The 2,000 Residences on the Boards in Anacostia

by Nena Perry-Brown

Between the Opportunity Zone designation, the 11th Street Bridge Park, and delivery of Maple View Flats (which is expected to house the first Starbucks east of the River) and the Anacostia Busboys and Poets just steps away from each other, Anacostia has been garnering a lot of attention from developers. This has caused tension in some cases, most recently seen in the current fight to designate part of Barry Farms as a historic landmark amid the community being razed for a mixed-income redevelopment.

As seen in UrbanTurf's latest rundown below, the development here continues to place a heavy emphasis on affordable housing, for better or worse

Poplar Point

This prime riverfront location is back to square one as the city prepares to release a request for proposals for the 110 acres at Poplar Point. Sited between South Capitol Street, I-295 and the 11th Street Bridge, environmental remediation work is currently ongoing.

The Clara

The city just awarded a grant to Banneker Ventures, which has an application pending in partnership with Masjid Muhammad to rezone the 2300 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE between Chicago and Talbert Streets (map). The grant would go towards renovating and expanding the existing American Islamic Heritage Museum on the site, while the map amendment would pave the way for a mixed-use development with 85 apartments and 11,000 square feet of retail. The units would include studios to three-bedrooms and would be affordable to households earning between 30 and 80 percent of area median income.

Reunion Square

Development appears to be back on track for the nine-building Reunion Square project as a bill is currently pending with the DC Council to invest tax increment financing (TIF) dollars toward construction of one of the office buildings. Curtis Investment Group, Four Points and architect Hickok Cole master-planned the 9.5 acres along Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue between Chicago and U Streets SE, with eight additional buildings slated to deliver nearly 900,000 square feet of office space, 180 hotel rooms and 140,000 square feet of retail. The development will also create a new home for the Anacostia Playhouse and the DC Department of Health.

Under the latest TIF agreement, 143 of the residential units will be affordable, 134 of which will be for seniors. Here are some of the residential buildings which remain on the boards:

The 1,625 Units on the Boards in Anacostia: Figure 3

The Zoning Commission (ZC) granted a two-year extension last December to the six-story residential building at 2255 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue SE (map). As designed by Grimm + Parker, the building would deliver 71 units, six of which will be one-bedroom live-work units with private entrances.

The overall unit mix will span from studios to two-bedrooms, and 57 of the units will be affordable to households earning up to 60 percent of area median income (AMI). An underground parking level will provide 26 vehicular and 37 bicycle parking spaces; amenities will include a roof deck and business center. The building is expected to deliver in 2022. 

  • 2001-2027 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue

Central to the project is a pair of buildings arranged in an H-shape which would incorporate the row of historic commercial buildings at 2001-2027 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE (map). The four-story portion will deliver a 15,000 square-foot Anacostia Playhouse along with office and retail space, while the seven-story portion will deliver 125 apartments, office and retail, and six townhome-style units fronting Shannon Place. There will also be 69 below-grade parking spaces; Michael Marshall Design is the architect.

  • Building 5

A second-stage PUD application has not yet been filed for this building, which would deliver 481 apartments and 8,00 square feet of retail. The development team currently has a time extension application pending for this building and an office building, both of which were intended to be considered with a third building that is under appeal.

Columbian Quarter

After successfully being granted a map amendment for a stretch of Howard Road SE (map), Redbrick Partners has filed to extinguish the previously-appealed PUD which was approved to deliver roughly 692 apartments, 1.6 million square feet of office space and 52,120 square feet of retail across five buildings. HOK is the architect on the development, which will also include improvements to the adjacent Anacostia Metro station and two levels of underground parking, providing 590 bicycle and 983 vehicular spaces.  

Skyland Town Center

As the first of five buildings at Skyland Town Center appears poised for completion early next year, the project is also garnering attention following a May announcement of a grocery store anchor: the city's first Lidl. The overall development will deliver almost 500 apartments and over 130,000 square feet of retail. The first building at the intersection of Good Hope Road and Alabama Avenue SE (map) will deliver 263 apartments (79 affordable) above 84,500 square feet of retail and 199 parking spaces. An additional 99 apartments over 16,800 square feet of retail will deliver in the next phase. The project is a partnership between W.C. Smith and Rappaport and is designed by Torti Gallas.

Correction: The article previously misidentified developer Rappaport; that has since been corrected.

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