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“The Highline, a $100 million apartment community” coming to 320 Florida Ave, NE

by Prince Of Petworth January 24, 2017 at 10:22 pm 46 Comments


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.”

The Highline will include a rooftop pool as well as sustainable features equivalent to LEED Silver, including a green roof, bio retention facility, energy-efficient building design and 105 bicycle parking spaces. The Highline will offer its residents and retail businesses extraordinary access to nearby amenities including the dozens of retailers and restaurants at Union Market, now one of Washington, DC’s top destinations, the vibrant NoMa business district, Gallaudet University, the NoMa/Gallaudet Metro Station and Union Station.

Thirteen 3- bedroom townhomes will be built off-site in ANC 5B in conjunction with DC Habitat and set aside for households earning no more than 50% of the area median income. In addition, four percent of The Highline’s units will be set aside for households earning no more than 80 percent of the area median income.

United Bank and EB5 Capital provided construction financing for the project. MAC Realty Advisors assisted the venture in acquiring development financing.”

  • DF

    NoMa is the new Chelsea? That’s adorable.

    • Anon

      I honestly don’t understand this comment. Nothing in the presser likens NoMa to Chelsea. Here’s a direct quote to save you some trouble: “The project was inspired by New York’s meatpacking district and the elevated park known as the High Line.” That’s it – inspiration. And there are many elements in Union Market that link it to the industrial theme displayed here (it was literally a warehouse district until relatively recently). I don’t see any problem here (unrealized design notwithstanding).

      • Irving Streete

        “Nothing in the presser likens NoMa to Chelsea.”

        Except for the fact that the most of the length of the Highline is actually in Chelsea (having stayed at the Highline hotel in December and re walked the park itself in January I know whereof I speak)) and that the fact that they’re using the name with no actual elevated park in sight is king of nauseating isn’t-New-York-so-cool-ism.

        • Anon

          I’m well aware about the Highline being in Chelsea. What I’m failing to understand is why it can’t be an inspiration for architecture elsewhere. I too think that naming this building “The Highline” seems like a cheap cop-out, but I stand by my (easily verifiable) assertion that the press release doesn’t liken NoMa to Chelsea.

          • Irving Streete

            Thew name of the hotel itself likens NoMa to Chelsea. That’s the point of the name — to swagger-jack that section of New York.

          • Former NYCer

            Except the High Line is tourist garbage and Chelsea sucks.

  • Florida Ave NE RES

    Ugh. We don’t want this.

    • tom

      Yes..we demand the suburban style Burger king be declared a historic late-20th century landmark.

      • ryan2499

        At this point it’s an urban mural to the art of graffiti, so you may not be far off.

    • anonymous

      Why not? That stretch of FL ave can use not only this– but all of the other buildings that are going up and the ones in the pipeline. If you live on FL- you should be jumping for joy actually…Though I am said that Yums have closed it’s doors.

    • anon

      You NIMBY’s are out of control

    • Anon

      Well that’s truly unfortunate. I hope you’re able to cope one day. Maybe soon.

      • Florida Ave NE RES

        not everyone in DC is a homeowner and not everyone is white. The luxury condos are everywhere – can’t they just stay in NW and leave us alone? I value diversity – and luxury condos tend to whitewash the neighborhoods.

        • Former NYCer

          Sorry but Union Market put the nail in the coffin a few years ago.

        • anonymous

          lol. Uhm ok!!!

        • Anon X

          Ahhhh!! The white people are coming!!

          • OMGwholefoodsiscoming

            There goes the neighborhood

        • Confused White Person

          “…can’t they just stay in NW and leave us alone? I value diversity…”


        • Anon

          You must have missed the number of affordable housing units that are coming as a direct result of this being built. How many affordable units did Burger King provide prior?

        • Sydney

          Won’t someone think of the squatter’s encampment along the rail line there — it’s an exquisite site for narcotic distribution and a breathtaking entrepot for stolen bicycles and motorcycles.

        • anon

          White people aren’t moving into the neighborhood because of these buildings. They’d come regardless of whether these buildings were built. Building them means less pressure on the existing homes to be fixed up and sold to them, displacing current residents. The most expensive housing is the housing that’s never built.

  • ryan2499

    I mean, I get that it’s just a rendering, or maybe a presentation of alternative facts, but there’s no way that green space fits in. And the Red Line Metrorail overpass bridge on the east side of the property is conveniently missing from their little oasis in the city. I’m assuming those tracks won’t be moving, lol.

    • ryan2499

      *west side of property. My bad.

      • Elevation Resident

        There’s room for the green space. In fact, there’s already a different form of greenery there now in the form of thick bushes and trees. I’m not sure where the homeless residents of that green space will go.

        • ryan2499

          It’s so tiny though and pretty much a straight hill upward, at street level anyways. Maybe it does go back further, tough to tell driving by. I assume they’ll level that hill and then I guess it’s just a matter of exactly how the building footprint sits on the land. Don’t get me wrong, I hope it looks great.

          • anonymous

            I agree with you..There is a building that abuts where the drive through the of the Burger King was. There’s no room to go back any further. That building looks way bigger than whats there.

    • Anon

      Your perception is misguided – the space fits in just fine.

  • ryan2499

    I’ve scanned thru a few times, am I missing a target delivery date for this project?

  • Rich

    Colbert seems to be responsible for all the new buildings that look vaguely alike, so I guess this is the new direction we’ll be stuck with. It looks like ugly European contemporary architecture of the 1960s. The idea that this an improvement over the bland characterless buildings of that area (or even the ugly old ones like teh Burger King) is kindof funny. I guess this is why DC is stuck so much crappy post-WWII architecture.

    • Anon

      “The idea that this an improvement over the bland characterless buildings of that area (or even the ugly old ones like teh Burger King) is kindof funny.”
      Granted, this is just your opinion, but you don’t seem to have too solid of a grasp on how development works in DC. The only people who might agree that this building is a net negative to the existing BK are those scared and thus resistant to any change whatsoever. DC is “stuck” with its mostly milquetoast architecture as a result of very expensive real estate and highly restrictive zoning laws.

      • James W.

        Quit foisting false binaries, Anon. The only two options aren’t a stale-looking box of glass or an aging Burger King. Residents have justifiable interest in sensible development that fits with the character of the neighborhood. The whole ‘any development is good development’ schtick is misguided and getting pretty old.

        • Former NYCer

          I don’t think it’s particularly stale looking. It beats the 2000s brown boxes that were built along Mass Ave NW. Though I imagine will look just as dated 15 years from now.

          Lots of glass may be boring to you, but I think the design is probably for those inside the building and not outside the building.

        • Anon

          You had plenty of opportunity to build something else at this site. Where were you then?

    • Michael Pierce

      Sorry if you mistook DC for a city that values beauty, creativity and innovation in architecture. It’s ONLY about the almighty dollar here.

  • stacksp

    Not the best view across the street. I assume that will be redeveloped at some point.

    • Anon

      It will be. There are near-term plans to build up/over every plot of buildable land across from this building.

    • anonymous

      That liquor store is already up for rehab. Think the plan is condos( larger condos- 3bedrooms) on that triangular lot. So is the entire block south of that is slated for redevelopment and going through design/review process now.

  • Former NYCer

    Is there, or has there, been any plans on how to connect NE north of the tracks and south of the tracks in some way that makes it seem less disconnected than it currently is? I thought I remembered talks of ideas for that. I would imagine if that were possible and had been properly planned for, you’d see faster development along Rhode Island Avenue in NE like you’re seeing here. Granted, that seems to be happening on its own either way. I just feel like the train tracks, much like the 395 tunnel, are such a open wound through the city.

    • Anon

      Yes, there was some serious talk about repurposing currently abandoned train tracks that run roughly parallel to NYA to make a park/trail, but that’s since stalled since the owner of those tracks presented some tentative plans to reuse them for temporary train storage (or something along those lines).

  • Anonymous

    I guess it’s a sign of how things are going in the economy when the AMI set aide for a new building corresponds to a middle class (as opposed to a low income) wage.

  • Marty

    nice. that whole stretch is pretty sad, and definitely needs some new residents.

  • EckingtonDoodle

    I think you all are missing the point. This building is being built already. The green space will be where Burger King currently is. The building next to the green space is already up. This is the same building where the new Trader Joe’s will go.

    • BringBackSwampoodle

      Actually no, this is a separate building. Note how the facade on the rendering differs from the facade installation ongoing on the TJs building. You can see the under construction building on the right hand side of some of the renderings.


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