Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Signs of Life at Silver Spring’s 1200 Blair Mill Project?


As is dcmud’s wont (and craving), we walk past 1200 Blair Mill Road on our way to secure our daily caffeine fix, and the last week or so has seen increased activity at this fence-enclosed site, including some surveying and the presence of heavy equipment doing demo work on the small 0.77-acre triangular lot where Blair Mill, Newell Street, and East-West Highway meet (previously home to a car detailer shop). And digging a bit reveals that in fact a building permit was issued in late April to MR Associates, LLC (Perseus Realty, LLC) for this lot. As first reported last year, Perseus – unless there have been last-minute unreported changes - is looking to build a $37 million residential development (pictured) containing between 99-118 condominium units, with 46 below-grade parking spaces. Approximately 15 units will be moderately priced dwelling units. Perseus is also expected to offer roof top deck and public green space, and the residences will include efficiencies, one, and two bedroom units. With JBG and Turner Construction’s quickly rising 460-unit Silver Spring Gateway project just across the street, this corner of East-Way Highway will get quite crowded in the next few years. We will continue to monitor the progress of this project.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

OT - I was curious about the status of a couple of projects and I'm not sure where to post those questions, so I thought I'd do it here. Going to the Nats game on Saturday I noticed that the projects across from Eastern HS look ready for redevelopment - any word what's going in there? Also was curious about the project east of the Abdo development at 3rd and H and whether theyw ere going to break ground anytime soon. Thanks for the great blog!

Nick on May 16, 2007, 7:33:00 PM said...

Thanks for the feedback - you can always e-mail us by clicking our names, or posting like you did here. The 3rd and H project is most likely the Capitol Place project (http://dcmud.blogspot.com/2007/04/
capitol-place-approved-but-
upzoning.html), which is going up across the street – is this it? As for development near Eastern HS (17th and E. Capitol), there are a number of small condo conversions over there … was it on E. Capitol itself? We can check it out!

stutterer said said said...

I'm a different person than anonymous, but I too love this blog! I check it every day.

I was wondering about the 3rd and H place too, but on the western eastern side. The lot North of Capitol Place and next to the old Children's Museum. At one point, they were entertaining a Harris Teeter on the ground floor, but I hear that fell apart, as Teeter opted for space in a building in NoMa (off first I think). Any news on the 'other' 3rd and H?

Nick on May 17, 2007, 2:36:00 PM said...

Thanks for the comments. There are two separate-yet-interconnected projects at that 3rd and H location. The first is Abdo’s Senate Square Landmark Lofts project, which is converting the old Children's Museum into 44 condos. Completion expected soon. This project will share a courtyard and amenities with Broadway’s Senate Square Towers. The two projects will share a 70 ft. rooftop pool, clubhouse and fitness center, and be part of same condo association. The Towers will be 432 condos in two 12-story towers (the Lexington and Concord). You can see more at: http://www.senatesquaretowers.com/home.htm
These two projects take up that whole block, so maybe this is what you are referencing?

stutterer said said said...

Hey, Nick! Thanks for the info!

Actually, I was referring to the north side of the 3oo block of H street. Abdo is parking a bunch of trucks there now, as they finish up the two projects on the Children's Museum site. However, that block is supposed to go up as apartments with a grocery store at ground level.

So... there's the Children's Museum (comprised of two projects), the Capitol Place project, and then the one I am referencing - all on the three corners of H and 3rd. The last corner of H and 3rd is a liquor store that simply won't sell out (even though the rest of the south side of the 300 block of H street has been sold to a developer).

Just wondering if anyone might know the status/name of the project I'm referencing....

Nick on May 17, 2007, 5:56:00 PM said...

Let me check into it - I have not passed by the site recently, so maybe I'll do that and do some digging - thanks for the info!

Anonymous said...

I don't get it. That lot is tiny -- and that pictured building is huge.

Nick on May 18, 2007, 10:37:00 AM said...

It is odd - I know that plot of triangle well, and have been wondering the same thing .... could be an odd angle, or a bad/old rendering ... plus it makes it seem it is in a park, when it is surrounded by road and the Mica and the Discovery building across the street next to Acorn park ....

stutterer said said said...

Cool beans!

I'll be excited to hear about it. :o)

Ken on May 18, 2007, 9:33:00 PM said...

The lot east of Senate Square was supposed to be a rental building, approximately 190 units, with a Harris Teeter as the anchor retail. Harris Teeter pulled out of the deal months ago, but I don't think it affected the overall project. It was never intended as a condo project, but as for ground-breaking, I don't think we've ever been right in predicting them, mostly because the schedules never seem to stick.

Anonymous said...

Is there one lot or two lots at 3rd and H east of Senate Square? The lot is split by an alley currently.

Oh, and the project across from Eastern High had a big sign describing the coming development last year. This year there's just a developer's sign (don't recall the name). There are a lot of boarded up yets there 9has to be 100's) so I suspect something pretty big is in the owrks.

stutterer said said said...

From my understanding, there are is one lot east of Senate Square.

I know the developer had petitioned the city to actually close off the alley. Not sure what came of that. That's why I was asking.

There are a lot of developments in the 300-400-500 block of H Street. I'm curious about this one (East of Senate Sq.), because it is going to help define the gateway to H street from the Western part of the city.

The developers are moving forward (I understand), but they're very hush-hush on what they're doing so far.

It'll also affect the values of a whole bunch of properties on the 400 block of H (north and south). They're not on the market yet, but there's a bunch of local chatter about them being up for sale shortly.

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aquabot on Sep 29, 2007, 2:22:00 AM said...

Thanks for the info but the pic appears very small.....I hope that the things gonna improves in future...and will be lot more worthy...

 

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