Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Northwest One Project Announces Start Date


The District announced today its decisions on how to proceed with the first major phase of Northwest One. In an 11am press briefing, the Mayor announced that DC-based Banneker Ventures will join developer William C. Smith & Co. to build 300 units of housing in place of the vacant parking lot at the intersection of North Capitol and Patterson Streets. Groundbreaking is now expected in "spring" of 2010, according to Mayor Adrian Fenty.

The $80m project will include 313 new housing units, with 30% pledged for "affordable" housing. 59 of the units will be set aside for former Temple Courtiers.

The Warrenton Group has been having a good year with DC officials, having been named recently as the local partner for the planned Park Morton, a $130m project announced earlier this month, and having been selected last December (as Banneker Ventures) to build the Deanwood Community Center, and last October rebuild the Strand Theater. Warrenton Group was also given a new lease on life for the Florida Avenue parcel, awarded to Banneker by WMATA in 2008 but not built out.

Architecture firm Eric Colbert & Associates will design the 12-story building, and William C. Smith & Co affiliated WCS Construction team will build it. The larger Northwest One project, in all $700 million worth of development, will also include Jair Lynch and affordable housing provider Community Preservation and Development Corporation, which together will team up as the One Vision Development Partners as a Certified Business Enterprise.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's great. I guess since Fenty and the Warranton guys are old friends, Fenty can just feed them fat contracts from the city over and over. After all, since they are the "local" entity, they can let the main contractor do the work while getting rich off tax dollars, and can't be fired. Notice that none of their projects ever get built, and yet they keep getting more contracts. With no experience.

Evan on Oct 27, 2009, 4:27:00 PM said...

That's actually a surprisingly nice design. It uses traditional materials (brick, stone), but is modern in it's execution.

Anonymous said...

Is this a joke?

Take a look at the Warrenton Group's contact address...it's 1547 7th St., NW Washington, DC 20001!!!

This address is the dump (i.e. abandoned vacant liquor store) that Warren Williams has owned for years...

THIS IS THEIR CONTACT ADDRESS???

And the city is handing these people fat contracts???

WTF??!!

Anonymous said...

Seriously, Evan, a nice design? Just another Colbert prison design. Very depressing.

Anonymous said...

Anon is right. Thre is a real story here with the Warrenton Group. As i understand, they have owned the vacant, delapidated building at 7th and Q, NW...have they escaped the vacant/blighted tax classification? what's the story. This seems like a real opportunity for DC Mud.

Anonymous said...

Evan...you are out to lunch dude

Mari on Oct 28, 2009, 10:40:00 AM said...

Is it WarrAnton or WarrEnton? I'm trying to find info on them and the spelling doesn't help. Also what has the Warre/anton group build so far?

Anonymous said...

Mari -

It is Warrenton as in Warren Williams...as in Club U/DC Lottery/vacant building on southeast corner of 7th and Q...exact address of vacant building is 1547 7th Street NW which was the "contact address" on the Warrenton Group's website until last night when it suddenly was "down for maintenance"...something tells me their contact address will now change to something other than an abandoned liquor store...

Somebody needs to figure out what's going on here if the city is handing this entity these contracts...

IMGoph on Oct 28, 2009, 3:15:00 PM said...

you might want to fix the map link you have at the top there. it links to 2 M street SE, near the ballpark. wrong part of town.

DatinginDC on Oct 29, 2009, 1:49:00 PM said...

wow... I seriously need better friends - unbelievable.

Had this been the federal gov't they ALL would be incarcerated!!! Feds are asleep as usual.

Anonymous said...

Nobody even mentioned his infamous role in the DC lottery.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Fenty,

Please advise how you are going to respond to this. As one of your supporters, I hate to think that our resources are given out in third-world fashion.

Anonymous said...

Funny that this development firm still can't get its website up and running...still "down for maintenance" since October 27th!

Please don't let this go DC Mud...

Anonymous said...

http://www.bonstra.com/news_body.html

Aug 2009

Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS is pleased to announce that we have been awarded design services to assist the Warrenton Group with the renovation and modern addition to historic 1547 7th Street, NW. One of the few remaining Arts and Crafts style buildings in DC, 1547 7th Street formerly housed the developer's father's business and rental apartments. The renovated building will house Warrrenton's corporate offices and a corporate apartment

 

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