Plans for the former Engine 13 firehouse site at 555 E Street have come into focus, a couple years after the first phase (a mixed-use Hyatt Place/firehouse project) opened down the street. A second hotel is planned by E Street Development, along with a mixed-income residential component and 10,750 SF of ground floor retail. The 253-key hotel has been identified as a citizenM hotel, a European brand hotel known for providing “affordable luxury.” The hotel company’s website describes the needs of its clientele as the following:
Mobile citizens know what they like from good lodgings. This includes stylish design, great value, the best entertainment, sociable atmosphere, a comfortable bed and big fluffy towels. They need accommodation in a good location, and they could do without unnecessary or hidden costs.
The residential building will include a mix of 136 market-rate multifamily rental units and 58 units of affordable housing for seniors ages 62 and above. This would be the third residential building planned north of the Southwest freeway and south of the National Mall - 1399 Maryland Avenue at the Portals is currently under construction and Urban-Atlantic has plans to convert the Reporters Building at 7th and D streets to residential. Construction of 555 E is currently scheduled to wrap up by the end of 2019, which would put groundbreaking sometime before the end of 2017.
Renderings courtesy of E Street Development Group