The Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) recently released a RFEI for development of Squares 0560 and 0563N near 2nd & H Streets NW. Square 0560 represents the Air Rights over I-395 above H Street that is currently occupied by a two level parking structure. Square 0563N is a triangular parcel between 2nd Street, New Jersey Ave and H Street NW that is currently a fenced in gravel parking lot.
It is not entirely clear to me whether the Air-Rights parking structure would be torn down and this project would start anew? Or if the parking structure could be reinforced to support new development above it. I would guess the later but am unsure.
RFEI submissions are due August 28th. After a short list is compiled from the submissions a formal RFP (Request for Proposals) process will begin in the fall.
It essentially took the Capital Crossing air-rights project over 10 years of planning, studies and meetings to get started, so while this shouldn’t take that long I would not expect expediency either.
The below is from the RFEI document:
DMPED seeks developers who express an interest in developing the Development Parcels in keeping with the goals set out in this RFEI, and will consider both matter-of-right and Planned Unit Development (“PUD”) development responses. DMPED will also consider development response s that include nearby public or private parcels. The proposed development plans should further reflect the important value of this site to the surrounding community and embody the following characteristics:
- Economic viability
- Uses that are compatible with and leverage surrounding neighborhood development
- Responsiveness to community and stakeholder preferences
- Sustainable and Energy Efficient buildings
- High architectural design quality
- Innovative Landscape and Streetscape designs
- Limited Phases to redevelopment
- A transit oriented development that reflects the project’s adjacency to multiple public transit options including DDOT’s preferred alternative route for the streetcar line extension from Union Station to Georgetown along K Street NW