From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]borderstan.com.
Don’t worry — this new development project isn’t taking place on 14th Street. In fact, it’s on the southeast side of Borderstan. This new project, being developed by Douglas Development, will be going up at 1000 F Street NW, at the corner of 10th Street NW.
Douglas Development just announced on May 21 that it had partnered with CBRE for the handling of the real estate that will include offices and retail space. Describing some of the building’s features, Douglas Development Principle, Douglas Jemal, said, “It will have top of the line amenities, including large terraces, high ceilings, a green roof, and a restored historic structure.”
Mixing Old with New
The new building at 1000 F Street will be 11 stories tall, take up approximately 93,000 square feet, and have 7,000 square feet for retail space on the ground floor. There will also be two floors of below grade parking, so with any luck, this new location won’t put too much of a burden on the parking scene. There will also be a terracotta façade and outdoor terraces.
All of this will be happening while the project also incorporates a two-story designated historic structure. Restoration is planned for those facades while the interior will be renovated and integrated.
Construction on this new building is expected to begin in late 2013.
We received confirmation from Douglas Development that they have begun construction on its new luxury apartment building at 2221 14th Street NW, the site of a former car lot at the intersection of Florida Avenue and 14th Street NW.
Construction is on its early stage and should be finish by the end of 2014, with first move ins by first quarter of 2015. There is still no word on who will occupy the retail space.
“The 30-unit, six story, upscale apartment building will provide residents with top of the line amenities, including high ceilings, balconies, bay windows, and under-ground parking. Occupying a total of 34,000 SF with 2,700 SF of ground-floor retail space, the building is designed to deliver quality and convenience in the heart of Washington, DC.”
The 14th Street corridor keeps on changing.
These days in the District, what isn’t getting turned into a new apartment complex, restaurant or both?
Now, Elevation DC reports that Douglas Development is two weeks away from starting construction on an apartment building on the site of a former 14th Street NW car lot at the intersection of Florida Avenue.
Elevation DC says the developers have not selected a retailer as of yet, but if the space were to be a restaurant, it would be able to seat up to 100 people indoors and 32 outdoors in a potential patio space on Florida Avenue.
From Luis Gomez and Matty Rhoades
Good news for local gardeners. OLD CITY green will be open another season. Located at 9th and N Streets NW, owner Frank Asher learned last week that he will be in the space through this fall, with an exact closing date to be set. Asher has been at the space since late 2008/early 2009. He told Borderstan Sunday that he will be in the space until the fall, with an exact closing date not yet set.
The small locally owned nursery was open for business this past weekend with regular hours (weekdays and weekends) to resume this Saturday, March 24. With the demise of 14th Street’s Garden District at the end of 2010, OLD CITY green is the only independently owned nursery and garden space in the neighborhood.
Douglas Development owns the lot and Asher knew the day would come when he would have to close or move because the lot would be developed. After OLD CITY green is gone, the lot will become a mixed-use development, including ground-floor retail and 50-plus residential units. Recently, Renew Shaw recently had the artist renderings of the CAS Riegler plans for 9th and N Streets NW.
Asher, who also runs a landscaping business told Borderstan last October that he is able to compete with larger chain competitors by focusing on urban gardening that is suited for the neighborhood, as well as community-focused events.
“OLD CITY green employs two master gardeners and a gardening teacher as part of our service. We are also a drop off site for the Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA) where organic, locally grown food is delivered at the nursery once a week to people who have ordered them from farms,” said Asher in October. “We also host events in our space. It can be really lovely here in the evening with our tiki torches and lights.”
What then for Asher and OLD CITY green? “I am already looking for another lot, probably a smaller space.”