An Apartment Reallocation and a New Color for Sursum Corda Redevelopment

by Nena Perry-Brown

New rendering of Sursum Corda redevelopment. Click to enlarge.

As demolition wraps up at the Sursum Corda Housing Cooperative in DC, the proposed redevelopment continues to take shape, now with a slightly different look than what was unveiled in December. 

New aerial massing view; Phase I in foreground. Click to enlarge.
Previous aerial massing view. Click to enlarge.

Toll Brothers is applying to modify the approved first-stage planned-unit development (PUD) for the 6.7-acre site bounded by First and North Capitol Streets and L and M Streets NW (map), along with submitting a second-stage PUD application for the first phase. The overall project would deliver 1,131 housing units and 19,100 square feet of retail across four buildings in two phases.

New rendering with Southwest Building in foreground. Click to enlarge.
Previous rendering with Southwest Building in foreground. Click to enlarge.

The first phase will be on the South Parcel of the site, between First Street and an extended First Place. Recently-filed plans propose a Southwest Building that is 9 stories instead of 7 stories, delivering 214 units instead of 160 residences. The building also has a much darker palette than previously proposed.

New rendering of Southeast Building. Click to enlarge.
Previous rendering of Southeast Building. Click to enlarge.

The new proposal for the Southeast Building would leave the building height unchanged, but would deliver 339 units instead of 365. Consequently, the density has decreased on the North Parcel, which will host temporary park space upon completion of the first phase.

New rendering of Phase I from temporary park space on North Parcel. Click to enlarge.
Previous rendering of Phase I from temporary park space on North Parcel. Click to enlarge.

The new proposal for the Northwest Building will deliver 283 units instead of 298, while the Northeast Building would deliver 295 units instead of 308. 136 of the new housing units will accommodate returning residents; another 63 units will be affordable to households earning up to 60 percent of area median income (AMI).

Southeast Building behind Mt. Airy Baptist Church. Click to enlarge.

WDG Architecture is the master planner. A zoning hearing has not yet been scheduled.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/an-apartment-reallocation-for-sursum-corda-redevelopment/14958

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