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From the Starburst Intersection to the Anacostia River, the East of H Street Rundown

by Nena Perry-Brown

Just as development has slowed (somewhat) along the H Street corridor, things are also moving slowly just east of the Starburst intersection, where appeals and uncertainty around the Comprehensive Plan have put a damper on construction.

Last month, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) also began another round of outreach regarding feasibility studies on extending the streetcar down Benning Road past its Oklahoma Avenue terminus, potentially reuniting the corridor on both sides of the Anacostia River. In the meantime, UrbanTurf is turning our attention to what residential developments are still planned east of the H Street Corridor. 

In case you missed them, here are other neighborhoods we have covered this year:


Hechinger Mall Redevelopment

Although the plans for this site are unclear, developers MRP Realty and JM Zell went under contract to purchase the Hechinger Mall site in August, likely setting the 40 year-old shopping center on the road to redevelopment. Located just east of the Starburst intersection at 1501 Maryland Avenue NE (map), the 190,000 square foot site was one of several nearby parcels included in H Street Main Street's 2017 concept for a mixed use makeover. The site is also located in an Opportunity Zone.


The Valaere

Since the "Carne y Arena" pop up gallery installation ended last summer on the Trinidad Baptist Church site at 1611 Benning Road NE (map), not much has happened for this Valor Development project. Previously, the proposal was for a nine-story, 306-unit planned-unit development (PUD) with ground floor retail. Since the initial proposal, the developer applied for a map amendment to apply medium density to the site, a concept supported by ANC 6A; the Zoning Commission (ZC) set the development down for a hearing, in part due to conflicting designations of the site in the Comprehensive Plan's Future Land Use Map and the Small Area Plan.

While Valor was initially holding off on seeking a zoning decision for the site until the Comp Plan amendments, at the end of June, the developer sent a letter to the ZC requesting a hearing date for a map amendment application. Newer plans are likely to be somewhat smaller, as the letter mentions plans for a seven-story, 257-unit building. PGN Architects designed the previous proposal. Under that proposal, there would be 26 inclusionary zoning units, half for households earning up to 50 percent area median income (AMI) and the other half for households earning up to 80 percent AMI.


1701 H St NE

At the end of June, an appellate court affirmed the ZC's 2017 approval of a PUD delivering 180 apartments across the street from Hechinger Mall at 1701 H St NE (map). Capital City Real Estate is developing the WDG Architecture-designed project, which will deliver a 6- to 10-story building with nearly 15,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and 45 below-grade parking spaces.


A Vision, A Food Hall and Plenty of Appeals: The East of H Street Rundown: Figure 8

633 21st Street NE

Work is almost complete at 633 21st Street NE (map), where S2 Development is delivering a six-story, 31-unit apartment building. The unit mix will range from studios to two-bedrooms and delivery is anticipated this year. Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects is the design architect, and Anna Kahoe designed the interiors.


Flats at Atlas Phase II

Construction is underway on the second phase of the Flats at Atlas, seven years after delivery of the first building. Kettler and Westbrook Partners are helming development of the five-story second building, which will deliver 325 studio to two bedroom units  at 1676 Maryland Avenue NE (map). The second phase could deliver next year. 

Amenities will include two interior courtyards, a pool, and a club room, and the two buildings will share a garage. Dwell Design Studio is the architect. 


1214 Bladensburg Road

The building owner of 1214-1216 Bladensburg Road NE (map), along with contract purchaser Urbanico Realty Group, received zoning approval in August for plans to replace the retail building with 41 residential units. The new development will be four stories with habitable cellar and penthouse, and will include a fitness center and 14 bicycle spaces. Although the project will not provide any parking, each homeowner will be given a Smartrip preloaded with $100, and up to three years Capital Bikeshare membership, or a one-time carshare membership.

Gal Bouskila and Bonstra|Haresign Architects designed the building, and five of the units will be set aside as inclusionary zoning. Urbanico Realty is also working on a development next door at 1200 Bladensburg Road. 

Note: The rendering for this entry has been updated since publication, and Gal Bouskila was added as an architect.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/from-the-starburst-intersection-to-the-anacostia-river-the-east-of-h-street/15960

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