharf not specific to Phase 2

From a press release:

“Hoffman-Madison Waterfront (HMW), the developer of The Wharf, a $2 billion, mile-long neighborhood located on DC’s Southwest waterfront, today announced the architects and designers selected to design Phase 2 of the site.

The eleven architects comprise one of the most impressive lineups in the nation to design the ambitious second phase of The Wharf. When complete, Phase 2 of The Wharf will feature an additional 1.2 million square feet of mixed-use development including office, residential, marina, and retail space, as well as parks and public spaces, across an approximate half mile of waterfront.

Phase 1 is scheduled to open in October 2017. The groundbreaking for Phase 2 will take place in mid-2018, with an expected completion date in 2021.

“It is extraordinarily exciting to be able to announce the team we have selected to design Phase 2 of The Wharf,” said Shawn Seaman, AIA, Principal and Senior Vice President of Development of PN Hoffman. “We have selected a diverse group of locally, nationally, and internationally renowned designers, knowing they will bring their talent and expertise to The Wharf, building a waterfront neighborhood that is an integral part of the city.”

“As with everything connected to The Wharf, the architectural design team chosen for Phase 2 reflects our ongoing efforts to achieve excellence while creating a dynamic, authentic, and compelling community,” said Peter Cole, Managing Director of Madison Marquette.

District-headquartered Perkins Eastman DC, the master planner and master architect of The Wharf will continue this guiding role for Phase 2, channeling the collective vision to ensure that The Wharf is a beloved waterfront neighborhood for generations to come. The design firms selected for Phase 2 of The Wharf include: (more…)

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23rd and M St, NW

Like the way the building is turning out?

For those not familiar with the project:

“EastBanc’s Square 50 development will feature a 15,500-square-foot new, state-of-the-art West End Fire Station, a 54,300-square-foot Affordable Housing building with 55 units at 60 percent AMI or less along with six market-rate residential units and a one level garage with 24 parking spaces. The Square 50 mixed-use complex will also house Squash on Fire — a revolutionary world-class, tournament-ready squash facility with eight courts and a full-service restaurant.”

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13th and K Street, NW

Ed. Note: You can see previous proposals here.

From a press release:

“Today the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) announced the selection of Ann B. Friedman and Dantes Partners to lead the redevelopment of the historic Franklin School, located at the intersection of 13th Street NW and K Street NW in Ward 2. Delivering on the Bowser Administration’s commitment to the creative economy, the proposed development will transform the historic space into Planet Word, an interactive language arts museum and education space.

Planet Word is a one-of-a-kind project that delivers on our promise to invest in the arts in the most innovative of ways,” said Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian T. Kenner. “Developing the Franklin School into an interactive language center gives visitors and residents a unique learning experience, adds to the cultural fabric of our downtown, and is a great fit for the District’s growing creative economy.”

Planet Word’s mission is to inspire a love of words and language and increase literacy through a host of interactive exhibits and experiences. Along with the Mundolingua in Paris, Planet Word will be one of just a few fully-operational language museums globally. Initially inspired by MoMath, the National Museum of Mathematics in Manhattan, Ms. Friedman, with the support of her husband, Thomas L. Friedman, and a national board, has been developing plans for the museum for more than three years and is delighted to have found such an appropriate venue for the project and have the opportunity to restore the Franklin School to its former architectural glory. (more…)

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From a press release:

“Federal Capital Partners® (FCP) has entered into a joint venture with Level 2 Development, LLC and Clark Enterprises, Inc. to develop The Highline, a $100 million apartment community at 320 Florida Avenue, NE in Washington, DC. The community will be comprised of 318 luxury apartment homes including four penthouse units and approximately 10,000 square feet of first floor retail space.

“The Highline is an exciting opportunity in one of the most vibrant and exciting submarkets of Washington, DC,” said Wade Casstevens, FCP Senior Vice President. “We are particularly pleased to be developing this extraordinary project with Level 2 Development and Clark Enterprises, both strong local companies who have done an exceptional job of designing and planning The Highline over the last few years.” Level 2 and FCP recently completed Takoma Central, comprised of 150 premium apartment units above Busboys & Poets and next to the Takoma Metro Station in Takoma, Washington, DC.

Designed by Eric Colbert & Associates, the 12-story, modern-industrial architectural design integrates warehouse-style windows with industrial-framed glass cubes that weave in and out of the Florida Avenue façade at varying depths. The project was inspired by New York’s meatpacking district and the elevated park known as the High Line. Other unique elements of the design include materials reminiscent of rail cars, and steel columns that echo the riveted steel supports of the nearby railroad underpass. Located one block from the NoMa/Gallaudet Red Line Metro Station, The Highline at Union Market will provide a significant pedestrian connection between the NoMa and Union Market neighborhoods through a park it will build adjacent to the project. “This project embraces the history of the Union Market District as well as the railway, while setting a new standard of design for the area”, said David Franco, a principal at Level 2 Development. “We are looking forward to working again with FCP on the project.” (more…)

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2200 P Street, NW courtesy Westpark Tenant Association

From the Westpark Tenant Association:

“Here’s the story so far:

At the end of November, DC’s Historic Planning Office (HPO) issued its recommendation to the Preservation Review Board (HPRB) to decline Marx Realty’s plan to convert the landmarked service station into a MUD. The extant structure would have been relocated on the site and become some form of retail. (The Fine Arts Commission had previously given its approval.)

December 6, Marx tells the Sunoco to get out.

Yesterday (Tuesday 1/3) it’s emptied out and fence up. I haven’t been over there yet today to see what kind of progress has been made. A neighbor sent a video from this morning showing the canopies over the former pumps being demolished. (more…)

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Stitch Design Concept courtesy OMA

“Dear PoPville,

I am interested to hear what the community thinks. Tonight at the convention center EventsDC is hosting an open meeting to discuss the redevelopment of the RFK site. I’m torn as to whether their plans are a good thing or not. What are the pros or cons of their plan? Any other thoughts on the matter?”

RFK Stadium-Armory Campus Redvelopment Recommendations: Community Meeting

Thursday, January 5, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Room 146ABC
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place
Washington, DC 20001

After extensive planning, outreach, public input and involvement, Events DC is proud to present two concepts for the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus. Our vision for the Campus’ future is to create a revitalized site that celebrates its iconic beauty and history – while also acting as a first-class example of urban living that can attract residents and visitors and at the same time maintain a strong local identity.

Acting as a catalyst for the city, the RFK Campus future project will also make a substantial economic impact on the District, by reinvesting into the city through job opportunities, youth programs, local business development and ample community benefits and neighborhood serving amenities for residents to enjoy.

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3900 Wisconsin Ave, NW

About a month ago we learned that the Fannie Mae HQ building and property had sold to Roadside Development and NORTH AMERICA SEKISUI HOUSE, LLC.

“The acquisition includes a 228,000 square foot building and approximately 10 acres of land.”

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The original report called for a shopping mall as well as luxury condos but now Roadside Development has set up a website to engage neighbors:

“In anticipation of Fannie Mae’s departure, our team is excited to work with the community early on in planning the future uses of the site.”

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