Sunday, March 21, 2010

Donatelli Breaks More Ground in Petworth


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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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, congratulations Donatelli and W4/W1! Any word DCMUD on razing the buildings, groundbreaking, or ANY movement by Donatelli on its Ward 7 property?

Melanie on Mar 22, 2010, 8:08:00 AM said...

Petworth will be a beautiful little "town" in the near future, and bringing this kind of density is just what will make it happen. Add to it the new Georgia Avenue trolley, and wow!

Anonymous said...

I am so excited!!!!!! Love Petworth!!!

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a good mixed use, mixed income, high density project. Go petworth! Georgia Avenue is really coming into its own.

Anonymous said...

Petworth already is nice, these condos aren't needed.

Mr. 14th & You on Mar 23, 2010, 1:10:00 PM said...

Curious as to how a project that has no retail component will contribute to the retail scene? It's nice that a decrepit block is getting a nice new building, but absent any retail activity it's just going to be a deadzone.

Anonymous said...

Since everything south of Rock Creek Church Rd is in Park View, let's not forget them either.

 

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