400-Unit Apartment in NoMa To Break Ground by Year End

by UrbanTurf Staff

Washington Gateway.
Visualization by Interface Multimedia, Inc.

Construction will begin by the end of this year on NoMa’s newest high-end apartment, reports DCmud. Called Washington Gateway, the building represents the first of three phases, this one all residential with ground-floor retail. (The latter phases will be offices.) There will be 400 apartments across 11 floors, and 5,200 square feet of retail at street level.

If indeed developer MRP Realty breaks ground before the end of the year, construction should take two years.

The future Washington Gateway site is the eastern corner where New York Avenue crosses Florida. There is currently nothing there but billboards and an empty lot where the NoMa BID has been known to host summer movie showings.

Future site of Washington Gateway. Courtesy Google Maps.

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  1. LaszloB said at 4:04 pm on Monday August 29, 2011:

    Like the traffic at this intersection is not already impossible !!

  1. Mike said at 5:15 pm on Monday August 29, 2011:

    Woo hoo.  I would love to live between 2 of the busiest streets in DC, and the railroad tracks. Sounds Great!

  1. Jason said at 5:20 pm on Monday August 29, 2011:

    So many positive DC residents.  Wow.  Then don’t move there.

  1. swester said at 5:43 pm on Monday August 29, 2011:

    Is this a joke? High-end residential adjacent to a rail yard and a highway?

  1. Jay said at 6:20 pm on Monday August 29, 2011:

    Why do so many people who live in the District complain about new projects like this?  I mean NoMa is going to be THE place to be in the near future?  THis building looks great and I for one would love to live in it.

  1. Ian said at 6:32 pm on Monday August 29, 2011:

    The city is full of busy streets. Get used to it. NOMA is building like crazy and it is great for the city.

  1. Tres said at 2:21 am on Tuesday August 30, 2011:

    C’mon guys, think. Dupont Circle—the intersection of several of the most busy streets in DC. Did that hinder or help development?

    Hint: it helped.

  1. jag said at 9:03 am on Tuesday August 30, 2011:

    Right, but the scoff-worthy part is that they’ll be asking dupont prices when too many cars is the only thing they have in common.

  1. Peanut Gallery said at 9:34 am on Tuesday August 30, 2011:

    I think I agree with Jag.  My issue is that for these new places in developing neighborhoods, the pricing gradient is pretty flat compared to more established neighbhorhoods.  So why should folks buy near Navy Yard or “NoMa” when condo prices in Columbia Heights or U Street are only a little more?  Seems like the developers already cashed in all of the upside.

  1. Mike said at 10:37 am on Tuesday August 30, 2011:

    In regards to my earlier overly sarcastic post, I am all for development and I think that NoMa is a great neighborhood but this seems like a terrible place to build housing.  Seems like it would be much better suited for office space. Urban planning is not just throwing up buildings where ever there is open space. It is about designing neighborhoods that make sense, and this does not make sense as an apartment building.

  1. NotTheDeveloper said at 12:00 pm on Tuesday August 30, 2011:

    As many posters have already pointed out, this open space is not currently offering anything of value.  It’s next to a big government building that won’t be changing anytime soon, a bunch of busy, ugly streets, and an ugly fast food restaurant.

    So, it’s great that a developer is building something here, and it really doesn’t matter if it’s a stupid idea and the developer is making a big mistake.  For those of us who don’t have money invested in the property, it’s a risk-free proposition.

    Suppose there’s a 90% chance that you’re all correct that the prices will be to high, the neighborhood will be crappy, and no one will want to live here.  And suppose that there’s a 10% chance that this development—which, according to the website, “will feature a European plaza experience complete with wide promenades, sidewalk cafes and shops, and hanging gardens”—transforms this area into a great, liveable, walkable area.

    I say: Great! Let this developer take a chance, and we’ll hope we get lucky.  If we don’t, who cares?  They can always convert it to office space or leave it empty and ugly, just like it is now.

    It really seems to me like it’s something to be happy about, EVEN if you think it will probably turn out poorly.

  1. Anon said at 12:29 pm on Tuesday August 30, 2011:

    Contrary to what developers and builders might want you to think - the market (buyers and tenants) sets the price for property not the seller or landlord.  If the pricing is too high they will have a slow lease up and will need to offer concessions (price reductions).  When they try to raise rents once the building is stabilized tenants will move out if there is a better deal.  It’s pretty simple actually.

    @Mike - how is developing a neighborhood of all office space good urban planning?  Crystal City is doing great!

  1. anon said at 1:25 pm on Tuesday August 30, 2011:

    ...I think the point many are trying to make is that the particular lot in question - that triangle right at that particular intersection seems best suited to offices.  If the entire market area between NY and FL avenues gets developed, there will be plenty of space for residential buildings.  And in NOMA there are plenty of office buildings that should have been residential, and those office buildings should have been built on lots less desirable for residential.  That’s all.  Yay something is being built.  Boo it’s not what makes the most sense.

  1. JohnDC said at 1:45 pm on Tuesday August 30, 2011:

    The Loree Grand apartments are fully sold at quite a high price point and the ones above Harris Teeter are quickly following suit.

    Don’t get me wrong, the prices seem outrageous but clearly people willing to pay them

  1. Rayful Edmond said at 2:35 pm on Tuesday August 30, 2011:

    Outdoor summer movie screenings are at the Loree Grand, not on this desolate parcel of land occupied by DC’s homeless.

  1. JohnDC said at 4:59 pm on Tuesday August 30, 2011:

    @Rayful Edmond

    Actually they were here the first year it operated but has been at the Loree Grand all subsequent years.

  1. 4n0n said at 10:31 am on Wednesday August 31, 2011:

    Re: traffic.

    By the time this delivers in 2014, the traffic situation on NY Ave will be very different. Once the new 11th Street Bridges in SE open and create a crucial new connection, the fastest link from Maryland to Virginia will no longer be New York Ave to 395; instead, it will be 295 to the SE/SW to 395. This will move a lot (though hardly all) of the cars off of NY Avenue, making traffic flow much more smoothly.

    On a broader level, though, complaining about traffic for TOD near the urban core is pretty silly.

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