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The Largest Development on the Boards For Union Market Looks to Move Forward

by Nena Perry-Brown

The Largest Development on the Boards For Union Market Looks to Move Forward: Figure 1
Rendering of Market Terminal development.

The largest development on the boards for Union Market will go before the Zoning Commission later this year in order to start moving forward.

Kettler has filed an application with the Zoning Commission to get approval for the first phase of the Market Terminal development. Designed by R2L: and Gensler Architects, the two-phase, six-building mixed-use project will furnish over 900 residential units when complete. The site, at 300, 325 and 350 Morse Street NE (map) will need to be rezoned to C3C in order for the development team to move forward.

As UrbanTurf reported last year, the buildings are broken down, by phase, as follows:

  • Building A1 — This section will consist of an 11-story building and a six-story portion appended to the high-rise. When complete, this section will consist of 450 residential units, ground floor retail, and three-levels of parking. The 11-story component will be a curvilinear high-rise composed primarily of black — not red — metal, fronting a public park that is part of a development on Florida Avenue. An open portico will connect that park to an interior residential courtyard.

The Largest Development on the Boards For Union Market Looks to Move Forward: Figure 2
A rendering of the view from Morse Street, with the connected park and courtyard visible in the background

The two-story lobby will be surrounded by glass. A coffeeshop and bike room, both of which could be either public or private, will be accessible through the lobby. The penthouse level of the high-rise will contain a resident lounge leading to a rooftop deck with terraces, grills, fire pits, and a pool with cabanas and other seating. The mid-rise component will be a more horizontal warehouse-style, with double-height retail along the ground floor on Third Street. The top two stories will be composite metal, while the bottom two-thirds of the building will be made of brick.

The Largest Development on the Boards For Union Market Looks to Move Forward: Figure 3
Market Terminal development as viewed facing southward


  • Building B — A six-story building with 125 residential units atop ground-floor retail. A maker-space will hold down the east corner of the building, with retail along Morse Street and into the plaza. A series of recessed balconies and vertical windows on the angular facade add visual interest and are intended to make the upper levels seem like they are floating above the retail plaza.

The Largest Development on the Boards For Union Market Looks to Move Forward: Figure 4
Building C1 of the Market Terminal development


  • Building C1 — A 10-story office building with street-level retail will complete the first development phase.

The second phase will consist of:

  • Building A2 — A six-story building. Although the original plan allowed for 150 residential units atop ground-floor retail, the applicant would like the option of changing the residential to hotel units.
  • Building C2 — A residential tower with around 250 units and ground-floor retail.
  • Building D — While this building was originally for office use, it is now identified as a residential building with ground-floor retail.

The development team will go before the Zoning Commission in September.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/kettler_files_to_re-zone_first_stage_of_union_market_pud/11236

1 Comment

  1. DC Native said at 8:04 pm on Tuesday May 17, 2016:
    I really like that this building has incorporated a more risky façade with the curves. I think this area of the city is perfect for this more risky architecture with it's industrial and artistic vibe. I only wish the other projects would follow suit. I would also LOVE to see the previous red version implemented in one of the buildings to give it even more artistic flash and signature.

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