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295-Unit Apartment Project Planned for the Southwest Waterfront

by Lark Turner

295-Unit Apartment Project Planned for the Southwest Waterfront: Figure 1
A bird’s eye view of the new development.

More apartments are coming to the Southwest Waterfront.

Perseus Realty and Urban Investment Partners (UIP), which bought Capitol Park Tower in 2013, are planning to build two new buildings on the site of the original building, which successfully received a tenant-pursued historic designation last year. UrbanTurf first learned of this project from Southwest Waterfront resident Chase Coard.

295-Unit Apartment Project Planned for the Southwest Waterfront: Figure 2
The four-story building to the east of the current project.

The existing Capitol Park Tower at 301 G Street SW (map) is nine stories high with 289 units. Perseus and UIP propose adding buildings to the north and east, one with seven stories and the other with four stories. Together the two buildings will have 295 rentals, ranging from studios to three-bedrooms, served by 310 underground parking spaces. About 24 of the building’s units will be designated affordable.

295-Unit Apartment Project Planned for the Southwest Waterfront: Figure 3
Courtyard planned for new building.

In a presentation attended by several current tenants and neighbors before ANC 6D on Monday night, Perseus’ Adam Peters said the development company had been at work upgrading the current building under a TOPA agreement. That hasn’t fully appeased some tenants, particularly the north-facing ones whose view will face the construction and a seven-story building by the time the project is completed.

But tenants will have access to the building’s new amenities, including two new rooftop pools, a landscaped courtyard and a playground. Though the developers aren’t seeking zoning variances or exceptions for the project, the building will need approval from the Historic Preservation Review Board to move forward thanks to its designation.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/perseus_plans_295_units_for_capitol_park_tower_project/9873

3 Comments

  1. Payton Chung said at 3:47 pm on Tuesday May 12, 2015:
    The noise inside Capitol Park Tower from I-395 is very loud right now, and at the lower floors there's not much of a view since there's a NASA building right across 395. I see this new building as being like a free sound-attenuation wall for CPT. But, for the new residents' sake, I hope it's very well insulated!
  1. AMP said at 5:56 pm on Wednesday May 13, 2015:
    This expansion of CPT will have a huge impact on our community, and not one we should all just sit back and take lightly. Among my concerns: less green space, beautiful old oak trees destroyed,even less parking in our neighborhood, less privacy for nearby homes, less walking space for our pets, construction noise and debris for two years minimum, altered community landscape designed taking away green space that was a part of the original architects, Chloethial Woodard Smith, design. We should be outraged that such broad stroke developments are creeping across our DC landscape with greedy developers taking up every inch of land. And what about the current CPT residents rent? Will residents be protected from soaring rents that might force them to move? The shift to higher rent apartments in our neighborhood is transforming what was once a diverse community allowing all income levels. This is shameful.Here is the Historic Preservation Review Board website: http://planning.dc.gov/page/historic-preservation-review-board Perhaps they will need to hear from all of us. Their contact is historic.preservation@dc.gov. I believe that the Ward 6 council member will be weighing in on this as well, let's contact Councilman Charles Allen at callen@dccouncil.us.
  1. Peter said at 1:46 pm on Thursday May 14, 2015:
    I spoke for three minutes at the May 11 meeting ANC6d meeting on a matter of grave concern to many residents of my apartment building at 301 G Street SW. I beseeched the commissioners to please consider the wholesale destruction planned to our home before making any decisions about what a developer would love to be able to get away with doing to us. I have lived in my home for 10 years this summer and moved into it because of what it is—a fine surviving example of Modernist urban architecture and landscaping of its time, 1962. Hundreds of residents at my address have an historic-property-designated backyard that includes all the elements designated as significant in our July 2014 designation. These include a pool house, pool, and pool deck, mural, totem, and two striking parallel rows of parking deck covers consisting of 40 concrete arches, all designed to form a true park – Capitol Park Tower, in fact. Developers would love to be able to get away with destroying all of that and leaving us instead living at the bottom of a dark, airless, sunless, breezeless hole of a courtyard. Developer’s plans would result in more than half the units in our home (not my side of the existing principal building, but the north side and east end) being walled in behind a new Great Wall of China and with nothing surviving intact of the historic elements cited in the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board’s designation of July 2014. Cutting off a few bits and pieces and later installing them like needles in a massive haystack is nothing more than fig-leaf tokenism and constitutes neither preservation nor protection for those historic elements, all of which would be gone forever from their designed place, purpose, and relationships with each other and the whole. Apart from the destruction of our home, what about the larger and irreplaceable loss to our neighborhood and our city? However many examples there were 50+ years ago, there certainly are many fewer surviving intact such properties left. How many do we think will be intact in another 50 years if we don’t step up now? When students and others visit our city in 2061 for the centenary of JFK’s presidency, will they have anything intact in SW Waterfront neighborhood to see as it was built and occupied in his time? I believe I have a duty to speak out and a responsibility to help preserve our history. There are ample empty blocks of land all over the area that I see when riding my bike around the neighborhood between my home and Nationals Ballpark. There is no need whatsoever to destroy our homes and part of our history in order to accomplish a very worthy goal of needed new residential housing. All SW Waterfront neighborhood residents have a dire need for help to prevent this planned tragedy that is utterly unnecessary.

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