Thursday, March 01, 2007

Washington Gateway Project Images, Details


One of the more exciting proposed projects to hit the New York Avenue NE corridor the past year is MRP Realty’s Washington Gateway project, a $350 million development to be located in the NoMa section of Washington, just above the New York Avenue metro station at the southeast corner of New York and Florida Avenues NE, now the location of an abandoned lot and gas station (which will be going out of business in March). And MRP Realty has now provided us exclusive images and information about this anticipated project.

See the Washington Gateway site plan and more images of the project.

Earlier this month, the DC Zoning Commission granted Final Action approval to MRP Realty’s plan for this 1 million-sf, mixed-use project, which will feature two office towers (600,000 sf of office space total), plus a T-shaped structure, with one side containing a 180-room hotel and the other side a 250-unit residential tower (with 8% reserved for affordable housing). MRP will also reconfigure, widen, and upgrade the walking areas along New York and Florida Avenues to enhance pedestrian access and safety, and also include new plantings and furnishings. In addition, sidewalk cafes and shops are planned for these thoroughfares. The project will also provide a direct connection to the metro through the Metropolitan Branch Trail via a three-story atrium. There will also be a public central plaza with cobblestones, benches, and a fountain, and will feature bicycle racks and a bicycle pump station.

The architect for the office towers will be Gensler, with SK&I handing the residential and hotel tower. Land and streetscaping will be designed by Occulus. MRP expects to break ground in early 2008, with completion scheduled for early 2010.

See the Washington Gateway site plan and more images of the project.

MRP Realty was created in 2005 by former Trammel Crow executives, and is quickly rising in the Washington metro developer scene, with over 2.25 million sf under development and another 3 million sf of development in the pipeline. Speaking with dcmud, Jonathan Lischke, MRP Vice President, stated that “[w]e are very excited about the project as Washington Gateway combines elegant and sophisticated urban architecture with sustainable design and smart growth. The buildings will be a combination of glass, metal, and pre-cast; incorporate green elements; and encourage pedestrian and bicycle use through proximity to metro and the Metropolitan Branch Trail. As one of the tallest projects in the District, Washington Gateway will not only have views of the Capitol Building but it will also be highly visible as a gateway to NoMa and downtown DC.”

13 comments:

Jim in DC on Mar 1, 2007, 5:29:00 PM said...

Is there a way to get bigger images on the click-thru? When I click the small image I get another small image, same size.

Thanks for the site - like it very much...

Nick on Mar 1, 2007, 5:46:00 PM said...

For this story, click on the link in the middle of the story - http://dcrealestate.com/wg.cfm - to see big images of this project.

As for the small image we use on the stories in general, we will do a better job of having bigger click-thru images in the future. Thanks!

Katie said...

What an interesting and impressive project. The District needs more smart growth like this one. Great site Nick!

Anonymous said...

I wonder how this will change NY avenue ... you have this, and the Jim Abdo project to the east ... will NY avenue become one long developed road, or will it be "mini" pockets of small town centers? It will be interesting if nothing else.

Chris on Mar 3, 2007, 5:24:00 PM said...

Meh. Its an improvement over whats there now, which is nothing. And I suppose its mixed use and encourages use of the future Metropolitan Branch Trail, as well as Metro.

But where is the inspired architecture? Why are we satisfied with such bland buildings here?

Take a look at skyscrapercity.com sometime to see the projects on the books for every other major american city, and then compare that with ours. DC seems to be about 20 years behind.

Can't we screen for unnattractive architecture in the approval process or something?

Anonymous said...

I agree with you Chris. The architecture in DC is pretty uninspired for the most part. There are some great architectural examples all across our country and the rest of the world but somehow we in DC just settle for mediocre and think it is somehow top-quality. But who cares? I care! Does it really cost that much more to a development firm for a more inspired and original piece of architecture. There are a few recent examples of good architecture in DC, but it seems that we don't experiment enough here. I would like to hear what others have to say about it.

But, anyway..... I am glad to see this development take place. It is an improvement. It is good that MRP is incorporating housing, hotel, and office space in one development.

Anonymous said...

I know this development is attached to a metro site and, therefore, is considered smart growth, but not everyone who lives or works at the site is going to take Metro. I wonder how much is being done to mitigate the traffic impact at that intersection. New York avenue inbound during rush hour is an absolute disaster.

Scenic Artisan on Mar 16, 2007, 4:52:00 PM said...

not too long ago there was a plan to build a tunnel connecting New York ave east of the tracks to the third street tunnel.

anyone know about that?

Peter said...

Chris, no other city has 130' height limits for buildings. We won't be able to compare the amazing architecture of other cities to DC until the height limitation is changed.

Anonymous said...

The height limitation is not the cause of boring, conservative architecture. It is the culture of architecture and its lack of importance among a few controlling developers that is a major cause of boring, conservative architecture. But, architecture in DC is slowly taking on more bold characteristics now. Stay tuned....

Take a look at Paris. It has a stringent height limit like DC, but architecture there is quite amazing.

Anonymous said...

I can not wait to see this project that will clean this area from drug addicts who are trashing the area.I just bought a house nearby and I am optimistic about the new changes.

Mike on Oct 24, 2007, 12:05:00 PM said...

I hope they get this done fast though. You know it will be a mess while they are building it.

Anonymous said...

Being an owner of 2 properties in the area I must say "I LOVE IT keep it coming" can't wait for them to start the Abdo and the Farmers Market projects as well, either move with the neighborhood or get the _____ OUT...! well that's the clean version LOLOLOLOL...

 

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