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Griffith Market Out, Harris Teeter Possibly Back in at 965 Florida Ave, NW Project

by Prince Of Petworth February 3, 2014 at 4:15 pm 7 Comments

Back in July we learned that MRP Realty and Ellis Development win development of 965 Florida Ave, NW – Griffith Market Beats Harris Teeter. Things have changed a bit since July – From a press release by Julie Chase, a spokesperson for MRP Residential:

“MRP Residential and The JBG Companies today announced they have signed a letter of intent to form a joint venture to develop MRP’s recently awarded Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Development (DMPED) site, 965 Florida Ave. NW, located in the District’s Shaw neighborhood.

MRP Residential and partner Ellis Development Group, will develop the property to mixed-use of approximately 370,000 square feet, including 50,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.

The partnership furthers the DMPED office goals of creating a synchronized, mixed-use development that stitches together multiple parcels in an area that could see over 1 million square feet of new development. JBG and MRP will work together to optimize the development and believe significant value will be created for the community through this cooperative process. JBG, in addition to its development team collaborating with MRP, will provide development capital for the project.

“In the joint venture with The JBG Companies, MRP Residential will provide more high-quality amenities and services, further enhancing the Shaw neighborhood,” said Matt Robinson, principal of MRP Residential. “Additionally, with Metro access and proximity to Howard University, this will be a highly desired address for residents of this dynamic neighborhood.”

“The JBG-MRP co-development team plan to work with District officials and members of the community and plan to provide a W Street connection and bring a full-service grocery to the neighborhood,” said James Iker, a managing partner with JBG. “Our partnership has crafted a venture that will deliver these critical neighborhood needs and meet established city goals to transform the area. We are excited to be working again with MRP.”

As part of the planning process, the joint venture partners are continuing to work diligently together to address community requests from the RFP process.”

I asked if the “full-service grocery” would be a Harris Teeter and was told:

We have not signed any leases, but a grocery of that quality and scale is what we are targeting.”

  • 9th Street Neighbor

    The people of the U Street Corridor have been listened to: they asked Jim Graham to help and he promised that “he would not vote to approve the required DC funding unless both MRP and JBG worked together to bring a full-service grocery store to the neighborhood. Thanks to Jim Graham and his staff for getting the job done that the Mayor’s office refused to do: listen to the area constituents. U Street is on its way to finally gain an institution that will strengthen its community by adding this important foundation.

  • bb

    This is a welcome development, but I’ll believe it when I see it. Also, what happened to Howard Town Center? The city gave it a tax break, Howard backed out of the contract, and now… These two projects are interrelated.

  • ledroittiger

    This is so badly needed. I just wish it was happening a little further east… 965 Fla is basically on the doorstep of the incoming Trader Joe’s and Yes Organic.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed! I wish the RIA/FLA/NJA Safeway came back to life. Obviously this won’t happen now, but wouldn’t it be nice?

      • textdoc

        Don’t you mean the “FRINJ” Safeway? ;)
        I dislike most of these recent abbreviations for neighborhoods — CoHi, AdMo, etc. — but FRINJ is so over the top that I have to like it.

    • Anonymous

      Where is the yes organic are you referring to 14th and V or W or one even closer? Right now 14 and V or W seems far from me and I am east of Howard Hospital.

  • Anonymous

    I am glad that residents of this area actually have to debate what grocery store they want. That is amazing and it’s about time. I have to add my vote for something a little more east. Also I am not a big fan if Harris Teeter. Is a whole foods this way a bad idea?


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