Mall Conversions, Trader Joes? The 1,500 Units in the Friendship Heights Pipeline

  • May 16th 2023

by UrbanTurf Staff

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Below, UrbanTurf takes a look at the residential projects that have sprouted up on the Maryland and DC sides of the Friendship Heights neighborhood this year, which includes probably the most anticipated mall conversion in the city. If we missed a large development, shoot us an email at editor(at)urbanturf.com.

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

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5500 Wisconsin Avenue

Carr Companies and Donohoe have plans in the works for a mixed-use development that will replace the 44,700 square-foot retail structure that was previously home to Brooks Brothers and Saks Jandel at 5500 Wisconsin Avenue (map). The proposed development would have two seven-story "shoulders" flanking an 18-story tower, delivering up to 300 rental apartments above up to 11,000 square feet of retail.

The Courtyard by Marriott hotel will remain and a 47 foot-wide woonerf, or a curbless pedestrian-friendly right-of-way, will run between the hotel and the new building. Between 45 of the apartments at the new development will be moderately-priced dwelling units (MPDUs).

SK+I Architecture is the designer, and SpringHarbor Financial Group and Kruger Real Estate are also investors on the project. 

Lisner-Louise Dickson-Hurt Home Senior Housing

Urban Atlantic is working on a proposed addition to the Lisner-Louise Dickson-Hurt Home at 5425 Western Avenue NW (map) enabling a senior apartment building on the 5.4-acre site. The addition is expected to be four stories tall and deliver up to 93 affordable one-bedrooms. Wiencek + Associates is the architect.


A Grocer at the Chevy Chase Pavilion

Clarion Partners, the owner of the Chevy Chase Pavilion along Wisconsin Avenue (map), has filed modifications to its 1986 planned unit development (PUD) in order to make a grocery store feasible for the mall. The new store would occupy approximately 18,000 square feet in the former H&M space in the mall. The rumor around the neighborhood is that Trader Joe's is the chain that will occupy the space, but Clarion is (justifiably) not commenting until a lease is signed. 


Mazza-Gallerie Transformation

Tishman Speyer's plans to reimagine the Mazza Gallerie mall on Wisconsin Avenue (map) as a residential development are moving forward, as demolition work began earlier this year. 

The mall will become a 7-story, 325-unit apartment project with 25,000 square feet of retail along Wisconsin Avenue that could feature food and beverage establishments and fitness operations. The project is designed by Danish architect 3XN, and Willard Retail is advising on the retail component of the redevelopment. 

The new design of Mazza will include an undulating facade along Wisconsin Avenue, and the units will range from studios to two-story townhouses to terrace penthouses. The project will have a number of internal courtyards for residents, and approximately 40 of the units will be inclusionary zoning (IZ). 


Friendship Center Redevelopment

Federal Realty was granted approval earlier this year to redevelop Friendship Center, which houses DSW, Maggiano's, Marshalls, and the former Nordstrom Rack space at 5333 Wisconsin Avenue NW (map)

The plans call for a 310-unit residential development above 12,000 square feet of retail. Designed by Shalom Baranes and landscape architect Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, the building is expected to employ biophilic design principles like greening on balconies. Fifteen percent of the residential space will be affordable to households earning up to 60% of median family income.

Fox 5 Headquarters Redevelopment

Donohoe is in the process of developing a six-story, 210-unit project at 5151 Wisconsin Avenue NW (map), the former WTTG-Fox 5 headquarters. The development will include a 1,700 square-foot retail or restaurant space at Wisconsin Avenue and Harrison Street, along with 86-167 vehicular parking spaces and at least 71 long-term bicycle spaces. Torti Gallas Urban is the architect.

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This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/the_1500_units_in_the_friendship_heights_pipeline/21020.

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