The 6 Proposals for Shaw’s Parcel 42 Revealed

by UrbanTurf Staff

Parcel 42. Google Maps.

Parcel 42, a plot of land in Shaw at the intersection of 7th Street NW and Rhode Island Avenue NW (map), will soon be transformed. On Wednesday night, six development teams met with the community to present their plans for the site, which includes a rectangular lot at 7th and R Street and a smaller, triangular space just to the east.

The District’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) will choose one project from among those presented within the next few months. DMPED was hoping for mixed-income projects with community-serving features. Following are the plans and renderings for each project.

Last month, UrbanTurf readers may recall that six developers presented their plans for a development at the site of R.L Christian Library on H Street NE. Like then, we saw a perfect opportunity for a poll. So once you’ve looked at all six proposals, please choose your favorite three below:


102-Room Hotel, 22 Affordable Units and 74-Space Underground Parking Garage

Baywood Hotels and Dantes Partners propose a mixed-use development consisting of an 102-room hotel on top of 22 affordable units, along with 5,000+ square feet of retail space occupied by a retail tenant named Milk and Honey. The affordable units will be limited to residents making 50 percent of the average median income (AMI) and will occupy the second and third floors of the nine-story development. The hotel and residences will have separate entrances. Two stories of underground parking will provide 74 parking spaces.


An 81-Unit or A 99-Unit Residential Project With a Yes! Organic Market

Neighborhood Development Company plans an eight-story residential building with Yes! Organic Market occupying the retail space, along with two stories of underground parking. The group presented two plans: one with 81 one- and two-bedroom units along with two townhouses on the plot’s smaller parcel of land, and another with one large 99-unit building. Interestingly, the group also hopes to use a crowdfunded investment model, similar to Fundrise. They were also the only developers with a signed commitment from a retail tenant. They are aspiring for LEED Platinum certification.


100-Unit Residential Project With Retail, Community Garden and Live-Work Spaces

POUNDS Properties, in collaboration with Jubilee Housing and Sorg Architects, hopes to build a 100-unit residential building with ground floor retail and several live-work spaces. Along 7th Street NW, traditional retail will front the street, while the R Street side will house the live-work units for entrepreneurs to both live and set up shop in. They are also planning a community garden in the triangular space to the east. Units range from studios to three-bedrooms, and 40 percent will be affordable.


96-Unit Residential Project With Two Levels of Retail, Rooftop Garden and a Public Courtyard

Warrenton Group, Four Points Development and Studio Upwall Architects presented plans for a 96-unit residential project that will include townhouses, lofts, studios, and family-sized apartments, which will include affordable units. The retail will total 15,260 square feet and span two levels, with the second level largely occupied by an open public courtyard at the center of the site; a large public staircase at the corner leads to it. Some smaller retail spaces will be offered to District-based businesses, along with a larger space that would ideally be rented by a market like Trader Joe’s or Yes! Organic. A 4,200-square foot rooftop garden will also be built, and there will be two levels of underground parking. The project will be LEED certified.


50-Unit Apartment Building With Community Garden and 18 Underground Parking Spaces

United House of Prayer for All People and Suzane Reatig Architects plan a 50-unit apartment building with 6,000 square feet of retail. The apartment size will average about 1,000-square feet. They also hope to include a community garden on the triangular site. The six-story building will also have about 18 parking spaces.


105-Unit Residential Building With Retail

Shaw 42 Developers, comprised of TenSquare and Chapman Development with R2L:Architects, proposed a 105-unit residential building with ground floor retail. The building, which will have a mix of studio, one- and two-bedrooms, will be “highly amenitized”, with a pool and green space on the roof. The retail tenant could possibly be a market or pharmacy. The design incorporated many materials, with an industrial look on the corner, and gray and red alternating vertical portions on the side.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/six_proposals_for_shaws_parcel_42_revealed/6299


  1. Marq said at 3:40 pm on Thursday November 15, 2012:

    Can we see the poll results.

  1. Mark Wellborn said at 4:06 pm on Thursday November 15, 2012:


    We will publish the results of the poll on Monday morning.


    Mark Wellborn

  1. Phil said at 4:30 pm on Thursday November 15, 2012:

    As a resident of shaw, I’ve noticed there is definitely a lack of retail in the area.  There is a limited number of places to grab a quite bite to eat let alone shop.  City Market at O is only 1 or 2 blocks from this site where there will be a Giant so there isn’t a need for another grocery store.  I support the project with 2 levels of retail because it will finally give residents retail options.

  1. postraomus said at 5:31 pm on Thursday November 15, 2012:

    I am down for some retail as long as it’s viable for independent retailers…if this ends up looking like the Target/Best Buy monstrosity up in Columbia Heights, albeit on a smaller scale, I’ll cry.

  1. Sampson said at 5:41 pm on Thursday November 15, 2012:

    This should be as big as possible, while maximizing space for meaningful retail and market-rate housing. This should also be built by developers and not a church-entity. Oh, and please keep ​Suzane Reatig far away from this.

  1. Barry Solomon said at 8:33 am on Friday November 16, 2012:

    I would love to see a MOMs organic market go in the building. Several bids mentioned a yes or a trader joes, well moms is way better than both of these and there is already a yes on 14th.

  1. EV said at 12:28 pm on Friday November 16, 2012:

    The growing neighborhood can support a few more groceries. If the CityMarket at O Giant is going to be the flagship for Royal Ahold on the East Coast, if not the Nation, there are going to be patrons from all parts of the District, and commuters coming and going from regions beyond, using that store.

  1. David said at 9:49 pm on Friday November 16, 2012:

    This parcel is currently owned by DC.  Does the winning bidder have to purchase or lease it (benefiting DC taxpayers)?  Because none of these projects seems to “benefit” the community other than some affordable housing, which DC should require anyway.  We don’t need to have an incentive for retail—the market demands that.  There are no community spaces or other elements.  Yes, there are various commitments to hire from within the neighborhood, but mostly the promise seems to be that it will bring economic development—again, the property will do that based on other buildings and metro access.  What am I missing?

  1. Stephen Szibler said at 11:16 pm on Saturday November 17, 2012:

    The three I chose had these features for our community. Affordable housing, something for the community like a garden and health food store guaranteed.

  1. Vel said at 10:34 pm on Sunday November 18, 2012:

    I think that this it is a good thing, to have affordable housing for the working class community of the district. We need this type of economic housing,inwhich the United House Of Prayer has suppied for low income people within the district.

  1. Chuck said at 11:57 am on Monday November 19, 2012:

    Nice proposals. Congrats to all the teams. http://startarchitects.com/parcel-42/

  1. Can't smell the mountain of excrement? said at 8:50 am on Friday April 26, 2013:

    Looks like the market-rate development pros don’t even bother bidding any more??  The enduring gravy train stipulates the fat-wealth will always pass to the established cronies who win all the cozy, publicly subsidized land offers.  It’s a feast orchestrated in back rooms by selfdealing creeps—pure DC government sleaze.  Look at (ALL or) most of the city parcels and how they flow so readily and generously to such an obvious chosen few.  It’s our nations capitol and its 2013 people.  When’s the stench of this catch the attention of the FBI?

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