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Howard University Seeks Approval to Prep For Massive Redevelopment

by Nena Perry-Brown

Rendering of proposed redevelopment at Georgia Avenue and W Street. Click to enlarge.

This spring, UrbanTurf reported on plans to redevelop the Howard University-owned site between Georgia Avenue and 8th Street NW between V and W Streets, currently home to the historic Bond Bread Factory and Washington Railway & Electric Company buildings. Now, the university is seeking zoning approval which would enable that redevelopment to move forward.

Last week, the university applied to exclude the historic properties at 2112-2146 Georgia Avenue NW (map) from the Campus Plan. Approval of this application would allow for a project that would deliver roughly 450 residential units, 156 hotel rooms, and up to 300 parking spaces, as well as restaurant, retail, a park and a marketplace.

Rendering of proposed redevelopment at Georgia Avenue and V Street. Click to enlarge.

Howard received zoning approval in 2017 to extract several properties from the campus plan in anticipation of their eventual redevelopment, including Carver and Slowe Halls and a few parking lots between Sherman and Georgia Avenues. The current zoning application would add the WRECO and Bond Bread buildings to that prior exclusion. The overall campus plan covers university-owned properties under the presumption of university-related uses; Howard is also mandated to submit a new campus plan by March 2020.

Rendering of market entrance below the park. Click to enlarge.

The development's public park would span the block, wedging the marketplace into the site using the grade change. The retail will incorporate a student incubator, and the ground-floor is envisioned as a 24-hour destination. The project will still require further zoning and historic preservation approvals; both buildings are on the National Register of Historic Sites.

The Bond Partnership, selected in April to redevelop the site, includes the Menkiti Group, Fivesquares Development, and EDENS. A zoning hearing is scheduled for next month.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/howard-university-seeks-zoning-approval-to-prep-historic-properties-for-red/15896

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