DC-based MRP has long-term plans for a mixed-use development across from the planned DC United stadium on Buzzard Point. The site in question is a group of warehouses on the 1800 block of Half Street, including Ziegfield’s/Secrets. The site has been for sale for some time now. There were clues that MRP had plans to develop on Buzzard Point – the first being one of the firm’s principles stated it during a speech at the Capitol Riverfront BID's annual meeting I attended last month, although the site was not identified during his remarks. The second clue was a little more obvious...the Office of Planning’s Buzzard Point Design Framework Plan states MRP was one of the owners of the Half Street site. The Washington Business Journal reports that the proposed development will be a 300,000 SF residential over retail building, but construction will not begin until after the stadium is built, so it's still too early to know exactly what will be constructed.
Another developer in the area also has plans for Buzzard Point. The Office of Planning identified 1900 Half Street as one of six major projects planned on Buzzard Point during their Buzzard Point Design Framework Plan presentation to the community on February 3. Douglas Development owns 1900 Half Street, an office building catty-corner to MRP’s site and has plans to redevelop it into approximately 400 multifamily units.
In other Buzzard Point news, Stadium District Lofts received unanimous ANC support during Monday’s ANC 6D meeting. This eight-unit apartment development at 1542 1st Street is planned as a 4-5-story building without parking. The project will be before the Zoning Commission on March 17.