Jad Donohoe laid out the high level proposal details on the Art’s blog.
Our team wants to bring hotel rooms, retail, and residential housing to the city-owned vacant lot at 5th & I Streets NW. That basic outline isn’t unique, but our final product will be:
- The Arts Residences at 5th & I: Residences offering city views. 96 units
- ME by Meliá: A four-star+ hotel with a young, international edge. 174 rooms
International Photography Space: A curated exhibition space incorporated into the hotel, exploring world themes in art photography
- Café Cappuccino: A unique urban coffee house offering full-service breakfast and lunch for the neighborhood, with take away options and a pet-friendly sidewalk terrace
- Boisdale of Washington: A London-based cultural dining experience and live jazz club featuring contemporary and historic jazz styles, a diverse menu and a renowned selection of scotch whiskies. A neighborhood destination, Boisdale will bring entertainment options to Mount Vernon Triangle while offsetting noise concerns by locating the jazz club below grade level. Estimated 150 seats
- Parking: Underground parking with valet service
There’s a lot more to tell – we’ll be bringing you more updates over the coming days and weeks. Stop by the public presentation on Thursday to hear about what could be in store for 5th & I.
A few weeks later Donohoe disclosed that The Bike Shop expressed a letter of interest in the project.
My recap of this proposal from the public presentation in May can be found [here]. I may have the original PDF on my laptop at home – if so I will post.
UPDATE (9/19/2008 1:40PM): The press release Fenty Announces Luxury Hotel, Jazz Club for Downtown Site is now online. The below excerpt mentions that Zenith Art Gallery is now part of the proposed retail.
The 475,000-square foot project, called Arts at 5th I, will be anchored by a ME by Melia, a high-end Spanish hotel. It will also include a music venue called the Boisdale Jazz Club, a bike shop, a hardware store, book store and café. The Zenith Art gallery will also take space there.
The development will also feature 166 apartments, where 50 units will be reserved as affordable for renters earning less than 60 percent of the area median income. The developer has also proposed a 238-space underground parking garage.