From Tom Hay
DC Mud is reporting that JBG Companies has taken another step forward in their efforts to build a mixed use building on the west side of the 1800 block of 14th Street. The cornerstone of the project will be the former Whitman-Walker Clinic building at the corner of S and 14th which will be saved and incorporated into the plan for the block which extends north to Swann Street.
According to the DC Mud story, JBG has filed a demolition permit for buildings adjacent to the historic Whitman-Walker structure extending to Swann Street.
The properties adjacent to the Whitman-Walker building have served as home to various clinic programs over the years. Most recently one of the properties served as temporary headquarters for The DC Center, whose mission is to support the LGBT community of DC. The former laundromat at the corner of 14th and Swann Streets closed earlier this year. Portions of the site are now being used as evening parking for the crowds who flock to the area restaurants and clubs.
Plans for the project include 120 residential units, 18,000 square feet of retail and 90 below ground parking spots. Beyond the Clinic building the new construction will rise to seven stories along the 14th Street side.
The DC Zoning Commission recently increased the Arts overlay restriction on allowable food and beverage establishments for the corridor; I am sure we can expect to see a number of restaurants or bars opening in the space. The block has become an eyesore for the neighborhood in recent months, so I think most will be pleased to see this project moving forward.
Last week we reported that the Utopia project at 14th and U was also moving forward. Looks like two-year lull in condo development is nearing an end?