by Tim Regan July 21, 2015 at 1:05 pm 1 Comment

Parcel 42The D.C. Government will hold another informational meeting related to a plot of land known as Parcel 42 and located at the intersection of R Street and 7th Street NW.

The meeting will be held next Tuesday, July 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library (1630 7th Street NW).

Last month, employees from the D.C. Deputy Mayor’s Office for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) held a public meeting to share information and receive feedback from locals regarding the plot of land.

Now, the DMPED wants to talk with more residents as part of its new Request for Proposals (RFP) initiative, which is designed to loop locals in on decisions regarding future neighborhood development.

“The purpose of this meeting is to reconnect with the community on the feedback received through the Workshop and Online Engagement Forum and how community input will be incorporated in the RFP,” reads the online posting.

by Borderstan.com April 26, 2013 at 8:00 am 0

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Parcel 42 is at the corner of 7th and R / 7th and Rhode Island NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

The deputy mayor for Planning and Economic Development (PED) has selected the developer for Parcel 42 — a plot of land in Shaw at 7th Street NW and Rhode Island Avenue NW, and a rectangular lot at 7th and R Streets.

Several bidders met the qualifications of the previously solicited Request for Expressions of Interest, but PED selected Shaw 42 Developers, LLC, a joint venture between TenSquare and the Chapman Development Group.

The planned development includes a 105-unit residential building with ground floor retail, according to a previous profile from Urban Turf. The development will consist of studio, one-and-two-bedroom units, with room for retail.

ANC 6E-02 Commissioner Kevin Chapple says the proposal from Shaw 42 Developers was most attractive to the city because the group offers the city a 99-year ground lease. This means that after 99 years, the land and the building on Parcel 42 will revert back to the ownership and control of the city government, unless otherwise negotiated.

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by Borderstan.com March 12, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

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Corner of 7th and R Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

A city-owned plot of land in Shaw at 7th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW — dubbed Parcel 42 — is one step closer to being the neighborhood’s next big development project.

In November 2012, the DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) announced that six bidders met the qualifications of the 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 from Baywood Hotels and Dantes Partners, an eight-story residential building from Neighborhood Development Company and a 105-unit residential building from 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 developer gave us the details on the proposed plan. The hotel will have 102 hotel suites and will feature 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 22 subsidized housing units and will create 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. 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’s 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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by Borderstan.com December 13, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,108 0

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A hotel is proposed for Parcel 42 at 7th and Rhode Island NW. (Courtesy of Dantes Partners)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

Last Wednesday night, ANC 2C voted 2-1 in favor of the proposed plan to turn Parcel 42 (a city-owned lot at the intersection of 7th Street NW and Rhode Island Avenue NW) into a 102-suite hotel with a rooftop pool and a local grocery store on the ground-floor.

Additionally, the proposed building will create 65 to 75 long-term jobs, more than 300 construction jobs and 22 housing units for families that meet income qualifications. To get some more details on the proposed plans, we talked with the developers of the plan, Dantes Partners, to hear all about what could be coming to Shaw.

Borderstan: Why did your group choose to pitch a hotel for the space? How do you think a hotel will benefit the neighborhood?

Dantes Partners: A hotel has numerous benefits, one of the most significant benefits is allowing our group to provide Shaw residents more of what they want (according to an ANC letter) and still remain a profitable and sustainable project. Twenty-four-seven foot traffic has potential to make the area safer. Hotel residents are more likely to utilize nearby retail establishments than apartment residents.

Hotel development spurs new support centers, especially restaurants, which would improve the local corridor and increase more traffic to the neighborhood from other DC residents. Additionally, the project would create 60 to 75 living wage jobs and over $18 million in tax revenue to the District – way more than any other proposal can achieve.

Borderstan: How many rooms is the hotel expected to have? Will the hotel include any interesting features?

Dantes Partners: The hotel will have 102 suites, currently. That number could increase down the road once detailed plans are drafted. The exterior of the hotel has some unique features to create an iconic, high quality building. Currently, we’re planning a rooftop pool with green space, LED lighting on the exterior of the building with the possibility to change colors. There is also a balcony for the hotel guests (as shown in the picture). Specifically, there will likely be two balcony/patio type spaces. One for hotel tenants and the other for the residential tenants. The hotel will also offer valet parking for hotel guests with dedicated parking for residential tenants.

Borderstan: Can you estimate how many jobs a hotel will employ?

Dantes Partners: The project over all will provide for some 65 to 75 long term jobs, of which 45 to 55 will be provided through the hotel. These jobs are not to be confused with construction jobs. We’re focused on long term, career focused job growth. That said, the project will create nearly 300 construction jobs as well.

Borderstan: We read that the proposal would have Milk and Honey as the ground-floor retail. What is Milk and Honey and why were they chosen?

 Dantes Partners: Milk and Honey is a unique grocer/market that works with local farmers. The owner of the Baltimore store is a very good friend of mine and is also very interested in opening a store in DC. With the hotel serving as an anchor, we have a place where our guest could eat a sandwich and work remotely in the sit down area of the restaurant.

Borderstan: We read that there will be some housing on the space for those who meet income qualifications. Will the housing be a separate building? Or will it be inside the hotel? How much space is designated for the housing?

Dantes Partners: Another very unique feature of proposal — the housing space (22 units) will be located on floors two and three and will have its own unique entrance, lobby and public space apart from the hotel. The residential build out will represent 24 percent of FAR, or 22,378 SF. The units will be available for working professionals making no more than $50,000.

The housing will be available for those who are income eligible and it is our hope that our employees of the hotel will also take advantage of this offer. Now that the ANC has voted for the proposal, Urban Turf reports ANC 2C will be writing a letter of support to the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, who will make the final decision.

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by Borderstan.com December 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm 1,029 0

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Renderings for Parcel 42 at 7th and R Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

This Wednesday, ANC 2C will vote to make a formal recommendation on what the city should do with Parcel 42, the vacant lot at the intersection of Rhode Island, 7th and R streets. The meeting will take place at 6:30 pm at the Watha T Daniel/Shaw Library (1630 7th Street NW).

Six bidders met the qualifications of the previously solicited Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI). The proposed plans include the following:

  • 105-unit residential building with retail
  • 102-room hotel, 22 affordable units and 74-space underground parking
  • 50-unit apartment building with community garden and 60 underground parking spaces
  • 100-unit residential project with retail, community garden and live-work spaces
  • 81-unit or a 99-unit project with a Yes! Organic Market
  • 96-unit residential project with two levels of retail, rooftop garden and a public courtyard

Since the city owns the land, the ANC’s recommendation will be given great weight in awarding the development contract.

Currently, some members of the community have weighed in on the decision by sending a letter to Commissioners recommending the proposal submitted by Principian Ventures (Baywood Hotels and Dantes Partners), which would feature a Marriott Towneplace Extended Stay hotel.

According to an email circulated by a resident, the group “believes a hotel would do more to sustain a thriving, safe and beautiful neighborhood than any other proposed use (apartments and, in some other proposals, more retail space).”

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by Borderstan.com November 16, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,185 0

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Six new possible developments for parcel 42. (Courtesy of developers)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. 

Proposed plans for a Parcel 42, a plot of land in Shaw at 7th Street NW and Rhode Island Avenue NW and a rectangular lot at 7th and R Street, were revealed Wednesday night at a DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) meeting.

Six bidders met the qualifications of the previously solicited Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI). Urban Turf lists the details of the six proposed projects.

The proposed projects for Parcel 42 include:

  • 105-unit residential building with retail
  • 102-room hotel, 22 affordable units and 74-space underground parking
  • 50-unit apartment building with community garden and 60 underground parking spaces
  • 100-unit residential project with retail, community garden and live-work spaces
  • 81-unit or a 99-unit project with a Yes! Organic Market
  • 96-unit residential project with two levels of retail, rooftop garden and a public courtyard

DMPED will select the winning development among the list in the next few months. Community members are also encouraged to give feedback; the local ANC will meet on Dec. 5 to assess the plans for the 17,000-square-foot plot of space.

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by Borderstan.com November 8, 2012 at 9:00 am 1,169 0

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Corner of 7th and R Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

DC’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) is in the early stages of fully developing a city-owned lot at the southeast corner of 7th and R Streets NW. The City recently solicited a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the development of the lot, dubbed Parcel 42, which is 17,008 square feet.

Six bidders met the qualifications in the RFEI, and these developers will present their proposals to the community on Wednesday, November 14, 2012. The public is invited to attend, listen to the presentations and ask questions at the end of the program.
The DMPED requested that bidders design a development that has the following:
  • High architectural design quality that maximizes density
  • Economic viability
  • Mixed-income residential rental component that maximizes affordability based upon the District’s contribution of land value
  • Local and small business neighborhood serving retail
  • A transit oriented development that reflects the project’s adjacency to the Shaw/Howard Metro Station
The presentations will be made from 6 pm until 8:30 pm at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library (1630 7th Street NW). For more information on Parcel 42, visit the website.

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