Monday, August 18, 2008

MacArthur Boulevard Townhouses


An old psychiatric hospital on MacArthur Boulevard may be replaced with for-sale townhomes as early as next year, if all goes well for the developer. Willco Residential and the New York-based Athena Group, LLC, which owns the property, are in the PUD process for Canal Parc, a 37-unit development at 4460 MacArthur Boulevard, NW. A partnership between the two companies, if approved, the project will yield "higher end" townhouses and break ground in the spring.

Designed by the Vienna-based Lessard Group, the project in the Palisades neighborhood was originally planned as 41 units but has since been scaled back to 37 three and four-story townhouses. Under the new plan, the developer will demolish the old Riverside Hospital and change the site's use from institutional to residential.

According to Jack Rosenfield at the Athena Group, the project is the biproduct of a friendship between the two developers.

The team submitted an application for a raze permit for the old hospital on August 6th; the city has not yet responded. In proximity to the 120,929 s.f. development are Canal View - single family houses, Foxhall Mews townhouses, and rowhouses along Lingan Road.

Rosenfield said, "Even through prices have softened, this is a great location."

The Lessard Group also designed The Monroe at Virginia Square in Arlington and JPI's Kings Crossing in Alexandria. The Athena Group developed the Grove at Arlington. Willco Residential developed Jefferson Row in Dupont Circle. You'd almost have to be crazy not to buy here.

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