Monday, May 15, 2017

Apartments Begin Leasing at District Wharf

Pre-leasing began today for The Channel and Incanto apartments at District Wharf. The Channel is located at 950 Maine Avenue and is the larger of the two buildings at 501 units, but the average unit size is smaller – 667 square feet. In fact, several of the units are classified as micro units, with movable islands and other built-in furniture. Units have concrete floors (carpets in bedrooms) and exposed concrete ceilings, barn doors, open kitchens, and floor-to-ceiling windows in select units. Units on the 11th and 12th floors have upgraded appliances, fixtures, and flooring. While the units are smaller, the common areas are massive, highlighted by the Wharf Club, an elevated one-acre park/amenity space on the 6th floor. The open space is on the roof of The Anthem – the infinity pool on the roof has acrylic panels on the bottom that overlook the lobby of the concert venue. Other amenities include cabanas and deck chairs overlooking the pool, dog run, community garden, a grassy area for relaxation, bocce courts, grilling area, party room, library lounge, and a two-story fitness center. 

Outdoor gathering area
Fitness center

Lounge area
Studio apartment rendering

Infinity pool

Cabanas by pool area

Incanto is located at 770 Maine Avenue and contains 175 units. Unit finishes are more upscale, including European style cabinetry, white quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, Kohler fixtures, Bosch washers & dryers, plank flooring, and Elfa® closet systems. Project amenities are less comprehensive than at The Channel, but residents will be able to purchase membership to the Wharf Club. Amenities within the building include a fitness center, resident lounge with kitchenette, a landscaped courtyard with fire pit, and access-controlled bike storage. Both buildings have affordable units set aside at various AMI levels. Move-ins will occur at both buildings this summer. 

Exterior of Incanto

Lobby area
Elevator lobby

Unit rendering 1
Unit rendering 2

Renderings courtesy of Hoffman Madison Waterfront

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Reporters Building to be Redeveloped as Residential

Back in 2013, the National Capital Revitalization Corporation developed the SW Ecodistrict Initiative for a 110-acre area south of the National Mall and north of the Southwest freeway. One of the goals of the initiative was to create a sustainable mixed-use community by introducing residential and/or hospitality uses in the area, which has been dominated for decades by government agencies and other office users. Since then, Republic Properties has proposed residential uses for one of the planned buildings at The Portals and Douglas Development purchased the Cotton Annex on 12th Street, with plans to redevelop the historic building and adjacent parking lot. 

Next up for redevelopment is the Reporters Building at 300 7th Street, located across the street from the D Street entrance to the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station at Constitution Center. Urban-Atlantic has plans to redevelop the aging office building as a multifamily project by re-skinning the exterior and adding up to five levels to the existing eight-story building. This is the same developer that converted the former EPA towers at Waterfront Station to Skyhouse East and West (now known as The Leo and The Lex). The 300 7th Street project will include about 370 units, which will be mostly rental apartments with condos on the top floor of the building and retail will remain on the ground floor. Current retailers include a barber shop and Pizza Autentica, the latter which opened back in 2009.

The proposed development is by-right and does not need zoning approval. However, it does need to get approval from the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the project will be on the agenda for this month’s meeting. At last night’s ANC meeting, the commissioners voted 5-0-1 to support the project. The lone abstention came from Commissioner Rhonda Hamilton, who was disappointed that the project will contain 100% market-rate units – no affordable units are required since the development is by-right. 

As more details of the project are made available, including renderings, I’ll provide updates.