At a happy hour last night a neighbor inquired about the development plans for the NE corner of 7th & H in Chinatown. I thought I’d outlay what I know from reading other sources (mostly PQLiving). I’m not breaking any new insights here but I think there is value in revisiting topics now and again for new residents/readers.
Chinese American business woman Yeni Wong purchased the historic four story structure on the NE corner of 7th and H for 10+ million. Her plans are to develop the site as mixed use with an emphasis on retail. Past projects from Wong in the area include Fado, Capital Q and Matchbox. PQLiving reports that CVS will occupy the first floor and basement of the building after it’s rehabbed, leaving 3 more floors of retail available for lease. [Ed note: This prime spot can't do better than CVS? Ugggh. ]
Developed around Wong’s four story building will be two towers. I believe the one with 7th Street frontage will be residential. The all glass tower fronting H Street has the look of an office building.
There was discussion in the comments about PQLiving about the setback of this developer (i.e. not building over the 4 story structure). Some think about from the perspective of “who would want to live on the 5 story of the adjacent building and have a view of HVAC equipment?” I totally get that argument and once had the very same thing turn me off to a condo in Clarendon. However I still feel variety in architecture and historic preservation contributes to sense of place and that trumps the impact on views from a few yet to be built condos. Afterall, with all the other positive attributes that come with that location I doubt a subpar view is going to cause a condo unit to sit vacantly indefinitely.