Residential Development Aplenty for 14th Street

by Shilpi Paul

Construction on 14th Street NW

Back in mid-October, we wrote a post that looked at the many residential developments on tap for H Street NE. In light of recent news that The District on 14th Street will be a rental project rather than the originally-intended condos, UrbanTurf decided to similarly outline the slew of residential development that is on tap for the corridor of 14th Street that runs from above Florida Avenue to just south of Rhode Island Avenue.


2400 14th Street

The construction is moving full-steam ahead at 2400 14th Street NW (map), which will eventually be a 225-unit residential building with ground-floor retail, and two levels of underground parking. The nine-story development will have a rooftop pool, green roof, and floor-to-ceiling windows in many of the units. Delivery is estimated for mid-2013.

Rendering for apartments at 2221 14th St. Courtesy of R2L.

2221 14th Street

Douglas Development is planning a six-story, 30-unit apartment building at 2221 14th Street NW (map). It is not known when the building will likely deliver, but the rendering gives an indication of what the building will look like — a glass and brick facade, balconies and bay windows for the units. The project will sit on the southeast corner of 14th Street and Florida Avenue NW.



Perseus Realty and the Jefferson Apartment Group are currently building a 231-unit mixed-use development at the corner of 14th and W Streets NW (map). The 300,000 square-foot project will have a new 44,000 square-foot YMCA facility, and 10,000 square feet of ground-level retail space. Units will average a little over 800 square feet, and monthly rents will range from roughly $2,300 to $2,600. Of the 231 apartments, 19 will be set aside as affordable for tenants earning 60 percent or less of area median income. Delivery is expected in the fall of 2012.


14th and U

The JBG Companies has almost become a household name in this area given how busy it has been on 14th Street and in the U Street Corridor of late. One of their biggest developments on the southwest corner of 14th and U (map) should be starting construction soon. The mixed-use project will replace a variety of fast food establishments and will include a 267-unit apartment building with 30,000 square feet of street-level retail.

Click a marker to see which project it represents.


1905-1917 14th Street

Level 2 Development is planning a seven-story, 144-unit apartment building with ground-floor retail at 1905-1917 14th Street NW (map), which includes the current site of the T Street Post Office. Architect Eric Colbert & Associates’ original plan for the building was denied design approval by the HPRB this summer, so not much is known about when the project will deliver.


The District

The District, a 125-unit apartment building developed by The JBG Companies and Grosvenor, broke ground at the corner of 14th and S Streets NW (map) in 2010. The majority of the units (85%) at the project will be studios and one-bedrooms and the remainder will be two-bedrooms. The building will feature street level retail along 14th Street, and have an indoor gym, as well as a roof deck with seating areas, a kitchen, bar, and sundeck. Originally planned as condos, it is expected to deliver next fall.


Northern Exchange

Northern Exchange is a 36-unit project at 1401 R Street NW (map), located in the building which was formerly the Chesapeake and Potomac (C&P) Telephone Company. The project will be comprised of studios, one and two bedrooms. Developer PN Hoffman is retaining original details from the building’s former life, and the units will have exposed brick, high ceilings, and lofted bedrooms. There will be a 1,000 square-foot retail space on the ground floor, and the project is slated for delivery late next year.


The Aston

The Aston, a 31-unit condo development with 18 parking spaces and 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, is currently under construction for the southwest corner of 14th and R Streets NW (map). Designed by Bonstra|Haresign, prices will start in the $300’s and go up to $1.1 million. Delivery is planned for the fall of 2012.


The Irwin

The Irwin is a six-story, 55-unit apartment building planned for 1328 14th Street NW (map). The project, designed by architecture firm Torti Gallas, would have mainly studios and one-bedrooms, ranging is size from 500 to 600 square feet. Plans also call for a large internal courtyard, a common roof terrace, a fitness center, bicycle storage and parking for about a quarter of the units. The design of the project has been subject to a number of revisions, so the final design will be different from the rendering above. No delivery date has been set for the project, which would also have 4,100 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.


1324 14th Street

CAS Riegler is developing a boutique condo on the upper floors of 1324 14th Street NW (map). The project, which will consist of five residential units on top of a ground-level retail space, will have two-bedrooms averaging around 1,000 square feet (two will come with a parking space). Construction is expected to start around the beginning of next year.

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/the_residential_developments_on_tap_for_14th_street/4703


  1. xmal said at 12:16 pm on Tuesday December 6, 2011:

    That totals around 1150 units. 14th street is right between a couple of census tracts, but if you take all the tracts that border that stretch of 14th you have about 22000 people. So I guess that’s at least a 5% increase in population.

    It seems like 14th has already passed a tipping point for density, so this addition of population should be exciting to watch!

  1. stu said at 12:32 pm on Tuesday December 6, 2011:

    Great roundup. So what is the latest with the building that will replace the post office?

  1. Nick Barron, ANC 2F02 Commissioner said at 2:23 pm on Tuesday December 6, 2011:

    The design for The Irwin (1328 14th St. NW) has actually changed significantly from what’s shown here. The latest designs will be presented at the ANC 2F meeting tomorrow (12/7) night.

  1. Ben said at 5:26 pm on Tuesday December 6, 2011:


    I was looking at US Census data the other day and the average number of people per unit in the District is just over two people per unit.  This would be 2300 people, meaning nearly a 10.5% increase in population for the 14th Street corridor.

  1. Ben said at 5:37 pm on Tuesday December 6, 2011:

    I justed looked at the Census numbers again for DC and there are 252,000 occupied housing units in DC and the District has a population of 604,000 people.  This is about 2.4 people per unit.  Admittedly, condos likely have less than this, but with 1,150 new units, perhaps there will be 1500-2000 new residents on 14th Street.

  1. Juliet Z said at 5:38 pm on Tuesday December 6, 2011:

    Should be interesting to see how quickly the 31 units in The Aston sell.  If mortgage interest rates remain low (currently around 4%) and available like they are now, and inventory likewise remains low, delivering in the fall of 2012 could be great timing.  Rents for the 1000 plus new apartments expected to become available in roughly the same time frame at $2200 and up, may inspire some people to purchase. In any event, there are many more people who want to live in the n’hood than there are places for them to live, so this is a good thing.

  1. Andrew said at 5:58 pm on Tuesday December 6, 2011:

    There’s already a building called the Aston on New Hampshire near 23rd. Why do apartment developers reuse names? There are also like 4 Claridge Houses. What’s a Claridge?

  1. Wrack said at 11:57 am on Wednesday December 7, 2011:

    Density is great. I just hope these aren’t more crappy little overpriced apartments/condos like those at View 14 and the Allegro.

    It just doesn’t make sense to me—you’d think that density and economies of scale would result in units in these apartments being *better* bang for the buck than random units in townhouses/rowhomes. But no—instead, these apartment buildings charge a ton for little space and unhelpful “amenities” (e.g., a business room on the ground floor with computers and a printer… Seriously?). What gives?

  1. roots said at 2:01 am on Thursday December 8, 2011:


    Seems like what gives is apartment buildings charge what seems like a ton but if people agree to the price, then the price will stay there. For 14th street especially near U, there is mucho demand so I won’t be surprised when some of these 2BRs are going for 3k, because history has shown that people want to live in “cool” parts of the city. Just the way it is.

    Kind of like a burger in Dupont costs $12 while a burger that is probably comparable in taste and quality is half the price. If the Dupont place charges $12 and the burgers are selling, Dupont place is going to keep charging $12.

    Just my take.

  1. lilly said at 12:04 pm on Friday December 9, 2011:

    Nice round-up on 14th St. projects. Would be interesting to see what’s in the works for retail.  Also, I’m just waiting to see what Duron has in mind for that prime piece or real estate at 14th and Clifton.  Frankly, I hope that some sort of mixed-use development is built in that location.  Maybe Duron will repeat what they did at P&15th; St. Keep us posted.

  1. lilly said at 12:11 pm on Friday December 9, 2011:

    Again, nice job.  Any update on the JBG’s hotel at 13th St & U?  Any news on the Lincoln Theatre?  How about a developer creating residences at the back while maintaing the theatre as is (renovated of course smile ).  Would be an awful shame to lose an arts venue of that scale that’s centrally located in a vibrant community like U St.  This is indeed “mid-city” and personally speaing, I am not always in the mood to trek all the way across town to other large arts venues for a good performance. Let’s keep everything in our hood.. smile I have the same view on going all the way to Gerogetown for good shops.  Bring good retail to this area.. Seasons greetings to all!

  1. Jeff said at 5:13 pm on Thursday May 10, 2012:

    I’m sure DC Gov’t will allow some enterprsing businessman from Maryland to get a tavern license and turn the Lincoln into yet another club for the hip hops to come in from Maryland to drink, make noise and piss on my porch.  Given our dear Mayor’s brilliant plan, they’ll probably be able to stay open until 4am too!

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