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170-Unit Residential Project, New Church Planned For Southwest

by Lark Turner

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Rendering of new project.

The developer at work on the massive Wharf redevelopment project is planning yet another building for Southwest, this time in partnership with Riverside Baptist Church.

In a planned-unit development application filed with the Zoning Commission on Monday, the company laid out plans for a 170-unit residential building and a new church located at 7th and I Streets SW (map). The building is across the street from the construction PN Hoffman is undertaking on the 3.2 million-square-foot Wharf project.

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The project will include 135-170 parking spaces, including 40 spaces for the church. The development may include some ground-floor retail. In its application, PN Hoffman said it expects the project to take about 22 months to build once its application is approved. Studios Architecture and Geier Brown Renfrow are the architects.

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The building will have larger, family-sized units, the application notes, “in response to community preferences.” About 45 percent of the units will be “larger, more family-inclusive units than what is typically found in apartment buildings in new construction in the Southwest neighborhood and elsewhere in the close-in neighborhoods of the District,” the filing reads. “These will include a mixture of one-bedroom with dens units, two-bedroom units, and two-bedroom with dens units.” The project will also have a playground and may include a daycare.

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/pn_hoffman_plans_170_more_units_in_southwest/9648

4 Comments

  1. skidrowedc@gmail.com said at 4:00 pm on Monday March 16, 2015:

    Love it—so bold & clean, moving Southwest’s modernist heritage forward.

    If I could ask for one upgrade, it would be the introduction of a touch of something to root it to its place and time.  Perhaps the facades develop a little more variety, based on sun exposure/control.  And/or one or more formal elements are worked in which slightly more directly evoke the white federal landmarks, subtly stating, “I am a building in Washington DC.”

  1. Brett said at 10:26 am on Tuesday March 17, 2015:

    Bland and banal.

  1. DC225 said at 1:51 pm on Tuesday March 17, 2015:

    SW resident here. Anything would be better than what’s currently on that site, but that concept art is pretty blah. Certainly not very cutting-edge or forward-thinking.

  1. Mary said at 10:51 am on Thursday March 19, 2015:

    So glad to finally see some larger units being built! Perhaps longer term residents who’d like to stay and build families here won’t be pushed out. Now, if only they were available for purchase rather than rent.

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