Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Victory Square Slowly Contemplating Construction

Last September we reported that Hamel Builders was looking for subcontractors for the Victory Square development in Parkside near the Minnesota Avenue Metro, and now they are back at it. Located at 600 Barnes Street NE, the project is being developed as a joint venture between Bethesda's Victory Housing Inc. and the Bank of America Community Development Corporation (BACDC). Bids are due by December 2nd for the senior housing development to include construction of 98 apartments to total 94,336 s.f.

The units will be four stories of wood frame over a concrete parking garage. Individual units range in size from 612 s.f. to 1,016 s.f. and include 5 handicapped accessible units and 9 visual and hearing impaired units. The parking garage will have a total of 25 spaces, 4 of which will be handicapped designated. A representative of Hamel estimated the total project costs fall in the $11 to $13 million range.

The Hamel rep. said the delays in selecting subcontractors were related to updates to the plans and slight changes in engineering, but she asserted the plans have not changed substantially in any way. Once Hamel secures contractors, the team hopes to move forward in the first quarter of 2010; construction will likely begin in March, with an estimated completion 13 to 15 months later.

Victory Square will mark the developer’s fifth so-named senior housing facility in the region, after Palmer Park’s Victory House, Potomac’s Victory Terrace, Columbia Heights’ Victory Heights and Takoma Park’s Victory Tower. The architect for the project is the local architecture firm Grimm + Parker


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