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Old Posted Feb 9, 2015, 3:53 PM
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Checking in on the Park Chelsea in Navy Yard

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Eightball-- thank you for posting. That building is right across the street from our apartment. There is a lot of activity in the Capitol Riverfront/Navy Yard neighborhood these days.
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140 Residences Proposed Across From Meridian Hill Park

140 Residences Proposed Across From Meridian Hill Park

February 9, 2015
By Lark Turner
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"A large new residential building is on the boards for 16th Street across from Meridian Hill Park.

The Meridian International Center is seeking to redevelop a portion of its property that’s currently used as a parking lot, UrbanTurf has learned. The nonprofit is hoping to construct a 140-unit residential project on the site, which would also include about 90 parking spaces for residents..."

http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blo...hill_park/9506
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Looks like DC will be undergoing a big downzoning over the controversial issue of the popup. Popups are where people add an extra floor to existing rowhouses. Ostensibly, this is due to the ugly design of many popups. But in practice, it is closely related is the issue that many developers buy up rowhouses and convert them into small multi-unit apartment buildings. The downzoning proposal is meant to address both issues by making these additions/conversions far more difficult. Since there is no offsetting unzoning, this on net good for prices and bad for middle class affordability. In practice, it is hard to know big an impact this will actually have in the real world? But, it can in no way increase supply or lower prices. In theory, this should make buying a larger rowhouses in key areas little less expensive than they otherwise would be, because you will not be competing with developers for conversions. But, this is like saying global warming is a mixed bag because we will get less snow, because it will also limit the number of smaller "middle class" units and reduce the potential size of the DC condo market. Many people would have otherwise live in converted condo in chic neighborhood will instead look to row houses in cheaper areas of the city or the suburbs. So, it will probably spread gentrification and just push single family home prices up in other areas of the city.

Basically, this is a classic case balancing increasing supply in a growing city vs. preserving the existing character of the city. It is really more of a value judgment than a clear right or wrong.

Personally, I think right solution is to add some sort of design review process to limit ugly pop ups. IMO, it's silly to be downzoning in walkable transit accessible areas in an already expensive city with limited buildable land and a height limit. But, that is just me.


DC’s Pop-Up Proposal Brings Heated Debate to Zoning Commission
January16, 2015
By Lark Turner
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http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blo...ommission/9413

Where Zoning Commissioners Stand on DC’s Proposed Pop-Up Rule

February 10, 2015
By Lark Turner
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"The Zoning Commission is strongly divided on a proposed rule aimed at stopping residential pop-ups in DC. But if commissioners’ opinions hold steady, the rule is likely to be implemented on a divided vote."
http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blo...p-up_rule/9513

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I agree, jpdivola. I don't think that they should go any further than implementing a design review process for popups before a permit can be issued. It can even be strict! Downzoning is most certainly not the way to go for a city which already has high housing prices and high housing demand.
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Four Points’ 70-Unit Anacostia Project Moves Forward

Four Points’ 70-Unit Anacostia Project Moves Forward

February 10, 2015
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"A Four Points project on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Anacostia moved forward at a Zoning Commission hearing on Monday night.

The project at 2255 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE (map) has about 70 units, 80 percent of which will be designated affordable, with the remaining 20 percent rented at market rate. On Monday, the commission agreed to let the project move forward to final approval after little debate..."

http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blo...s_forward/9515
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The Highline at Union Market will be a 315-unit project with urban-industrial flair



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A new 315-unit project inspired by New York’s High Line is in the railworks near Union Market.

Level 2 Development, in partnership with Clark Enterprises Inc., has filed a Planned Unit Development Application to build a mixed-use development at 320 Florida Avenue NE, Urban Turf reported. The site is currently occupied by a Burger King.

The new building, named The Highline at Union Market, will have 8,400 square feet of retail, with a green roof, 143 parking spaces and 105 bicycle spaces. Eric Colbert & Associates will design the project with warehouse-style windows and a boxy, industrial-framed facade, incorporating riveted steel supports reclaimed from old rail cars — in line with the aesthetic of New York’s famous elevated park on a former freight rail line.

The developer purchased the site for approximately $8.8 million in July, the Washington Business Journal reported.

“It’s important to us to maintain the character of Union Market District,” Level 2 Principal David Franco told the Journal. “We wanted something that was a nod to both the warehouse industrial usage and, at the same time, pays homage to the railroad, the rail tracks adjacent to this site.”

Groundbreaking is anticipated for late 2016.
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Robinson Terminal North goes for iconic on the Alexandria waterfront





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After getting rapped by Alexandria planners for presenting a "frenetically and distractingly random" design featuring a "poor adaptation of traditional material," the team tackling the Robinson Terminal North redevelopment has returned with a stunning waterfront plan dominated by glass, steel and slate.

Robinson Terminal North, from developers CityInterests Inc. and Rooney Properties, is expected to include a pair of buildings located between Founder's and Oronoco Bay parks. The four-story East Building, virtually on the Old Town waterfront at 501 Union St., will combine residential and retail. The taller West Building, 500 Union St., will mix residential, retail and a hotel.

The entire project has been under review by the Board of Architectural Review-Old and Historic since last May. While the BAR is generally content with the familiar red brick, stone and wood design of the West Building, the earlier pitches for the East Building pleased virtually no one. Planning staff, in November, recommended the team "abandon" the concept and return with a new vision.




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Fort Totten Square

My girlfriend and I visited Hellbender Brewing Company on Saturday and I took these photos of the Fort Totten Square development while walking from the metro station. The first phase of the Fort Totten Square development will have 350 apartments and a Walmart on the ground-floor.





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Thanks for the pics 202. I like the front of the building a lot, and the sides aren't bad. Definitely a step up for Fort Totten architecture imo.

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Air rights development in Rosslyn challenging and expensive, but worth considering







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The development of a decked-over Interstate 66 in Rosslyn is a long-term proposition fraught with expense and challenges that could harm Arlington County's efforts to revitalize the neighborhood core, a new study finds.
But, the same report concludes, don't toss the idea aside.

Boston-based Goody Clancy, Arlington's consultant on the Realize Rosslyn sector plan update, has released the results of its yearlong air rights review. A presentation slated to be delivered to the Realize Rosslyn task force on Wednesday concludes that new and reinforced decking atop I-66 could result in as much as 2.5 million square feet of new development — mostly office and residential, with some retail sprinkled in.

Arlington opted for its own study after the state, in July 2013, announced it would consider leasing air rights for mixed-use projects atop I-66 in Rosslyn and the East Falls Church Metro station. The idea, as described in a request for information, is to generate a revenue stream to fund future transportation projects, increase the tax base, create new jobs and support transit-oriented development.

Per Goody Clancy, air rights development in Rosslyn is likely to be a long-term proposition, at least 20 years out, largely because current rental rates cannot support the expense of decking over the highway. Rents would need to increase, or costs to decrease, by 13 to 15 percent to justify the capital costs.

And even if new decks are found to be feasible and worthy of pursuit, Goody Clancy finds that air rights development "could divert investment from the core to fringe," shifting private interest to new edge sites. It could "thwart [the] County's efforts to revitalize and reinvest in central Rosslyn," according to the study.

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This will do wonders for Old Town. There are SO many positive changes in store for Old Town.
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Navy Yard/Capitol Riverfront development

I took this picture during our snow day on Tuesday of the Arris development, being built by Forest City. The building is located at 4th and Tingey Street, SE.

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I took this picture during our snow day on Tuesday of the Arris development, being built by Forest City. The building is located at 4th and Tingey Street, SE.

Can't wait for this one to finish. The architecture is so unique and attractive. The waterfront is really starting to fill out.
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52 Units Planned for Site of Auto Repair Shop in Trinidad

52 Units Planned for Site of Auto Repair Shop in Trinidad

February 26, 2015
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"Pierce Investments plans to build 52 units on Florida Avenue in Trinidad, according to a filing with the Board of Zoning Adjustment made Wednesday.

The building is proposed for what’s now an auto repair shop at 1124-1126 Florida Avenue NE. It’s designed by PGN Architects and sits about a block from Gallaudet University and a couple of blocks from the heart of the H Street Corridor.

The project would have eight surface parking spots and 19 spots in a parking garage under the building..."

http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blo..._trinidad/9576
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Nice! The NE boom continues
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40 Townhouses Proposed For Fort Totten

40 Townhouses Proposed For Fort Totten

Mar. 6, 2015
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"Forty new townhouses are on the boards for DC’s Fort Totten neighborhood.

Developer Comstock filed a planned unit development (PUD) for the project, Totten Mews, on Friday. The townhouses, if approved, will sit on a site currently used for outdoor storage that is bounded by the Emerson Park townhouse development to the north, the Capital Area Food Bank to the west, and to the south and east by 6th Place NE and 7th Street NE.

As planned, the townhouses will all be three-bedroom homes with one garage parking spot. An addition 17 surface parking spaces will be provided on the site of the project. The applicant stated that the area will be extensively landscaped, and seating areas and a playground will be built for residents. The project architect is W.C. Ralston Architects…"

http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blo...rt_totten/9616
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22 Shipping Container Condos Planned Near H Street Corridor

22 Shipping Container Condos Planned Near H Street Corridor

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Mar. 5, 2015
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"A 22-unit condo development made up of shipping containers is planned for the 1600 block of Kramer Street NE (map) in Rosedale. Neighborhood Development Company (NDC) and Travis Price Architects are collaborating on the proposed project.

Travis Price Architects also designed Edgewood’s shipping container apartments, which were completed in mid-2014…."

http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blo..._rosedale/9609
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Some random stuff:

The facade of the former Chinese Embassy has been sitting like a drive-in movie screen for about a year but there's finally activity:



Another parking lot gone from Rockville:




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Douglas Development's latest Takoma project moves forward

A muddy, frozen start to the project:



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