Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Northwest One Announcement on the Horizon

It appears that construction is imminent on the next phase of development at Northwest One, the ambitious, $700m mixed-income housing project in the bursting NoMa neighborhood. Developer William C. Smith & Co. has been collecting subcontractors and is expected to announce shortly a schedule for work at the vacant parking lot - formerly the Temple Court Apartments - at the intersection of North Capitol and M Streets.

William C. Smith & Co. partnered with Jair Lynch, affordable housing providers Community Preservation and Development Corporation, and the Warrenton Group (formerly of Banneker Ventures) to create One Vision Development Partners, a Certified Business Enterprise that promises to create jobs for DC workers during the subcontracting phase of development.

Planned along a five-block stretch of North Capitol Street, the mixed-income Northwest One community is being born out of a need to confront the high crime and poverty rates within the public housing developments in the area.

Deputy Mayor’s Office Spokesman Sean Madigan told DCMud that a formal announcement about the city’s plans may appear as early as next week once they’ve finished “working out a few of these details” about timelines and participants. Until that happens, most participants in the project have been mum about details.

Eric Colbert, whose architecture firm Eric Colbert & Associates will design the 12-story 2 M Street NE building, confirmed that this portion of the mixed-use development will include 4,600 s.f. of ground floor retail, 326 apartment units, 10 town houses, and a rooftop pool.

Although William C. Smith & Co's affiliated WCS Construction team will handle the main contracting of the building at 2 M Street NE, W. Christopher Smith, Jr. pledged a 40% CBE (designated "local" business enterprise) goal at a July Northwest One public round table.


Justin from ReadysetDC on Oct 21, 2009, 9:42:00 AM said...

This isn't actually in NoMA, bust adjacent just to the west. Good to hear there is progress on this project...

Justin from ReadysetDC on Oct 21, 2009, 9:43:00 AM said...

**but adjacent

Anonymous said...

This actually is the small portion of NW One that's in NoMA. There are three parcels on the east side of North Cap, of which this is one.

Great to see this starting.

IMGoph on Oct 21, 2009, 11:08:00 AM said...

i'm pretty sure temple courts was at the northwest corner of north capitol and K. i'm sure there's something planned for that corner as well, but if this new building is really at 2 M Street NE, it's not "formerly the temple court apartments"

Justin from ReadysetDC on Oct 21, 2009, 11:12:00 AM said...

Not according to the NoMABID. The boundary in NW is a few blocks starting south of K Street:

According to the DC plan Northwest One will be bounded by K Street on the south:

Sorry, I know I have no life...

Anonymous said...

once this is built, people will think of it as noma regardless. it's more in sync with noma architecture. ny ave metro is close. nearly all of NW ONE will be utterly gone.

and yes, temple court was in nw between k and l.

all those lots on the NE side will be built upon?
good news.

Anonymous said...

Fuck this place is saturated with pedants! What matters most is that a good portion of Sursum Corda is gone. Not the correctness of Sydney's NoMa assertion.

manofmac on Oct 23, 2009, 11:42:00 AM said...

Any idea what type of retail they are hoping to attract? I wish they were offering condos and not apartments. Any details on how the “mixed income” option will work?

I guess it’s good that things are moving forward, but I don’t want to end up with just a bunch more crappy generic chains which is all we have so far in this area surrounding the metro.

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