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We’ve been keeping a close eye on these rentals going up in the former Latino Auto Sales lot. From Douglas Development:

“The boutique apartment building will feature 30 units, two roof top terraces, one level of underground residential parking and over 2,700 SF of ground level retail with the possibility of outdoor seating.

30 apartment units featuring 25 one bedrooms and 5 studios
Five of the one bedroom units will have balconies”

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March 2013:

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A reader reports:

“I noticed that signage is now up for a new condo project at the long vacant lot at 1427-1429 Rhode Island Ave NW. The Elysium will be a 32 unit 8-story building from the folks at Madison, who I believe are doing another project on 14th. Here’s a link to the project description”

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Rendering via Madison Investments

Nestled on a quiet residential tree lined street, Elysium Logan is a luxury condo development just steps away from 14th Street putting it in close proximity to the best dining and entertainment in the city and across from Wholefoods.

Designed from the inside out the property will consist of 32 generously sized condo units laid out over 8 stories. The interior design and finishes will be of an exceptional standard designed to meet the refined taste of the most discerning buyers. 3 Penthouse units will be offered with private outdoor decks, stunning 360’ views. 7 units will have private elevator access. Each unit type at this property has been designed with the homebuyers experience in mind.

The Elysium brand represents a new line of luxury properties by Madison Investments.

You can see their other Elysium project on 14th Street here.

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1409 14th Street, NW

A reader reports:

“I noticed a couple of days ago that the former 1409 Play bill Cafe had been tagged a vacant property. Wonder if we’ll still see the Chinese Sushi Wine bar.”

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Vacant property classification has been on a tear lately. I also noted the former Carry Out Deli space across the street too had one:

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4th and P and New Jersey Ave, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I thought I’d share some more development news from Truxton Circle. Yesterday 3 trees were cleared from the vacant lot at 4th and P NW (basically New Jersey and P). There is a permit for a rollaway dumpster and for the tree removal, the second of which was issued to Ditto, the same company behind the new million dollar condos at 5th and Q that you posted about a couple weeks ago. Ditto seems to have a pretty good reputation on PoPville, and I’m excited the empty lot will be turned into something nice.”

Ed. Note: This is the former lot that had the billboard debate back in 2009:

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4th and P and NJ Ave in 2009

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57 N Street, NW

Thanks to @JRogers202 for always keeping a close on this unique space.  The Brass Warehouse has officially been closed since Spring 2011. @JRogers202 tweets us:

“120 units (1 bedrooms) of luxury apartments coming to 57 N in @TruxtonCircle”

“60 underground parking spaces”

“Re: 57 N St., the architects @studio27arch did La Casa in Columbia Heights, which looks awesome. @TruxtonCircle”

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Ed. Note: These will be rentals not condos.

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demo of the rear started in August 2014. Updates as construction progresses.

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Brass Knob Warehouse 2009

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11th and Pennsylvania Ave, SE June 5th 2013

Back in Sept. 2014 we learned the plans to rebuild Frager’s Hardware after it was gutted by fire (read the full press release here.) Washington Business Journal now reports:

“A touted partnership between Roadside Development and Frager’s Hardware to rebuild the fire-ravaged Capitol Hill retailer, while adding a residential component to the project, has fallen apart.”

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From a press release:

“Hoffman-Madison Waterfront, the master developer (led by PN Hoffman and Madison Marquette) of the 24-acre world-class, mixed-use, waterfront community The Wharf in Southwest Washington, D.C., today announced the first residential condominium building, VIO, will open for pre-sales in spring.

VIO will be a 112-unit, 12-story luxury condominium building that features generously-sized residences, including a mix of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom, and penthouse units. The homes, designed by Handel Architects in collaboration with WDG Architects, will feature wide-plank hardwood flooring, European cabinetry, granite and quartz counters, Thermador and Bosch appliances, natural stone and porcelain tile baths, custom closets, and 9’ ceilings.

“VIO will set the standard for luxurious waterfront living in the District,” said Monty Hoffman, founder and CEO of PN Hoffman. “Equipped with the highest-end finishes and luxury amenities, like a rooftop infinity edge pool with river views, VIO will be the perfect model for what to expect from The Wharf’s other residential, office and retail spaces.”

“VIO, with floor-to-ceiling glass, will offer stunning views of monuments and the Potomac River and unique and immediate access to what is sure to be a world-class waterfront experience,” said Amer Hammour, chairman and CEO of Madison Marquette. “We are very excited to be working with both Handel and WDG Architects to create an iconic waterfront building that will exceed the expectations of urban living.”

VIO, which derives from Latin for “I journey,” includes amenities such as a private lobby on The Wharf’s Yacht Club Piazza with covered drop-off, 24-hour front desk, concierge services, clubroom, fitness center with yoga studio, and an outdoor infinity edge pool overlooking the Potomac River. Secure underground parking is included with the purchase of most residences. Select VIO residences feature private-access elevators that include direct access to the Wharf promenade, which will include an impressive mix of restaurants, bars, cafes, and other retail. The majority of residences at VIO feature balconies with water views and several penthouses include private rooftop terraces.

VIO limited pre-sales begin Spring 2015.”