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The 1,500 Residential Units in the Works Between Walter Reed and Historic Takoma

by Nena Perry-Brown

Aerial of The Parks at Walter Reed. Click to enlarge.

DC's Walter Reed redevelopment got a big win at the end of 2019 when Whole Foods was announced as the anchor, and the development pipeline has grown around Takoma, down the street from the Georgia and Eastern Avenue intersection where a 215-unit mixed-use development was swapped out for a small-format Target.

Today, UrbanTurf offers a refresher on what residential developments are on the boards for upper Georgia Avenue, Brightwood, and Takoma.

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


218 Vine Street

Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners is securing building permits for this 121-unit project in historic Takoma. The five-story building would sit at 218 Vine Street NW (map), and roughly 20% of the apartments will be permanent supportive housing for households earning up to 30% of area median income (AMI). The building will also have 39 below-grade parking spaces. KTGY Architecture + Planning is the designer.


225 Vine Street NW

Montage Development Group and Rosewood Strategies shared plans with the local ANC last fall for a smaller development across the street. A proposed four-story building would replace the surface lot and two story contractor building at 221 and 225 Vine Street NW (map) to deliver roughly 30 units. There will likely be 2-3 inclusionary zoning units at 50 percent and 80 percent of median family income, and there will also be some surface parking. The project will need Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) approval, but will otherwise be by-right. Square 134 Architects is the designer.


300 Carroll Street NW

Next door, another project would span the block between 325 Vine Street NW (map) and 300-308 Carroll Street NW (map), restoring the one-story commercial strip and reusing the Victorian house-apartment-hostels across the street from Takoma Metro station. Developer/architect SGA Cos. has proposed a 160-unit development with five stories of new construction fronting Vine Street.

The development will include 16 inclusionary zoning units, 23 parking spaces, and 53 long-term bicycle spaces, and the unit mix will span studios to three-bedrooms. Current commercial tenants like restaurant Spicy Delight are expected to remain. HPRB approved the design in April.


7-Eleven Redevelopment

Steps away, razing permit approvals are pending for the (now-closed) 7-Eleven at 218 Cedar Street NW (map). Neighborhood Development Company is planning a 55 foot-tall building delivering 37 condos above 11,960 square feet of commercial space. The units would be mostly one-bedrooms, and 10 percent of the residential square footage would be inclusionary zoning units. The project will also include 14 bicycle and 12 vehicular spaces of garage parking. Square 134 Architects is the designer.


The Parks at Walter Reed

Construction remains active on the multi-phase development of the 66-acre former Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus off Georgia Avenue (map). Hines, Urban Atlantic, Triden and architect Torti Gallas Urban are the master planners of more than 3 million square feet of development which will deliver more than 2,100 residential units; 150,000 square feet of retail; two charter schools; office, hotel and creative space; and 14 acres of green space. 

So far, there have already been move-ins for two veterans' and permanent supportive housing developments, and this May, the city announced financing for Karin House, 40 affordable senior units at 1395 Aspen Street NW. There has also been design (and tenant selection) progress with the Arts Park, adaptive reuse, and commercial components, including with the announced Whole Foods, plans to activate the Lawn, and retrofitting a power plant into a brewery.

Here are some more of the planned residential components:

Fronting Georgia Avenue at Aspen Street NW (map), The Vale will deliver 301 apartments atop 18,300 square feet of ground-floor retail. Both The Vale and neighboring condo The Brooks will share 215 below-grade parking spaces.


Urban Pace has begun sales for the 89 condominiums at The Brooks, off Aspen Avenue NW on the newly-created East Cameron Drive. Pricing for the units starts in the low $400s, and there are also 7 units for households earning up to 80% AMI and one at up to 50% AMI. The unit mix includes three bedrooms and loft units, and buyers will also get one year of free access to the amenities at The Vale apartments, including a saltwater pool with cabanas. Both The Brooks and The Vale topped out in May and are expected to deliver early next year.

HPRB has granted design concept approval for 58 townhouses along Aspen Street between 14th Place and Luzon Avenue NW (map). The 3.5-story, brick-faced townhouses will be in nine clusters arranged around a central mews, and each will have rear interior garages beneath decks. W.C. Ralston is the designer.

Additional townhouses and two-over-twos are also planned for the opposite side of the development along Fern Street.

Located just beyond the central lawn fronting Georgia Avenue between Elder and Dahlia Streets, The Hartley is expected to be crane-ready by the end of fall. The building will deliver 291 market-rate and 32 affordable units above a roughly 42,000 square-foot Whole Foods and 18,000 square feet of additional retail. There will also be over 300 underground parking spaces. The development team closed on the building in April and held groundbreaking a month later; delivery could be as early as 2022.

Also fronting the central lawn (map), the 6-story Building P is expected to deliver approximately 60 traditional and co-living residential units above three retail spaces, totaling roughly 24,000 square feet.

Building O will deliver 90-100 condos fronting the lawn, along with ground floor creative retail. Designed by Hickok Cole, the building will share garage space with The Hartley and Building P.


Firehouse Block Redevelopment

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development is expected to release a request for proposals (RFP) for a vacant city-owned firehouse at 5760 Georgia Avenue NW (map). In the meantime, Marcus Asset Group and Neighborhood Development Company, which jointly own most of the commercial block from 5756-5810 Georgia Avenue NW (map), have put forth a potential development proposal for the block that would deliver 300 or more apartments above neighborhood-serving retail, including a 22,000 square foot grocery store. The strip is zoned for medium-density mixed-use development with a maximum height of 65 feet, enabling the development team to still bring an extensive project to the block if they don't win the RFP.

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