Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Nehemiah Center Faces the Reaper


Level2 Development of DC announced a preliminary plan for developing the Nehemiah Center, a block-long strip mall at 2400 14th Street between Columbia Heights and U Street. The developer, already marketing View14 condominiums just across the street at 14th and Florida Ave., is partnering with Chicago-based Centrum Properties for both projects. The team hopes the weight of the two projects will bring a transformation of the area into a “retail anchor” by adding parking, 20,000 square feet of retail and 225 residential units replacing the out-of-place shopping center, and 17,000 s.f. of retail and 170 condos at View14. Shalom Baranes will design the newest project, which should start construction late next year. A spokesman said Level2 purchased the Nehemiah Center for “approximately $13m” and envisions the area as a “gateway between Columbia Heights and the 14 th & U corridor, an area largely bypassed by local development.” No name has yet been adopted for the new project.

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