32 Units and a Crate & Barrel For H Street?

by Shilpi Paul

32 Units and a Crate & Barrel For H Street?: Figure 1
501 H Street NE is on the right. Courtesy of Google Maps.

Is there a name-brand furniture store in the H Street Corridor’s future?

UrbanTurf recently learned that Douglas Development has plans to build a 32-unit residential building and three-story, 30,000 square-foot retail space, possibly with a furniture store like Crate & Barrel as the tenant, at 501 H Street NE (map).

On Wednesday, Douglas Development’s Paul Millstein stopped by the ANC 6C Planning and Zoning Committee meeting to discuss the early vision for what is currently a one-story structure on the hot corridor. Douglas bought 501 H Street NE from the H Street Community Development Corporation after JAIR LYNCH scuttled plans to build a 48-unit project at the site earlier this year.

While still in the very early planning stages, the developers have been communicating with the Office of Planning and have a rough idea of what they foresee at the site. Currently, they are considering building a two-story retail space, plus an additional underground level, with four-stories of residential above, totaling approximately 32 units, each averaging 600 square feet. Each retail floor would be around 10,000 square feet, and Millstein told the committee they are looking for a retailer like Crate & Barrel or Forever 21 to lease the space. Crate and Barrel stores generally measure out at 25,000 to 35,000 square feet.

Douglas will likely go through a Planned Unit Development (PUD) process, so the ANC and community groups will have many opportunities to hear about and weigh in on the plans.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/32-unit_residential_and_a_possible_crate_barrel_for_h_street/7519


  1. SB said at 7:01 pm on Friday September 6, 2013:
    I thought there was a crate and barrel in Penn Quarter that they shut down in order to open a Forever 21. Odd... I would think that if Crate and Barrel closed their doors there, they wouldn't be willing to open on H Street. Also, with the giant Forever 21 so close, why would they want to open another store there?
  1. Daniel said at 7:10 pm on Friday September 6, 2013:
    @SB I think that was a West Elm in Penn Quarter. I like the idea of a furniture store opening up along H Street, but imagine that a CB2 or a slightly less expensive option would be a better fit.
  1. might93 said at 7:27 pm on Friday September 6, 2013:
    I'm guessing that what is now a vision for a furniture store will turn out to be the DC Special - a Sweetgreen, a CVS and a Yes Organic Market.
  1. Uggghh said at 1:55 am on Saturday September 7, 2013:
    Man... Crate & Barrel? Really? Not that I want another CVS either. Or Room & Board. Can we please have something a little different instead of recreating a bland experience from elsewhere.
  1. PC said at 4:00 pm on Monday September 9, 2013:
    Hmm, I think someone's reading too literally. "A retailer like" rarely means the ones actually mentioned. What the broker meant was a "junior anchor" selling soft goods who wouldn't be afraid of a two-story space. I'm having trouble imagining who that might be for this site, but I'm glad someone sees demand from non-food retailers. And, of course, the mention of any big names brings out whiners: somebody else should do the tedious work to make "something a little different" magically happen. Lazy locals deserve lazy "bland experiences from elsewhere."
  1. Alan said at 5:06 pm on Monday September 9, 2013:
    There are two furniture stores on H already (four if you count rental furniture places). The two we have are nice (especially Hunted House, but 8th & H Furniture is nice as well), but more retail is always welcome. Can't wait till the neighborhood can support a bookstore (someone tried one on 4th and H and it lasted a few months).

DC Real Estate Guides

Short guides to navigating the DC-area real estate market

We've collected all our helpful guides for buying, selling and renting in and around Washington, DC in one place. Visit guides.urbanturf.com or start browsing below!

Northern Virginia

Profiles of 14 neighborhoods across Northern Virginia

Looking to Give People A Reason to Stay Past 6pm
Happily Straddling the Line Between City and Suburb
Columbia Pike
Arlington’s Neglected Stepchild is Getting a Makeover
Crystal City
Turning Lemons into Lemonade
Lyon Village
Developing An Air of Exclusivity?
Hitting Its Growth Spurt
An Urban Village Hitting Its Stride
Del Ray
Virginia’s Small Town Near the Big City
Eisenhower Avenue
The Vibrancy Might Take a Few Years
The Quiet Neighborhood By the Beltway
Old Town
Mayberry By The Potomac
132 Commerical-Free Acres
Downtown Falls Church
Staying the Same in the Midst of Change
Tysons Corner
Radical Change Could Be On The Way

See more Northern Virginia »


Profiles of 14 neighborhoods in suburban Maryland

Small-Town Living in the State Capital
Bedroom Community Gets Buzzing Cache
Cabin John
In With The New While Maintaining the Old
Chevy Chase
Affluence, Green Lawns and Pricey Homes
Downtown Silver Spring
Experiencing a Resurgence After a Bumpy History
A Suburb on Steroids
Rockville Town Square
Despite the Dynamism, Still Somewhat Generic
Takoma Park
More Than a Little Bit Quirky
A Foodie Magnet on the Verge of Change
Capitol Heights
Kudzu, Front Porches and Crime
Glass Half Full or Half Empty?
Mount Rainier
Artists, Affordable Homes and A Silo Full of Corn
National Harbor
A Development Rises Next to the Potomac
Riverdale Park
A Town Looking For Its Identity

See more Maryland »

Northwest DC

30+ neighborhood profiles for the city's biggest quadrant

16th Street Heights
DC's Sleeper Neighborhood
Where (Almost) Everyone Knows Your Name
AU Park
One of DC’s Last Frontiers Before the Suburbs
DC’s Northern Neighborhood on the Cusp
DC’s 535 House Neighborhood
Cathedral Heights
Do You Know Where That Is?
Chevy Chase DC
Not to Be Confused With the Other Chevy Chase
Cleveland Park
Coming Back After A Rough Year
Columbia Heights
DC’s Most Diverse Neighborhood, But For How Long?
An Island of Serenity East of the Park
Dupont Circle
The Best of DC (For a Price)
Foggy Bottom & West End
Where the Institutional Meets the International
Forest Hills
Ambassadors and Adventurous Architecture
Foxhall Village
350 Homes Just West of Georgetown
Friendship Heights
A Shopping Mecca With a Few Places to Live
History, Hoyas and H&M
Glover Park
One of DC’s Preppier and More Family-Friendly Neighborhoods
A Posh View From Embassy Row
LeDroit Park
A Quiet Enclave in the Middle of the City
Logan Circle
Trendy Now, But Not By Accident
Mount Pleasant
Sought-After Homes Surround Main Street in Transition
Mount Vernon Triangle
From Seedy to Sought-After
The Long, Skinny Neighborhood at the City’s Northwest Edge
Park View
It’s Not Petworth
Penn Quarter/Chinatown
DC’s Go-Go-Go Neighborhood
Getting a Vibrancy of Its Own
The Duke’s Former Stomping Ground
Shepherd Park
DC’s Garden of Diversity
Spring Valley
A Suburb With a DC Zip Code
Not To Be Confused With Takoma Park
Not Quite Like Its Neighbors
U Street Corridor
The Difference a Decade Makes
Woodley Park
Deceptively Residential
Adams Morgan
No Longer DC’s Hippest Neighborhood, But Still Loved by Residents

See more Northwest DC »

Southwest DC

The little quadrant that could

Southwest Waterfront
A Neighborhood Where A Change Is Gonna Come

See more Southwest DC »

Northeast DC

Profiles of 10 neighborhoods in NE

New Development Could Shake Up Pastoral Peace
A Little Bit of Country Just Inside the District’s Borders
Not to Be Confused With Bloomingdale
Fort Totten
Five Years Could Make a Big Difference
H Street
A Place To Party, and To Settle Down
The Northeast Neighborhood That Few Know About
Michigan Park
A Newsletter-On-Your-Doorstep Community
Evolving from a Brand to a Neighborhood
Ripe for Investment Right About Now
The Difference 5 Years Makes
Big Houses, A Dusty Commercial Strip and Potential

See more Northeast DC »

Southeast DC

6 neighborhoods from Capitol Hill to East of the River

Capitol Riverfront
Still Growing
Hill East
Capitol Hill’s Lesser Known Neighbor
Congress Heights
Gradually Rising
Notable for Its Neighborliness
Historic Anacostia
Future Promise Breeds Cautious Optimism
Eastern Market
A More European Way of Living

See more Southeast DC »