Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Living Hope Church Site For Sale

A for-sale sign has gone up in recent weeks on the Living Hope First United Pentecostal Church of Washington DC, located at 1200 1st Street. (H/T to reader @MichaelMills_DC) It is located next to James Creek and across the street from the DMV. According to the listing on LoopNet, the church was built in 1957 with an elevator added in 2002 and new windows in 2011. It is approximately 7,500 SF and contains a fellowship hall, office space, commercial kitchen and baptismal pool. The sanctuary seats over 260 people. 

Prior to Living Hope, the church was home to Second Baptist Church Southwest, which originally built the church in 1957 after purchasing the site from the Housing Authority – it was last for sale in 2012 when Second Baptist moved from the space to District Heights, Maryland. It appears that Second Baptist still owns the church and is leasing it to Living Hope. The current sale price is $1.6 million and the property is zoned R-4. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Revised Stadium PUD Application

Last week, D.C. United submitted a revised PUD application for their planned 19,000-seat, LEED-Gold stadium on Buzzard Point and released new renderings via social media. Compare to the original filing from January.  The application was revised based on comments from the Zoning Commission back in the spring. In their letter to the Zoning Commission, submitted with the application, the team identifies two major changes to the stadium design, including: 
  • A two-way private street will run along the east side of the stadium site. This street is an extension of 1st Street and will be open to the public on non-game days, but closed on days when D.C. United has a match. The street will allow a pedestrian and vehicular connection north-south through the site. It will be 23 feet wide with sidewalks on both sides of the street, ranging from 13 feet to 30 feet. South of S Street, there will only be a sidewalk on the west side of the street. On the south side of the stadium site, there will be a coffee shop and the team offices. 
1st Street extension (stadium is at left)
Main entry gate (1st Street extension & Potomac Avenue)
  • The PUD boundary now includes the large plaza located on the northeast portion of the stadium site near the main entrance. The southern edge of the plaza will have a canopy park with trees, seating area and structural canopies for vendors to use or for farmers’ markets. In the middle of the plaza, there will be a sculpture with the letters “D.C. United”. On non-game days, the D.C. United sculpture letters will be surrounded by a splash fountain. The plaza will be activated on match day with a variety of activities, including food trucks and other food vendors, merchandise sales, sponsor booths, kids zone, games like soccer tennis, beer garden, tailgating, live music, and a broadcast set, a la College Gameday. Other yard games will be held on an adjacent parcel (Parcel B) where future development is planned. 

Plaza area on match day
In addition to these major changes, D.C. United addressed some other issues, such as: 
  • 3,950 parking spaces in the vicinity of the stadium have been identified for use by D.C. United on game days. These include many of the same surface lots and garages used for Nationals games, as well as street parking. There will be zero parking spaces in the stadium. 
  • Pedestrian routes to the stadium have been identified – most fans will use Potomac Avenue via South Capitol Street and 1st Street SE. 
  • Development on the adjacent Parcel B will likely start in 1-2 years and may include multiple uses, including a hotel, office, ground floor retail, and/or event space. 
Concept rendering of Parcel B, south of large plaza
  • The revised drawings are more clear, refined and have more color. 
  • Along 2nd Street on the west side of the stadium, parklets will be installed which will include seating areas and bike parking. 
  • There will be 83 bicycle parking spaces and a bike valet at the corner of 2nd and T streets holding up to 150 bikes. 

Below are a few more renderings.

Team store on R Street
Staff entry and ticket office on 1st Street extension
NW entry gate at 2nd and R streets
If approved by the Zoning Commission, construction of the stadium could start before the end of the year and be ready in time for the 2018 MLS season. Demolition was completed earlier this summer.

Renderings courtesy of D.C. United and Populous

Update: The WBJ (subscribers only) reports that the team will issue a RFP for the 2-acre Parcel B within the coming weeks to a select pool of developers, but construction will not start at least until the end of the inaugural season at the new stadium in 2018. However, that timetable could be pushed up based on market forces. 

Photo Tour Part Three: Museums

There are currently two museums under construction in Southwest. Construction on The Museum of the Bible at 4th and D streets started in 2015. The 430,000 square-foot Museum of the Bible will include three exhibit floors that will tell the impact, narrative, and history of the Bible. Construction is expected to be completed by the fall of 2017.

Over on 10th Street at L'Enfant Plaza, construction began this summer on the site of the relocated International Spy Museum. The new International Spy Museum will occupy 140,000 SF, much larger than the current facility in Penn Quarter and will allow for three levels of permanent exhibition space in addition to event space. It's scheduled to open in the spring of 2018.

Renderings courtesy of SmithGroupJJR and Rogers Stirk Harbor + Partners

Monday, August 29, 2016

Photo Tour Part Two: Parcel 11 & Waterfront Park

Parcel 11 at The Wharf is further along than the other portions of phase one of development. 525 Condos started settlements in late July while St. Augustine's Church will have its convocation service celebrating its grand opening in September. Utility work is complete at Waterfront Park and some vertical construction is now evident - the large trellis has now been built.

Kitchen in model unit in 525 Water
Living room in 525 Water model unit

525 Water lobby area

Street access to units at 525 Water
Trellis at Waterfront Park
St. Augustine's Church

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Photo Tour Part One: The Wharf

Last weekend, I took a lot of pictures around the neighborhood to capture most of the major construction projects. First up is The Wharf. The buildings in phase one are getting closer and closer to their maximum height. Looking across from Hains Point, the waterfront skyline has changed significantly. The only building that hasn't reached above street level yet is 1000 Maine Avenue. Aside from 525 Water and St. Augustine's church, the Parcel 4 buildings are furthest along, with glass going up on VIO condos and brick appearing on the exterior of the apartment building facing Maine Avenue.

1000 Maine, Wharf Hall & apartments
District Pier & Intercontinental Hotel

Hyatt House & Canopy by Hilton
VIO condos

Here are a few photos of the buildings looking from Maine Avenue:

Wharf Hall & apartments 
800 Maine
Parcel 4 apartments
Hyatt House & Canopy by Hilton

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Construction Begins at The View at Waterfront

Construction fencing started going up in early August around the two parking lots for The View at Waterfront apartments at 6th and K and 6th and M streets, located between Arena Stage and Waterfront Station. Last week, demolition of the parking lots began, which will make way for two new mid-rise apartment buildings with 276 units (h/t to reader Alexander for the scoop that demolition had begun). Back in the spring, some upgrades were made to the courtyard between the Pei buildings. There will also be courtyards between the Pei and new buildings. Each will be about 57 feet wide. 

K St. side of The View
M St. side of The View

Mill Creek Realty Trust owns The View and is developing the new apartment buildings. Parking for the new construction and the existing I.M. Pei-designed apartment buildings will be below-grade. The M Street building will have some ground floor retail. Both buildings are expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2019 while leasing will commence in the second half of 2018. 

Construction of The View joins 301 M Street, The Eliot on 4th, and the St. Matthew's site (its groundbreaking will be on September 11), which are all in the vicinity of Waterfront Station. In addition, there are three apartment buildings and two condominium projects underway at The Wharf (525 Water received its certificate of occupation last month). Other multifamily buildings that may get underway in 2016 around the quadrant include The Portals (1200-block of Maryland Avenue), Riverside Baptist Church at 7th Street and Maine Avenue, and the addition at Capitol Park Tower (4th and G streets).

Rendering courtesy of SK&I Architecture

St. Matthew's Groundbreaking Set for September 11

A ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Sunday, September 11 for the new St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran church and apartments, planned for the intersection of Delaware Avenue and M Street. The event will be held at the lot at 222 M Street starting at 11:30am. It will be a festive occasion open to the public and will include a BBQ, along with a DJ, face painting, and other family-friendly activities.

Utility work for the project has been underway on Delaware Avenue since June. Once construction begins, it will take about two years to finish the church and apartment building, putting completion sometime in late 2018.

Rendering courtesy of Shalom Baranes Associates

Friday, August 19, 2016

Case Bridge Illumination Ceremony

Last night at a lighting ceremony held on District Pier at The Wharf, Mayor Bowser had the honor of pressing a big button to illuminate the Case Bridge over the Washington Channel. The bridge now has a blue light strip along the south-facing side of the bridge and soft white lights highlighting the stonework on the pillars. The reflection of the blue light strip gives the waters of the Washington Channel near the bridge a blue hue. Citelum designed the LED lighting scheme for the bridge. Accompanying the unveiling was a fireworks show - below is a video clip.

The new lighting scheme on the Case Bridge is permanent (minus the fireworks) and is part of the two billion dollar transformation of the Southwest waterfront to The Wharf. Blue lighting will also be located along the Wharf promenade. Over the next year or so, other components of The Wharf will be coming online, including Waterfront Park, a revamped Municipal Fish Market, Wharf Hall concert venue, three apartment buildings, two condominium buildings (525 Water delivered last month), two office buildings, three hotels, several restaurants and other retail, a new St. Augustine's Church, as well as a water taxi service, public piers and marina.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Transpoint Building to be Redeveloped as Riverpoint

The former Coast Guard headquarters building at 2100 2nd Street in Buzzard Point is slated to be redeveloped as a mixed-use project with apartments, condos, and 80,000 SF of retail. Per the Washington Business Journal, a development team including Akridge Development, Western Development, Jefferson Apartment Group, Orr Partners, and Redbrick LMD will take on the Transpoint Building project, which has been renamed Riverpoint. From the article: 
Riverpoint is slated to include roughly 425 apartment units and 110 condo units, Orr said, though that mix could change, and the team is in the midst of screening architects. Early plans are to add a floor or two to the 609,265-square-foot building and to seek permission for some restaurants to extend onto the waterfront or even float on the Anacostia River, though those details are still being worked out. 
This is one of two office buildings in Buzzard Point that are planned to convert to residential. Earlier this year, Douglas Development filed plans with the Zoning Commission to convert an office building on Half Street to 462 apartment units and 24,032 SF of retail space. Riverpoint is located just to the south of 100 V Street, an empty lot owned by Akridge that was partially taken by the city through eminent domain to build the new D.C. United stadium. Previously, 100 V Street was envisioned as an office campus for a federal tenant; however, the changing dynamic of Buzzard Point and a soccer stadium next door will likely mean those development plans will be altered. With 100 V Street and Riverpoint, Akridge will have a large presence in Buzzard Point. 

Construction of Riverpoint could start within 12 months, adding to the bevy of construction activity coming to Buzzard Point over the next 2-3 years, including Douglas’ project, a new D.C. United stadium, Pepco substation, Marina View condos and a new Frederick Douglass Bridge and traffic oval.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

525 Water Begins Settlements

The first units have settled at 525 Water, one of the condo buildings at The Wharf. According to the Washington Business Journal, four units have settled so far, and all of them belong to leadership at PN Hoffman, the master developer of the mega project on the Southwest waterfront. More than 50 percent of the units at 525 Water have sold so far, which means that settlements can begin. The article states that the building received its certificate of occupancy within the past week. 525 Water is part of Parcel 11 at The Wharf, which will be the first buildings to deliver in phase one. The new St. Augustine’s will open its doors next month with a convocation service on September 24. The remaining buildings in phase one from 7th Street to the Municipal Fish Market will deliver in the fall of 2017.