Vornado is collaborating with communal office developer WeWork on a new “WeLive” development on S. Clark Street featuring 252 units, most of them micro-sized.
The units will be retrofitted into a vacant office building at 2221 S. Clark Street (map). Because the building is eventually slated to be torn down as part of a long-term development plan for the area, the changes would be temporary — but would still last for 20 years, as ARLNow reports. The concept would be developed by WeWork, which up to now has focused on coworking office concepts, not residences.
A floor plan in the building. The 12th floor will have larger units.
Each floor would have shared living and kitchen spaces, because the units will not have an oven or a stove, according to ARLNow. Residents won’t share bathrooms, though.
The building will have 208 studios divided into three categories: studio, studio+ and studio max, along with a few two-bedrooms, 22 three-bedrooms, and 20 four-bedrooms. The different types of studios correlate to size. Studios are 300 square feet, while studio+ are larger and studio maxes top out at a comparatively massive 660 square feet. The plans indicate that the studio+ units may also have higher-end features or other amenities, because some are just 13 square feet larger than the simple studios.
The layout of a communal kitchen in the proposed development.
The project is especially interesting because the units will be leasing for about $24.77 per square foot (a calculation that includes amenity spaces and can’t be correlated to market rents), about $10 less than its area office space gets, the Washington Business Journal reported. But apparently that relative loss of income is worth it to try and turn Crystal City into a cool place to work and live, which Vornado is betting this project will do.
This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/250_units_most_of_them_micro_proposed_for_crystal_city/8488.
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