Numerous New Residential Projects Planned for Columbia Heights and Pleasant Plains

by Shilpi Paul

Numerous New Residential Projects Planned for Columbia Heights and Pleasant Plains: Figure 1
Photo of CAS Riegler’s rendering.

Wednesday night’s ANC 1A meeting was chock full of presentations for new residential projects planned for Columbia Heights and Pleasant Plains.

First, developer CAS Riegler presented plans for a 5-unit condo building that will go up at 1300 Park Road NW (map). It will sit on a triangular plot at the southwest corner of the intersection currently occupied by a vacant, crumbling building. The rendering reveals a design that resembles the surrounding townhouses in size, material and rhythm.

Because the lot and existing building are oddly shaped, CAS Riegler and R2L:Architects had to make some creative design choices that require a couple variances from the BZA, including arranging for parking in the area rather than providing on-site parking and moving the building restriction line forward to increase the project size. After much deliberation, the ANC voted to approve the variance requests.

Next, developer Ryan Samuel presented plans for a 20-unit project comprised of two connected buildings at 1400 Spring Road NW and 3616 14th Street NW (map). Samuel is putting in a combination of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartment units, and expects to own and manage the building. 1400 Spring Road NW was formerly a church, and 3616 14th Street currently has a “3 for $10” retail shop on the ground level, which will remain. Samuel received unanimous approval from the ANC on a couple minor variances.

Finally, Michael Beidler of Trout Design Studio stopped by to announce plans for a 31-unit building at 3205 Georgia Avenue NW (map). The five-story building is being built “by right,” so no variances or approvals are necessary. The plans include 16 parking spaces and 5 affordable housing units, and the building will have a brick facade.

UrbanTurf will update these projects as we receive more details. To see all the residential buildings on tap for the DC area, check out UrbanTurf’s Pipeline.

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/several_residential_projects_planned_for_columbia_heights_and_pleasant/6020


  1. Jay said at 6:07 pm on Thursday September 13, 2012:
    Do you know when Jefferson 14W and the District apartments will announce pricing and start leasing?
  1. UrbanTurf said at 6:54 pm on Thursday September 13, 2012:
    Jay, Leasing at The District is expected to start in late-October/early November and 14W is expected to start leasing in late November/early December. We don't have pricing just yet. UrbanTurf
  1. PinkLipstick said at 1:29 pm on Tuesday November 26, 2013:
    The building on 1400 Spring RD NW looks like it's finishing up. However, my question is, when new people move into those apartments, aren't we all going to have trouble finding parking space? We're already having trouble as it is. On weekends when people visit the bars around here, it gets particularly bad and you end up having to find parking a couple of blocks down.

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