Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New Renderings for Ballpark Project

With plans now officially on the table for Square 701, the block-long development just north of the ballpark, new images reveal additional details about the project that will add an 11-story office building, 170-room hotel, and 2 residential buildings to the ballpark area.  Work on the buildings is still at least 6 months away; developers Skanska USA and Grosvenor Americas closed on their purchase just last month and are now working on details of the by-right development.

Skanska will build the office building, designed by Gensler, and Grosvenor will build the hotel and 285 residential units, designed by Hickok Cole.  55,000 s.f. of retail space is also planned.  Since that announcement, new renderings have surfaced, see below.  The new office building is being designed to earn a LEED Gold platinum rating.

Washington D.C. real estate development news


David Garber on Nov 14, 2012, 3:30:00 PM said...

There is only one residential building, built in a U-shape.

Skidrowe said...

What's the purpose of/idea behind the smaller building that appears in the foreground of one of the images? Such a pleasant surprise to have the change of scale, not to mention that views over this building would immensely improve the experience of living in an apartment that looks into such a narrow courtyard.

The city's three hot development districts (Ballpark, Mt Vernon Triangle, and NoMa) only seem to get scale variety when there are older, usually protected buildings. One congratulates whomever is behind the smaller building shown here, and wonders what's the story?

Payton on Nov 19, 2012, 12:53:00 AM said...

@Skid: the little square building is surrounded by an L-shaped parcel (visible in rendering #4) that the developers do not own. It's too small for a high-rise (which requires two exit stairs, elevators, etc.), so they're building a low retail building instead.

JDLand had mentioned that the owners of the L-shaped parcel have proposed a hotel covering their entire site, which would wall in the U-shaped residential building. It would make sense for Grosvenor to turn their U to face the street instead, but evidently they haven't.

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