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Homeless Shelter Services to return to former Gospel Rescue Ministries buildings

In 2013 the Rock Creek Property Group acquired 808-810 5th St NW from Gospel Rescue Ministries for a sales price of $5.95 million. RCPG’s intent was demolish a portion of both buildings and build an eight-story rear addition for a new 50+ unit condominum development. According to the Washington Business Journal, challenges arose with the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) and RCPG has elected to execute a 20 year lease agreement with the District. It will once again be operated as a homeless shelter as it had been for the prior 75 years. The Department of Human Services plans to use the first four floors to house women in the “temporary shelter model.” The fifth floor will contain units for women in the District’s transitional housing program.

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Gospel Rescue Missions building at 808-810 5th Street NW

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New Joint Venture formed for 501 K Street NW

According to the Washington Business Journal, Boston Properties paid about $39 million last month for its stake to enter a joint venture with Steuart Investment Co to develop a 520,000-square-foot office building at 501 K Street NW. This site is currently the fenced in Marc Parc parking lot between 5th and 6th Streets NW and bounded by New York Ave to the north. The potential development has been in the pipeline for Steuart Investment for years and having a proven partner should finally kickstart it into action.

Site of Future 501 K Office development

Site of Future 501 K Office development

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WBJ: Capitol Crossing moving forward

We’ve been talking about Capitol Crossing, the planned I-395 air rights development between E streets and Mass Ave, for several years. An undertaking this massive has significant engineering challenges and tends to take 12-15 years to fully unfold. Michael Neibauer of the Washington Business Journal recently reported that the project is slated to begin building the deck platform over I-395 in Q3 of this year. The deck platform is estimated to cost $200 million to build with construction lasting two years.

Mass Ave elevation of Future I-395 Air Rights development

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WBJ: Video of Lyric 440 Hard Hat Tour

The Washington Business Journal recently shared a video of the guided hard hat tour they experienced at the new Lyric 440 apartments. While I do not seem to be able to successfully embed the video, you may click on the screen capture below and that will take you to the WBJ page to watch the video. Amy Dolan of Quadrangle leads the tour through the lobby, 1 BR model unit and rooftop space.

Screen capture of WBJ's Lyric 440 video; click to visit video

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WBJ: 10 teams bid to develop D.C.-owned Fifth and Eye

In February The Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) officially terminated its agreement with Donohoe to develop the DC owned parcel at 5th & I. The Donohoe/Holland group had been awarded the parcel during a 2008 Request for Proposals (RFP) process yet failed on a multitude of levels to make progress towards ground breaking.

Rendering of failed project from 2008 RFP

This spring a Request For Expressions of Interest (RFEI) was issued by DMPED with a due date of July 19th. Michael Neibauer of the Washington Business Journal reports that 10 submissions were made.

In no particular order, they are:

  • AEPA International
  • Argos Group, Potomac Investment Properties, Martinez and Johnson Architects
  • JBG, Moddie Turay Company, Morris Adjmi Architects
  • Warrenton Group, Fourpoints, Skidmore Owings Merrill
  • Beztak Companies, Gold Krown Fund, Friedman Capital Advisors, Foxhall Partners, Sorg Architects
  • Lowe Enterprises, Torti Gallas Urban
  • Peebles Corp, Walker Group, WDG Architects
  • Trammell Crow, CSG Urban Partners, Leo A Daly
  • Spiral LLC, Republic Properties, Peter Fillat Architects
  • Akridge, Jefferson Apartment Group, Jarvis Company, Escoff and Associates

If this process follows a similar map to the 2008 process then we can expect that DMPED will narrow these 10 down to <= 5 finalists. The finalists will then compile presentations that will be showcased publicly. Our ANC and neighborhood organizations and residents can then potentially endorse the option they feel best. DMPED will take such endorsements as as input but not a mandate and will select a winning RFP.

I would guess the award process will spill into early 2014. Which may mean a groundbreaking likely wouldn’t materialize until 2016. Kind of depressing for those of us who were excited in 2008.

For what it’s worth, here is the recap of the RFP finalist presentations from 2008.

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I-395 Air Rights now called Capitol Crossing

According to Michael Neibauer of the Washington Business Journal, the I-395 air rights development from Property Group Partners (PGP) will be called Capitol Crossing going forward. The name “Center Place” used when the group presented details at the November 2010 ANC meeting apparently did not stick.

Mass Ave elevation of Capitol Crossing (from April 2011)

I think most residents care more about when the project will break ground rather than what name it will be marketed under. PGP suggests the target for commencing construction of the platform is Q2 2013.

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WBJ: Donohoe to downsize 5th & Eye plans

The plans for the development of The Arts at 5th and I, according to Michael Neibauer of the Washington Business Journal, have been downsized from the originally selected concept that included a boutique hotel, jazz club, coffeehouse and residential apartments. In late 2009/early 2010 there was optimism that Donohoe & Holland would acquire adjacent properties all the way from the corner of I Street up to K Street to expand the project.

Rendering of 2008 proposal for the Arts at 5th and I

While the development group and the Office of the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) wanted to see those ambitious plans realized after 2.5 years they appear ready to downsize and focus on a simplified product. According to the WBJ article the project would only acquire a vacant lot next to city land and not any of the structures along Fifth Street. Two hotels would be built that would employ approximately 215 people. Flagships for the hotels are not yet identified but it is likely that Me by Melia is out of the picture.

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CORE Architects share 433 Mass renderings

Washington Business Journal reporter Sarah Krouse obtained 3 renderings from Core Architects Group’s design for the old “Ledo” building renovation at 433 Mass Ave. The property was sold to a partnership of Zusin Development and Sivan Properties in March.

The proposed look places glass panels in front of the structures current facade. It may feature a roof deck as well.

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Visit the WBJ article for the other two renderings.

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Sixth Engine still moving forward

It’s been many months since we’ve had an update on the restaurant Sixth Engine planned for the firehouse at 400 Mass. With support of ANC6C the 400 Mass condominiums initiated an ABRA protest of the liquor license as a means to secure a voluntary agreement. The residents had a series of concerns with the plans the restaurant had to vent exhaust from the roof of the firehouse and beneath 10 stories of residential windows near the top of the list. However the protest was dismissed as 400 Mass did not have sufficient attendance at the ABRA roll call hearing last September.

The lost opportunity with for a voluntary agreement shifter the focus of the condominium to other legal avenues. The firehouse is surrounded by 400 Mass but not a part of the building Sixth Engine needs a series of structural changes to the 400 Mass common elements to allow the space to support the needs of the restaurant. The firehouse space needs walls blown out to allow access to the loading dock and the adjacent commercial space the restaurant also is leasing from Douglas Development.

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