Friday, July 11, 2014

Westminster Looking for Developer Partner

Today, Westminster Presbyterian Church released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to find a partner to redevelop its property at 400 I Street. The church property is a rectangular parcel just under two thirds of an acre located north of Waterfront Station and two blocks from the Waterfront metro. The church does not own the landscaped area that fronts 4th Street – it’s District owned land, but it is looking to purchase the land to increase the footprint of the parcel. Westminster is looking for the following in their space: 
  • Sanctuary/Worship - 7,000 SF 
  • Multi-purpose dividable room - to allow seated event for 600 people (Sanctuary/Worship included in this space) 
  • Commercial kitchen - 1,000 SF 
  • Office space - four separate (150 SF each) 
  • Session (Board) meeting room - one of which able to accommodate 20 tabled persons 
  • Mail/Copier/Computer room - 300 SF 
  • Storage space - 500 SF 
  • Parking - 25 spaces 
In addition, the church wants the following out of the development: 
  • Affordable housing component 
  • 2,500 SF restaurant located street level 
  • Workforce Development Center 
  • Community center space 
  • Maintain and enhance church mission and programs 
Westminster is following the lead of other SW churches including St. Augustine’s and St. Matthew’s in offering up their land in exchange for new sanctuary space. St. Augustine’s has partnered with PN Hoffman, where construction will soon be underway on a 108-unit mixed income condo building and a new sanctuary at The Wharf development. Meanwhile, St. Matthew’s is working with Trammell Crow, who will replace their sanctuary and build a 200-unit apartment building.

New St. Augustine's
New St. Matthew's


RFQ responses are due by 5pm on July 25th. The next step would be to release a Request for Proposals (RFP) to a short list of developers and then choose a developer partner.  The chosen developer would be able to enter a long-term lease agreement with Westminster for their land (although there is an option to purchase) and could build multifamily housing on the remaining land that isn't occupied by a new Westminster church. The current zoning for the parcel is R-3, but the Office of Planning is recommending through the Southwest Neighborhood Plan that the church parcel should be rezoned from moderate density residential to medium density residential with low-density commercial.

Renderings courtesy of MTFA Architecture and Shalom Baranes Associates


Will said...

Is there any update on St. Matthews? That poor lot has been vacant for forever, it seems.

Unknown said...

The RFQ says developers are required to submit a non-refundable $1000 check to offset "administrative fees" of evaluating the proposals... is this normal?

SWill said...

The latest I heard about St. Matthew's is a possible start in early 2015.