The 3,500 Units on the Boards from Trinidad to Gallaudet

  • June 20th 2023

by UrbanTurf Staff

Seven years after a large mixed-use development was initially approved, Gallaudet University is moving forward with its massive plans for six acres of its campus — and that isn't the only project planned east of Union Market. 

Today, UrbanTurf continues our tour of neighborhood developments around the region as we take a look at the residential pipeline on the boards from Trinidad to Ivy City. If we missed a large development below, 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:

Gallaudet/JBG Development

Gallaudet University and JBG SMITH's big plans for the university's land on either side of 6th Street between Morse Street and Neal Place NE (map) are slowly moving forward.

A planned-unit development (PUD) is expected to deliver over 450,000 square feet of office and administrative space, 129,000 square feet of retail, and up to 1,769 residential units; over 77,000 square feet of the residential space will be set aside as Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) units. Future Green Studio is the landscape architect and Hall McKnight is a consulting architect on the entire development, which is meant to incorporate DeafSpace design principles

At least 10,000 square feet of retail would be set aside as makerspace rented at 10% below market rate for qualified tenants, and another 5,000 square feet of retail will be rented to vendor(s) who are deaf or hard of hearing.

First up are plans for Parcels 2 and 3, for which Future Green Studio is the landscape architect, Eric Colbert & Associates is the architect of record; a second-stage PUD application for Parcel 4 was filed with DC last year.

  • Parcel 2

Parcel 2 will contain two buildings delivering a total of 236 residential units, nearly 25,000 square feet of retail and over 15,000 square feet for university use. Specifically, the 2A building would have 160 units, 18,421 square feet of retail, and 11,350 square feet for university use, and the 2B building would have 76 units, 6,440 square feet of retail, and 4,099 square feet for university use.

Thirty-two of the units will be IZ for households earning up to 50% and 80% of median family income (MFI), and there will also be 201 below-grade vehicular and 121 bicycle parking spaces. Olson Kundig Architects is the designer. 

A "Creativity Way" will be built between Parcel 2 and the existing Faculty Row. It will have interactive experiences and "flexible creative and incubator space, including knowledge studios highlighting deaf culture, ASL language learning, and bilingual interactives," as described by the application. 

  • Parcel 3

Parcel 3 will deliver up to 600 residential units, 42,858 square feet of retail, and 321 vehicular and 242 bicycle parking spaces. The building will also include 72 IZ units for households earning up to 50% and 80% of MFI. Morris Adjmi Architects is the designer. 

  • Parcel 4


A second-stage planned unit development (PUD) filed with the DC Zoning Commission last year outlines plans for a 120-foot, 647-unit residential development at 1331 5th Street NE (map) behind Union Market. The new building, designed by Selldorf Architects, would sit right behind Union Market. The 650-unit development will have 33,500 square feet of retail space and approximately 345 parking spaces. About 10% of the residential units will be set aside for renters earning no more than 50% or 80% of median family income. 


Urbanico Realty Group is working on Bonsai, a 41-unit development at 1214-1216 Bladensburg Road NE (map). The four-story development will have amenities including a fitness center, and rather than providing parking, the building will have 14 bicycle spaces and each buyer will get a pre-loaded Smartrip preloaded and either up to three years of a Capital Bikeshare membership or a one-time carshare membership. Gal Bouskila and Bonstra|Haresign Architects designed the building.

ProFish Redevelopment

OceanPro Properties has plans to replace the ProFish warehouse at 1900 Fenwick Street NE (map) with an 80 foot-tall, 123-unit building. Each of the apartments would have a balcony, and the development would have retail and makerspace on the ground-floor and part of the second floor, along with 80 below-grade parking spaces. PGN Architects + Michael Graves Architecture is the designer.

The unit mix will include three-bedroom units, and there would be roughly 12-16 inclusionary zoning units affordable to households earning up to 60% of MFI. 

New City

There has been little news of late on Douglas Development's long-rumored Ivy City development.

New City encompasses the majority of 16 acres between New York and Montana Avenues off Bladensburg Road NE (map). The development is expected to deliver nine buildings that would include a 150,000 square-foot grocery store, 859 residential units, 210 hotel rooms, 45,600 square feet of office space, and another 149,740 square feet of retail.

Twenty percent of the residential units would be affordable: 25% for households earning up to 50% of MFI and the remainder for households earning up to 80% of MFI. 

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