Newest Plans for Massive Randall School Project in SW

by Shilpi Paul

Newest rendering of the Randall School project. Courtesy of Beyer Blinder Belle.

On Monday night, the team behind the redevelopment of the Randall School stopped by the ANC 6D meeting to reveal the newest plans and renderings.

The massive project, which will encompass the vacant Randall School building and the surrounding space on a large lot at Half Street and I Street SW (map), will bring a contemporary art museum and over 500 residential units to the neighborhood. A public courtyard will sit between the buildings, and a restaurant will occupy the eastern portion of the historic building. An underground parking garage will have room for 245 spaces, as well as electric car charging stations, bike parking and car sharing areas.

Since we last reported on the project in June after their initial meeting with the Historic Preservation Review Board, the team has refined their plan a bit.

The residential building will now be set slightly back from the historic building, allowing for larger openings through which the public can access the courtyard.

The new residential buildings to the north of the former school will each be 12 stories high. The metal-and-glass design shifts at 6 stories to create a slightly cantilevered effect, and the buildings on the west and the east sides will be connected to each other via a glass bridge. The two central buildings will not be connected to each other.

The ground floor units will have doors that open directly onto the street, as well as terraces, in order to “activate the street.”


The entrance to the historic building, which will house the museum, the restaurant, and other commercial entities, is now on the lowest level, directly below the former entrance and accessible by a ramp. Some residents worried about the potential for flooding in the apparently flood-prone area.

The center of the historic building will serve as the museum, while the eastern side will have a restaurant with several outdoor seating areas. A glass box will be added to the eastern side of the school to be used as the entrance to the restaurant.

Because the building sits on a street with metered parking, said the team, the residents will be unable to acquire residential parking permits.

The team is going before the HPRB on Thursday with their new plans, and will have a hearing with the Zoning Commission on December 2nd. The ANC voted to support their design in advance of the HPRB meeting, and requested that they return in November to further discuss their Planned Unit Development and hammer out some further details before the Zoning Commission meeting.

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  1. James said at 11:26 am on Tuesday October 22, 2013:

    What’s happens to the ballfield?

  1. Gee said at 12:10 pm on Tuesday October 22, 2013:

    This is next to the ballfield and rec center so won’t interfere

  1. zaccai said at 12:49 pm on Tuesday October 22, 2013:

    Great design..seems to honor the historical school building while modernizing the neighborhood; a great addition to the community.

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