Developer Donatelli Development broke ground this past week at 3801 Georgia Avenue, until now a vacant lot in DC's Petworth neighborhood. The 49-unit, 7-story project will rise across from the Petworth Metro, and across the street from Park Place, Donatelli's last project.
Originally the project was a joint venture between Willco Residential and Donatelli, but a source at Donatelli says Willco is no longer involved in the building. Eric Colbert & Associates has designed the heavy-gauge steel and concrete building. Donatelli reports that the project will not have a retail component.
Given its proximity to Metro and retail components in the neighborhood, this could be the beginning of a more "downtown" Petworth, which has lacked a concentration of sustained retail, even along the busy Georgia Avenue corridor. While the groundbreaking was more ceremonial than real, actual work on the project is expected to get underway within weeks. The building will take up most of the empty lot, though the northernmost section of the land, at 3825-3829 Georgia Ave., will not be built out at this time. Donatelli plans a smaller project on that portion, with first-floor retail and "a small amount of residential" on the upper floors. That project will be designed by Bonstra Haresign Architects.
In addition to proximity to Donatelli’s recently completed Park Place, the corner will also soon be home to a new CVS, and just next door, a historic rehab-turned-restaurant, a project that kicked off just two months ago. There should be no shortage of affordable housing in the neighborhood, as just a few blocks north is the Georgia Commons Project, creating 119 of its 130 apartments as "affordable," while just to the south is the ambitious Park Morton project, a massively subsidized 500-unit community in the final planning stages.
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