Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Help Wanted: 1600 North Capitol Seeks Developer


A 77-unit mixed-use project will soon rise at the corner of Florida and North Capitol Streets, NW, if a suitable development partner can be found. The design of the project at 1600 North Capitol Street, NW, is currently being inked by DC-based Bonstra Haresign Architects, and the owner is now seeking a savvy developer to see the project through (phones are open, call now, don't wait). The 18,984-s.f. chunk of vacant land will house a 7-story, L-shaped building, with approximately 117,000 s.f. of space, serving both residential and retail purposes, according to the architects.

Florida and Q Street, LLC initially applied for zoning approval back in February of 2006; the typical zoning procedure ensued, but surprisingly, "There were no parties in opposition," according to the Zoning Commission. Other than a few minor changes to the design of the building's facade, the P.U.D. application went swimmingly. NCPC (National Capital Planning Commission) approved it in December of 2006, followed by Zoning's approval in January of 2007.

The now-approved P.U.D. application had requested that the zoning for the site be changed from C-2-A to C-2-B, which would allow for: An increase of residential lot occupancy to 75%, a 15 ft. increase in maximum building height to 65 ft. and "medium density" development on the lot by right. Yet in the same approval, NCPC and the Zoning Commission gave the nod for the design of a taller structure than the by-right zoning permitted, approving a 7-story central tower at the intersection of North Capitol Street and Florida Avenue; the building will now measure 81 ft. from N. Capitol Street, and 86 ft. from Florida Ave.

Of the 77 units, 73% will be one-bedrooms and 26% will be two-bedrooms; and one lucky person will get a three-bedroom unit. The plans also include approximately 5,000 s.f. of ground floor retail along Florida Avenue and two levels of underground parking to create a total of 84 parking spaces.

"We're anxious to continue work on implementing an important residential project in a fast-developing corridor of the city," said Bill Bonstra, Principal at Bonstra Haresign, "Mr. [Joe] Mamo has worked diligently with the community, hand in glove, to understand their needs. In response to community requests we've incorporated neighborhood retail into the project," Bonstra added.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why must all Bonstra buildings look the same? And with that stupid little halo at the corner.

sigh

Anonymous said...

I'm happy with the development and retail space. Better than that parking lot

Scenic Artisan on Nov 28, 2007, 11:53:00 PM said...

thanks for posting this.

David on Nov 29, 2007, 3:05:00 PM said...

Apologies - some corrections to this article needed to be made today; apparently a few of the more detailed facts were left out. Please find them in newest version.

Anonymous said...

I don't see the corrections. What's different in the post?

David on Nov 29, 2007, 9:43:00 PM said...

First (and most importantly) Florida and Q Streets LLC is headed by Joe (not Bill) Mamo. Secondly, some minor things were incorrect, such as the percentage increase in lot occupancy, and a few other minor factual things. If you didn't notice, that's a good thing - it means I'm not as inept as I think I am.

Chris in Eckington said...

I really hope this gets built. It will do a lot towards cleaning up that intersection.

Anonymous said...

Is this the northwest corner? If not, then what corner of North Capitoland Florida?

Anonymous said...

Yes, where the parking lot is.

retail broker said...

This is a very difficult corner for retail since there's no place to park on the street and crossing either/both Florida and North Cap is tricky.

Scenic Artisan on Dec 2, 2007, 1:00:00 AM said...

i've never had a problem crossing the street there. how do you find the intersection tricky?

CitySlurp on Dec 2, 2007, 8:28:00 AM said...

Sweet, I hope this all works out. This will bring the area into a new level.

dcavocado on Dec 2, 2007, 10:26:00 AM said...

Awesome...I hope they find that developer!

Anonymous said...

This is great, let's hope it goes through as planned. Any updates on EC-12?

Anonymous said...

what a disgustingly ugly building!!!

Scenic Artisan on Feb 29, 2008, 7:37:00 PM said...

any developments?

Scenic Artisan on Sep 24, 2008, 2:20:00 PM said...

seems work has been goin on there. maybe they are removing the old gas tanks?

Anonymous said...

The height on the building will destroy my Capitol view. Not cool! Seriously, not cool at all.

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