Center Place: I-395 Air Rights
The Louis Dreyfus Property group presented an overview of their proposed 2.5 million square foot mixed use development over I-395 at Tuesday night’s MVSNA meeting. I had seen much of the overview before at an ANC6C meeting two years ago. Now with this latest round of public engagement many of the renderings previously only displayed as posterboards on easels are now available on the LDP website.
Rendering for proposed I-395 Air Rights office buildings along Mass Ave
Site Plan for I-395 Air Rights
Some high level details on the project:
- Development will require decking over I-395 between Mass Ave and E Street (3 blocks). The deck will cost over $200 million.
- Development will include 4 office buildings and 1 residential (max height).
- Development will include ~75,000 SF of retail at varying ceiling heights.
- Has goals to be LEED Platinum under the U.S. Green Building guidelines.
- G Street will be connected across the highway as a pedestrian only street.
- F Street will be connected as a fully functional street.
- The Jewish Historical Society and Holy Rosary Church Rectory buildings will need to be moved as they are currently blocking the G Street and F Street ROWs respectively. An OCTO facility at 222 Mass Ave NW will also need to be relocated.
- The I-395 ramps on/off ramps will be reconfigured.
- Parking and deliveries will be underground in the land between 3rd Street and the highway. In total the project is building the minimum amount of parking permitted by the zoning (1100 spaces).
- Deck construction figures to have a great deal of night work (10pm-5am) to minimize impact on rush hour traffic.
The project has several hurdles to pass before it can start including a NEPA environmental study. This pushes out the start of construction until 2012. The negotiated arrangement with the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) states that the decking must be completed within 60 months of the start of construction.
Under DC Zoning Law the project has been designated a PUD which will be approved in 3 stages. I’ll go into more detail on the PUD later in the week.
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