Malls, Trader Joe's and The 1,400 Units Coming to Friendship Heights

  • April 9th

by UrbanTurf Staff

Below, UrbanTurf takes a look at the residential projects in the works on the Maryland and DC sides of the Friendship Heights neighborhood, which includes a new grocery store for the neighborhood and a highly anticipated mall conversion.

If we missed a large development, shoot us an email at editor(at)urbanturf.com.

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

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5500 Wisconsin Avenue

Carr Companies and Donohoe have plans in the works for a mixed-use development that will replace the 44,700 square-foot retail structure that was previously home to Brooks Brothers and Saks Jandel at 5500 Wisconsin Avenue (map). The proposed development would have two seven-story "shoulders" flanking an 18-story tower, delivering up to 300 rental apartments above up to 11,000 square feet of retail.

The Courtyard by Marriott hotel will remain and a 47 foot-wide woonerf, or a curbless pedestrian-friendly right-of-way, will run between the hotel and the new building. Between 45 of the apartments at the new development will be moderately-priced dwelling units (MPDUs).

SK+I Architecture is the designer, and SpringHarbor Financial Group and Kruger Real Estate are also investors on the project. 

Lisner-Louise Dickson-Hurt Home Senior Housing

Urban Atlantic is currently working on a proposed addition to the Lisner-Louise Dickson-Hurt Home at 5425 Western Avenue NW (map) enabling a senior apartment building on the 5.4-acre site. The addition will be four stories tall and deliver up to 93 affordable one-bedrooms. Wiencek + Associates is the architect.


A Grocer at the Chevy Chase Pavilion

Clarion Partners, the owner of the Chevy Chase Pavilion along Wisconsin Avenue (map), is planning to bring a Trader Joe's to mall. The new store would occupy approximately 18,000 square feet in the former H&M space in the mall. A liquor license for the store is currently moving through the approval process. 


Mazza-Gallerie Transformation

Tishman Speyer's plan to reimagine the Mazza Gallerie mall on Wisconsin Avenue (map) as a residential development is in full construction mode as the development hopes to deliver later this year.

The mall is being turned into a 7-story, 325-unit apartment project with 25,000 square feet of retail along Wisconsin Avenue that could feature food and beverage establishments and fitness operations. The project is designed by Danish architect 3XN, and Willard Retail is advising on the retail component of the redevelopment. 

The new design of Mazza will include an undulating facade along Wisconsin Avenue, and the units will range from studios to two-story townhouses to terrace penthouses. The project will have a number of internal courtyards for residents, and approximately 40 of the units will be inclusionary zoning (IZ). 


Friendship Center Redevelopment

Federal Realty is working to redevelop Friendship Center, which houses DSW, Maggiano's, Marshalls, and the former Nordstrom Rack space at 5333 Wisconsin Avenue NW (map)

The plans are for a 310-unit residential development above 12,000 square feet of retail. Designed by Shalom Baranes and landscape architect Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, the building is expected to employ biophilic design principles like greening on balconies. Fifteen percent of the residential space will be affordable to households earning up to 60% of median family income.

Fox 5 Headquarters Redevelopment

Donohoe is in the process of developing a six-story, 210-unit project at 5151 Wisconsin Avenue NW (map), the former WTTG-Fox 5 headquarters. The development will include a 1,700 square-foot retail or restaurant space at Wisconsin Avenue and Harrison Street, along with 86-167 vehicular parking spaces and at least 71 long-term bicycle spaces. Torti Gallas Urban is the architect. The project has been approved by DC's Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) and submitted for permit. 


4201 Garrision

Donohoe has another multi-family residential project in the works just behind the project above. The firm presented plans last month for a 4 to 6-story building with approximately 130 residential units and parking on asphalt lot at 4201 Garrison Street NW (map).  

Donohoe's Jad Donohoe told ANC 3E that plans for the development are in the very early stages, and that the developer is coming to the community to hear feedback before moving forward with submitting a planned unit development (PUD) to DC's Zoning Commission.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/malls_trader_joes_and_the_1400_units_coming_to_friendship_heights/22170.

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