Progress is moving rapidly on the Northern Exchange building at the northwest corner of 14th and R Streets NW, according to a spokesperson for PN Hoffman, the developer. Originally constructed by Chesapeake & Potomac (C&P) Telephone Company in 1902, the newly renovated landmark will soon serve as home to D.C. condo dwellers. An Italian cafe is also expected to open on the first floor of the residential building.
This weekend, Northern Exchange hosted a grand opening of two model units and a limited release of units on the second and third floors. The building will have 36 loft-style units comprised of studios, one and two bedroom condos. Units at Northern Exchange come equipped with:
- Open loft floor plans with ceiling heights up to 15 feet
- Original exposed brick walls
- Contemporary kitchen designs and Bosch stainless steel appliances
- Modern bathroom finishes featuring Porcelanosa tile
- A common area rooftop deck with a residents’ lounge and outdoor grilling area
- A secure bike storage room
- Retail on the first floor
According to the PN Hoffman, the roughly 1,000 square feet of retail space will be home to Bar Bari, an Italian restaurant and espresso bar serving espresso, cocktails, gelato and food including charcuterie, lasagna and cannoli. The cafe will have both indoor and outdoor seating for diners. City Paper reports that the new cafe (expected to open in spring 2013) is from Aaron Gordon of Drafting Table.