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14th & S Project to Be Named “District Condos”

by Borderstan.com — October 28, 2010 at 12:16 pm 5 Comments

14th Street NW, District Condos,

The residential and retail development will span the S to Swann Street block on the west side of 14th Street NW. Shown above is the old Whitman-Walker Building at 14th and S Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos).

From Tom Hay

In a confluence of interest, developers, real estate agents, politicians, local business owners and residents gathered at Garden District, 14th and S Streets NW, on Wednesday. The occasion was the the naming announcement of the condo and retail development planned for the northwest corner of the intersection.

Demolition of the current buildings, except for the Whitman-Walker facade, should begin soon.

The site includes the historic building that housed the Whitman Walker Clinic and the properties north to Swann Street. Early in the presentation, the banner on the former Clinic building was released: the name of the luxury project will be District Condos. JBG is working with the international developer Grosvenor on the project.

Mark Darley, a Senior VP of Grosvenor, commented in his remarks that “the market has returned.”

Councilmembers Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) attended the event. Evans acknowledged that although the project was in his ward, Graham’s ward was just across the street, to the east.

Graham has strong ties to the building and the neighborhood. He served as director of the Whitman Walker Clinic from 1984 until election to the City Council in 1998. Graham recounted the successes of the clinic in its early days, and commented that the building now slated to be part of the development was purchased for $1.25 million in 1986.

District Condos, Jack Evans, Jim Graham, 14th Street NW

Left column: Kai Reynolds (at top), JBG; and Mark Darley, Grosvenor (at bottom). Right column: Jack Evans (at top); and Jim Graham (at bottom). Center: Artist rendering of the District Condos project on 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Two Large 14th Street Projects

The JBG/Grosvenor project is one of two major projects slated for the west side of 14th Street. The District Condos project will have 125 residences and 18,000 square feet of ground floor retail. Developers have a target completion date of spring 2012 (14th & You has a great preview of details on the residences and retail).

Further up the block at U Street NW will be the Utopia project, which will have 220 units and 20,000 square feet of retail.

Planners for the Wednesday event made an obvious effort to engage nearby businesses. The event was held under a tent at Garden District, catering was provided by Point Chaud Crepes, and furniture was courtesy of Vastu.

Comments (5)

  1. Clever name.

    I guess when they build single family homes across the river they’ll call them “Virginia Houses.”

  2. Right.

    But you know, Virginians that move into NW DC just love that word “condos” so they’ll just eat up living in a condo named “District Condos”.

  3. Was there ever any outreach to the neighborhood community – specifically for a building of 125 residences with LITTLE-to-NO parking planned or provided for them under the building?

  4. Rick, It is my understanding the developers did reach out to the immediate neighbors. I believe most of the concerns were about overall design and disruptions associated with the construction.

    I don’t know if parking was addressed. I think DC reduced or eliminated the parking minimums for new developments. Many cities are doing away with the old way of thinking…build as many parking spaces as you can…in favor of encouraging residents and visitors to use public transportation. The DC USA building up in Columbia Heights has a huge number of spots required by zoning, and they aren’t being used, costing the city millions.

  5. The project plans include 90 parking spaces below grade, including 15 set aside for guests and retail patrons. That leaves a parking ratio of 1 space for about ever 2 units, which is in line with the actual ‘occupied’ count at most residential buildings in the neighborhood. This topic was discussed in detail at the public meetings held for the project as it was going through entitlements in mid 2008/early 2009.

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