80-Unit Mixed-Use Development Planned For Payless Shoe Site in Adams Morgan

by Nena Perry-Brown

80-Unit Mixed-Use Development Planned For Payless Shoe Site in Adams Morgan: Figure 1
An early rendering of the proposed development at 1777 Columbia Road NW

A large new rental building is on the boards for a prime Adams Morgan location.

On Wednesday evening, Foxhall Partners shared plans for a matter of right mixed-use development at 1773-1777 Columbia Road NW that will consist of a six-story, 80-unit apartment building over 9,500 square feet of retail. In 2015, Foxhall entered into an agreement with ANC 1C and the Kalorama Citizens Association to preserve the one-story commercial facades of the firm’s properties from 1767-1777 Columbia Road NW (map). The former retail tenants at these buildings include Old City Cafe, Payless Shoes, RadioShack and T-Mobile.

Streetsense is the architect for the project, which will also include 30 underground parking spaces. The rental apartments will be a mix of studios, one bedrooms and one bedroom lofts and will also include inclusionary zoning units. The bones of the building should be erected by the end of the year, setting delivery out to the third quarter of 2018.

While Wednesday night’s presentation was purely informational, some ANC commissioners and members of the community expressed concern about the design and logistics of the development. Several people pointed out that the combination of color, materiality and modernity made the appended portion of the building look stark in contrast to the rest of the neighborhood. The architect has already expressed interest in proposing a different color palette. Others noted that the alley, from which the building will have loading and parking access, is already very congested and would need to be organized in a way that doesn’t exacerbate the existing problems. The development team is expected to work closely with Commissioner Wilson Reynolds to resolve those issues.

The proposed development will be surrounded by a slew of new projects either on the boards or scheduled to deliver soon, including The Line hotel across the street, the hotly-debated PN Hoffman development at the intersection of 18th Street and Columbia Road NW, and Eastbanc’s 120-unit development planned for 2800 16th Street NW.

1773-1777 Columbia Road NW

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/80_apartments_above_retail_for_adams_morgan/12282


  1. CB said at 6:23 pm on Thursday March 2, 2017:
    I was at the meeting last night. One thing that struck me was the environmental lady's comment about Pho14. Does anyone know what exactly the environmental problem is inside the restaurant? By the way, I think this project is great for Adam's Morgan.
  1. Ecg0792@gmail.com said at 3:45 pm on Thursday March 2, 2017:
    I like this. It works for Adams Morgan. One day this building will be concealed along it’s lot lines (it’s happened to me multiple times), so the primary facade will add an interesting rhythm in the future. Take a look at the renderings of 3831 Georgia Ave. I designed the building to the south that is currently under construction, and when I designed that building there was only 2-3 story context on that block. Now the majority of building are 6 stories plus. This is the right direction for this neighborhood, and I hope it creates a new normal for the city…it really needs it.
  1. anderlank said at 8:20 pm on Thursday March 2, 2017:
    I am so excited to see some modern architecture come to Adams Morgan. The black is striking, but it should be. I really hope they don't tone it down too much.
  1. dcblogs@gmail.com said at 10:39 pm on Thursday March 2, 2017:
    Hopefully, this design will survive the neighborhood's permanent criticism infrastructure.
  1. UrbanPlanner said at 10:39 pm on Thursday March 2, 2017:
    Regarding the Pho14 building, the developer's environmental consultant stated that during their investigation they found perchloroethylene (perc) in the kitchen area of the restaurant. I wonder if the lessee and the employees are aware of this? Perc is considered to be "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen" by the NIH. On their website it states that the primary routes of potential human exposure are inhalation and ingestion of contaminated water and food. Yikes.
  1. Cardplayer said at 11:16 pm on Thursday March 2, 2017:
    Perchloroethylene has been classified by the EPA as "likely to be carcinogenic in humans by all routes of exposure." This is cited on the American Cancer Society's website. If this is an issue in the Pho14 building, an immediate cleanup of the site is warranted. This is in addition to the fact that the proposed development would be a significant upgrade to the block from a visual and practical standpoint.
  1. smllanierheights said at 11:57 pm on Thursday March 2, 2017:
    Will the new development also incorporate the Pho and Burger King buildings?
  1. Jay said at 10:30 pm on Sunday March 5, 2017:
    They should have just looked across the street at the new hotel for inspiration. This looks awful and trendy. Does not look like it belongs in this neighborhood. I'm so disappointed crap like this keeps getting approved.
  1. Leisure Suit Larry said at 12:04 am on Thursday March 9, 2017:
    I'll have the spicy vermicelli soup with the perc on the side! what the hell Pho 14!

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 »