The odd looking brick building at 1728 14th Street NW that used be the Granger warehouse is almost down. While the front facade looks almost normal from the street, the rear alley view tells a different story. The lot is slated to become a four-story, mixed-use retail and office space. Perseus Realty has been working on its demolition for the last couple of weeks — only the 14th Street brick facade is left.
The new building will be 35,000 square feet with the first two floors for retail and two more floors for offices.
Last year Robert Cohen, president of Perseus Realty told Borderstan, “The area is maturing and has lots of apartments and residences,” adding “Now the local population needs other services, and that is what we are hoping this renovated building will provide.” It is scheduled to be completed by the first quarter of 2014.
An empty warehouse at 1728 14th Street NW will soon be turned in to a four-story, mixed-use retail and office space.
Elevation Media reports that construction on the abandoned Granger warehouse will begin in the next three weeks and will hopefully be completed by May 2014. However, unlike most developments in the area, Perseus Realty will not turn the mixed-use space into a residential building.
“The area is maturing and has lots of apartments and residences,” Robert Cohen, president of Perseus Realty told Borderstan in July. “Now the local population needs other services, and that is what we are hoping this renovated building will provide.”
Rather, the development will be used for office space. Similarly, the retail space will not be reserved for a restaurant — a trend that most mixed-use developments embrace. Perseus Realty President Bob Cohen told Elevation Media that he is “very excited” that the retail space is not a restaurant.
Groundbreaking got underway in December 2010 on the Jefferson 14W project, and the massive residential-retail complex will open in stages during the next few months. The massive complex at the northeast corner of 14th and W Streets NW will also include a new YMCA on the 1400 block of W Street.
A spokesperson for the developer, Perseus Realty, said, “We are currently planning to open the residential portion of the project in late November or early December. The first three floors will open with the initial delivery. The top four floors with the subsequent turnover three to four weeks later.” It is anticipated that the YMCA will open sometime in January.
According to Perseus, the approximately 320,000 square foot project will include 231 rental apartments, an all-new 44,000 square foot YMCA facility, and more than 11,000 square feet of ground-level retail space.
The 14th Street area between Logan Circle and Columbia Heights has seen a revitalization like no other area of DC over the past several years. The neighborhood is filling up with new restaurants and boutiques, while preserving and restoring older, historic landmarks.
And while it seems like another new business is opening weekly, there are still some buildings and blocks on the strip that could use a little TLC.
Take, for example, the abandoned Granger warehouse at 1728 14th Street NW. The windowless and vandalized brick building is a bit of an eyesore among its bustling neighbors, including Redeem, Cork and the Black Cat. But not for long — the warehouse at 14th and S Streets NW is getting a facelift and makeover.
The project developer, Perseus Realty, hopes to begin an exterior façade renovation in January 2013. The architect, Bonstra|Haresign, intends to leave the interior floor plan intact, for the most part, but will completely remodel the exterior of the building for commercial and retail space.
“The area is maturing and has lots of apartments and residences,” said Robert Cohen, president of Perseus Realty. “Now the local population needs other services, and that is what we are hoping this renovated building will provide.”
While the developers have an idea of the types of businesses and retailers they hope to attract, there are no firm lease plans in place.
“We know that neighborhood retail [in the renovated building] will be a great addition to the services already established in the area,” said Cohen.
Stay tuned for more information as the project continues.