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The 2,250 Units Planned For Walter Reed and Upper Georgia Avenue

by Nena Perry-Brown

An aerial rendering of The Parks at Walter Reed.

Last month, DC's Shepherd Park neighborhood witnessed the opening of one of the city's first small-format Target stores at a site previously slated for a 215-unit mixed-use development. Elsewhere along the upper Georgia Avenue corridor and its adjoining neighborhoods, more ambitious developments are progressing, led by the redevelopment of the Walter Reed campus.

Today, UrbanTurf takes a look at what residential developments are on the boards for upper Georgia Avenue and the Shepherd Park, Brightwood and Takoma neighborhoods.

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 expected to move forward soon with this 121-unit project in historic Takoma. Financing was recently finalized for a previously-approved five-story building at 218 Vine Street NW (map), which will deliver 121 apartments to the site of a surface parking lot. About 20 percent of the apartments will be permanent supportive housing for households earning up to 30 percent of area median income (AMI). The building will also have 39 below-grade parking spaces. KTGY Architecture + Planning designed the development, which is slated to break ground in the first quarter of 2020.


218 Cedar Street

Neighborhood Development Company is currently seeking historic approval for a proposed mixed-use project on the site of a 7-11 across the street from the Takoma Metro station. The Square 134 Architects-designed building would deliver 37 condominiums atop 9,000-12,000 square feet of commercial space to 218 Cedar Street NW (map).

Ten percent of the residential square footage would be for inclusionary zoning. The developer is expected to seek ANC support for the application this month. The project could acquire permits by the end of the year and break ground next February, putting delivery in 2021-2022.


2,300 Residential Units, Grocers and a Target: The Rundown for Upper Georgia Avenue: Figure 3

The Parks at Walter Reed

Development is humming along at the 66-acre former Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus off Georgia Avenue (map). A multi-phase project is underway and likely at least another decade from completion, as Hines, Urban Atlantic, Triden and architect Torti Gallas Urban oversee 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, all interspersed with 14 acres of green space. Nearly 200 units at the development are expected to deliver next year, providing, among other things, affordable senior veteran housing.

Here are some of the planned residential components:

2,300 Residential Units, Grocers and a Target: The Rundown for Upper Georgia Avenue: Figure 4

Sales begin this week for the 89 condominium units at The Brooks, on the newly-created East Cameron Drive off Aspen Avenue NW. Pricing for the units, which will begin delivering next year, starts in the low $400s. Urban Pace is handling sales and marketing. 

Fronting Georgia Avenue at Aspen Street NW (map), The Vale just broke ground. The 301-unit project includes 18,300 square feet of ground-floor retail. Both the Brooks and The Vale will share 215 below-grade parking spaces and amenities including a gym, yoga studio, co-working spaces, pet spa and saltwater pool with cabanas.

A Look at the 58 Townhouses Planned for Walter Reed: Figure 2

Last July, DC's Historic Preservation Review Board granted design concept approval for 58 townhouses on Parcel WXY, along Aspen Street between 14th Place and Luzon Avenue NW (map). The 3.5-story townhouses will be 16 feet and 20 feet wide and will have rear interior garages beneath decks. The brick-faced townhouses, designed by W.C. Ralston, will be in nine clusters arranged around a central mews. This development component could break ground as early as this fall.

There are also additional townhouses and two-over-twos planned for the opposite side of the development along Fern Street, although design details for this component are still forthcoming.

  • The Hartley

2,300 Residential Units, Grocers and a Target: The Rundown for Upper Georgia Avenue: Figure 6

The centerpiece of The Parks development, The Hartley is just beyond the central lawn between Elder and Dahlia Streets. The building will have 323 apartments above 60,000 square feet of retail, including a grocery store. There will also be over 300 underground parking spaces. This building is expected to break ground this year.

  • Building P

Expanding the retail-framed public space fronting The Hartley, Building P will deliver 60 traditional and co-living residential units above 24,000 square feet of commercial space. Designs for this building are expected to be unveiled in the coming months.

The public recently got a first glimpse at Building O, a 90-100 unit condo development designed by Hickok Cole. This building will deliver creative retail on the ground floor and will share the garage space delivered with The Hartley and Building P. Construction could begin next fall.


Georgia Avenue Firehouse Redevelopment

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) is expected to release a request for proposals (RFP) this summer for 5760 Georgia Avenue NW (map), an inactive firehouse originally built in 1897. Details of what DMPED would like to see at the site are still forthcoming, although the city's Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department may still retain some presence on the site. 

A pivotal aspect of the potential redevelopment of the site is Marcus Asset Group's and Neighborhood Development Company's joint ownership of most of the two-story commercial block flanking the firehouse, from 5756-5810 Georgia Avenue NW (map). The strip is zoned for by-right, medium-density mixed-use development with a maximum height of 65 feet, making it a prime site for 100-plus apartments above commercial space.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/the-over-2250-units-planned-proximal-to-upper-georgia-avenue/15359

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