Posted on 12 March 2013.
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Corner of 7th and R Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)
AÂ city-owned plot of land in Shaw at 7th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW â€”Â dubbed Parcel 42 â€”Â is one step closer to being the neighborhood’s next big development project.
In November 2012, theÂ DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) announced that six bidders met the qualifications of theÂ Request for Expressions of Interest. Now that pool has been narrowed down to three bidding developers.
Urban Turf reports the three candidates include a a 102-suite hotel fromÂ Baywood Hotels and Dantes Partners, an eight-story residential building fromÂ Neighborhood Development Company and aÂ 105-unit residential building fromÂ TenSquare Group and Chapman Development.
Baywood Hotels and Dantes Partners
After ANC 2C/Shaw voted 2-1 in favor of bringing Dantes Partners’ vision to Parcel 42, the developerÂ gave us the details on the proposed plan. The hotel will haveÂ 102 hotel suites and will featureÂ a rooftop pool with green space, parking spaces for residents and hotel guests and a Milk and Honey grocer/market on the ground floor. Additionally, the project will include 22Â subsidized housing units and will createÂ 65 to 75 long-term jobs.
Neighborhood Development Company
Similar to Dantes Partners’ plan, the eight-story building from Neighborhood Development also features parking and a food/grocery space for ground-floor retail.Â Urban Turf reports that the development company submitted two plans: one with 81 one-and-two-bedroom units and another with 99 residential units. Neighborhood Development Company says the ground-floor retail (a 9,500 square-foot space) will most likely be Yes! Organic Market with outdoor seating and dining.
TenSquare Group and Chapman Development
While the plan for this team’sÂ 105-unit residential building does call call for a specific retailer to occupy the building’s ground floor retail space, the developers say the retailer could also be a grocery or pharmacy. The team of developers say they plan to make the top floors contemporary and made from recycled materials. The seven-floor building will also include 21 units dedicated to affordable housing. The developers estimate the project will create around 15 long-term jobs.
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