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Early Rendering for 501 K Street NW

On May 2nd we told you about the news that Boston Properties was entering a joint venture with Steuart Investment Co to develop an office building at 501 K Street NW. This partnership is a key step to redeveloping this premium site that has been a MarcParc parking lot for too long. While the project is still in the design phase below is an early rendering.

Preliminary 501 K Street Rendering as of May 2014

Preliminary 501 K Street Rendering as of May 2014

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Another Residential project coming to 4th and L

The Urban Turf blog attended last night’s ANC6E meeting and has the scoop on the proposed mixed use residential building at 1031 4th Street NW. The developers were seeking, and received, support from the ANC for a zoning variance for their ten-story, 123-unit project at 4th & L Streets NW. They will soon go before the Board of Zoning Adjust (BZA) to formally petition for the zoning variances.

Rendering for proposed 1031 4th St NW development

Rendering for proposed 1031 4th St NW development


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5th and I Public Meeting recap – UPDATED

Updated at 2:46PM on 12/20/2013 to insert renderings.

Last night Ivan Matthews of the Deputy Mayor of Economic Development hosted a meeting to showcase the four finalists for the 5th & I development RFP. Below is my quick and dirty recap of the proposals.

The common themes of the four development proposals was that community engagement and park improvements were necessary components. So was adhering to LEED Silver standards. The district also requires that some contribution to the city’s affordable housing pool be made, whether that be on-site, off-site or a sizable financial contribution. I also believe that DMPED wants the winning proposal to be able to break ground and deliver as quickly as possible as to avoid a redux of when Donohoe/Holland was awarded this parcel in 2008 and then proceeded to accomplish nothing for half a decade. To that affect none of these developers is seeking to pair this parcel with an assemblage of properties. Waiting for neighboring parcels to sell takes too much precious time.

Each development group had met with the ANC to discuss expectations and concerns. One major expectation is that the two triangle parks at 5th and I be dramatically enhanced to have programmed uses rather than the simple neglected tiny lawns they are today. This will require transferring the parks, apparently named Seaton and Milian, from the National Park Service to the district to be managed by either DPR, the MVT CID or a public private partnership. Each group seemed highly committed to fulfilling this requirement and dramatically upgrading these parks.

5th & I Development site with Seaton and Milian Parks

With those basics common elements of the way, here are the distinct highlights from each development team’s proposal:

Akridge/Jefferson Apartment Group: Mixed-use residential with 187 market rate units and 21 affordable housing units on-site. 8,000 SF of retail including 3000SF daycare and 1000 SF of community space. Architecture from Escoff associates will essentially be in the same vein as 400 Mass and 401/425 Mass down the block. This bid also pledges to provide $200,000 to redesign Milian and Seaton Parks, and $100,000 set aside for local civic and nonprofit groups.

Akridge/JAG rendering on 12/19/2013; design by Escoff Associates

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Permits awarded for 600 Mass

According to the Washington Business Journal, permits for groundwork at 600 Massachusetts Ave NW have been awarded to Gould Property Co. Planned for the site at 6th and Mass is a 10-story office building with ground floor retail to replace a current surface parking lot.

Before delving into renderings it’s worthwhile to once again acknowledge the contribution Gould made towards restoring the face of the Chinese Community Church at 5th & I to earn support for his office development. The church looks much improved with the red brick facade installed in 2009 than it did with the prior ghastly formstone exterior.

600 Mass rendering from Eye Street

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Renderings for 900 New York

Gould Parcel in NE corner

Gould Property Co retained a block of the old convention center site with plans to independently develop it outside the City Center DC project bidded out by the District to Hines-Archstone in 2007. While City Center has made amazing construction progress in the last year-plus Gould has partnered with Oxford Properties Group for a planned 620,000 SF office development called at 900 New York Ave NW.

City Center will deliver 295,000 SF of retail, 458 apartments, 216 condominiums, 515,000 SF of office, 350 hotel rooms and 1,885 parking spaces. The Gould development will add the aforementioned office tower and more than 30,000 SF of retail space.

900 New York retail plat map

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601 Mass Ave Renderings

We’ve all noticed by now that Boston Properties has been underway with the demolition of the former NPR Headquarters at 635 Mass Ave NW. And I’m sure many of you have heard that law firm Arnold & Porter LLP will be the lead tenant of a new office development on the site.  But what will the new building look like? The answer to that, after tracking down renderings from Duda Paine,  is apparently a hell of a lot like the under construction AAMC headquarters one block to the north and the convention center. Rather sterile and souless IMO.

601 Massachusetts Ave NW (c/o Duda Paine)

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Renderings for 460 NY Ave

Remember our preservation debate surrounding the warehouse at 460 New York Ave? Renderings for the 63-unit residential building from Bozzuto that will integrate the building have recently been made available by WDG architecture. The designs came out rather attractive. I’ve long thought the warehouse only needed quality warehouse appropriate windows and other modest upgrades to be a handsome contributing structure.

Hat Tips: David A, Brian N

460 New York Ave NW rendering from WDG Architecture

The million dollar question: Is the absence of the gigantic green I-395 sign that currently abuts the building something that will become a reality or is it just WDG taking artistic license in their imagery?

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Office Building Architecture

We learned last week that the preparation for the construction of the AAMC Headquarters on the 600 Block of K Street NW is pushing along aggessively. However renderings are yet to be unveiled. The renderings we saw for the I-395 Air-rights project in April left us uninspired. The all glass office buildings don’t seem to be favorites among residents. The question begs – which new construction D.C. office building actually feature architecture that is beloved?

For the purpose of the discussion let’s say the criteria is an office building constructed in D.C. since 1990 that is entirely new construction – no integration of historic buildings that were previously on the site. If you really have a great example from another city to share feel free to do so as long at it fits within the scale of the D.C. height limit. I don’t think nominating the Trump Tower Chicago adds anything useful to this conversation.

AARP HQ at 601 E Street NW

I’ll nominate the AARP Headquarters at 601 E Street NW that was built in 1991. I like that the architecture has a mixture of masonary materials and a variety of architectural features at different height levels. I feel that level of detail adds a great deal of visual interest.

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