Thursday, September 14, 2017

Randall PUD Revisions Submitted

Now that Lowe Enterprises has been brought on as a developer partner in the redevelopment of Randall School on I Street to a mixed-use project, revisions have been made to the previously approved (and recently extended) PUD. One major change to the previous PUD is the removal of an annex building for the museum, which results in a larger courtyard separating the historic Randall School building and the proposed apartments. In addition, the design of the apartment building has been revised to further open up the courtyard – a portion of the wings of the apartment building was pulled away from the historic building. The courtyard will be open during the day and closed at night with gates. 

West view of courtyard
The east and central buildings will contain an approximately 32,000 SF modern art museum. The museum entrance has been shifted to the east building, which will allow the center building to be fully restored. Originally, a restaurant was planned in the east building’s auditorium, but instead this space will contain museum space with larger pieces of art, as well as ancillary retail (café, bookstore, gift shop). A mix of commercial, retail, and non-profit uses are still planned in the west building, but a mezzanine level will be added to increase the amount of usable space. 

Museum entrance moved to east building
Meanwhile, the residential entrance will now be in the center of the apartment building on H Street. The number of units have been reduced from 520 to 489 units. While the number of units have been reduced, the percentage of units set aside as affordable will remain – 20% of the units will be set aside as affordable to households earning up to 80% of Area Median Income. Most of the units will be apartments, but a portion may be built as condos. The parking garage entrance has been moved to the northeast corner and a total of 301 spaces are planned. The ground floor of the apartment building might include retail/service uses and two-level units might be created. Penthouse configuration and trellis placement are also changing slightly. The Bing Thom-designed apartment building has been refined by Beyer Blindle Belle, simplifying the façade to allow balconies and to further distinguish the historic Randall buildings from the new construction.

Former design 
Current design

If approved, abatement of the historic buildings are expected to start in late 2018, then demolition of the non-historic portion, which would likely put the start of construction in 2020. 

Renderings courtesy of Lowe Enterprises

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Countdown to Wharf Grand Opening

Mini golf in the summer? Check. 
Ice skating in the winter? Check. 
Multiple music venues? Check. 
Dozens of restaurants? Check. 
Parks and piers? Check. 
Office workers by day and residents and hotel guests by night? Check and Check. 

Now that the grand opening of District Wharf is only one month away, the development team of Hoffman-Madison Waterfront has released a listing of retail and office tenants and activities that will be coming to the southwest waterfront starting in October and over the next several months. The streets, promenades and alleyways within District Wharf will be teeming with activity. Most of the restaurants and retailers have already been announced over the past several months, but below is a comprehensive list: 
  • Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream 
  • Blue Bottle Coffee The Brighton 
  • Cantina Bambina 
  • Cordial Craft Wine, Beer & Spirits 
  • Del Mar de Fabio Trabocchi 
  • District Doughnut 
  • Dolcezza Florentijn 
  • Hank’s Oyster Bar 
  • Jenny’s 
  • Kaliwa by Cathal Armstrong 
  • Kirwan’s Irish Pub 
  • Kith/Kin by Kwame Onwuachi 
  • La Vie 
  • Lupo Marino 
  • Mi Vida 
  • Potomac Distilling Company 
  • Rappahannock Oyster Company 
  • Requin by Mike Isabella 
  • Shake Shack 
  • Southwest Soda Pop Shop 
  • Nick Stefanelli’s Italian Market and Restaurant 
  • Taylor Gourmet 
  • Velo Café at District Hardware 
  • Whiskey Charlie 
  • A Beautiful Closet 
  • Anchor on board with West Marine Pro 
  • Bella Moda Salon & Spa
  • Blink Optical 
  • Blush Med Skincare 
  • CVS Health 
  • d/Eleven 
  • DC Row 
  • District Hardware and Bike 
  • Harper Macaw 
  • Ligne Roset 
  • L’occitane Spa 
  • Martha Spak Gallery 
  • Patrick’s Fine Linens & Home Décor 
  • Politics and Prose Bookstore 
  • The Press 
  • Yoga Factory 

With all of the new restaurants opening in the next few months, one existing establishment will be closing – at least temporarily. Cantina Marina will close on October 28 until 2021 or 2022 when it will reopen in a new pier to be constructed during phase II of the District Wharf development. 

Previously unannounced office tenants include the following: 
  • Lumark Technologies (800 Maine) 
  • Capital Guidance (1000 Maine) 
  • SK Law (1000 Maine) 
  • Socially Determined (1000 Maine) 

A four-day kickoff celebration will be held to commemorate the opening of District Wharf, including fireworks, live entertainment, and other free events.  A complete listing of events can be found here. The festivities will begin with the Opening Ceremony on Thursday and will culminate with a fireworks show. Each day will include a headliner performer: 
  • Thursday, October 12: The Bacon Brothers 
  • Friday, October 13: Go Go Gadjet 
  • Saturday, October 14: White Ford Bronco 
  • Sunday, October 15: Howard Gospel Choir 

Water taxis will connect District Wharf with Georgetown, Alexandria, and National Harbor as well as a free jitney service to East Potomac Park. An app has been developed for District Wharf and will be available in October. Stay tuned!