Apartments, Retail, A Black Box Theater: The 3 Proposals For Waterfront Station

by UrbanTurf Staff

The shortlisted teams vying to redevelop the Waterfront Station Parcel, a plot of land at 1000 4th Street SW (map), met with the community on Thursday night to present their plans for the site.

The District’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) will choose one project from among those presented within the next few months. When DMPED issued the Request For Proposals, it noted that uses should include mixed-income housing and ground floor community-serving retail or municipal services.

Following are the plans and renderings for each project.

Apartments, Retail, A Black Box Theater: The 3 Proposals For Waterfront Station: Figure 1
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443 Apartments, Black Box Theater, Artist Space, Retail

The development team consisting of PN Hoffman, AHC Inc., Paramount Development, E.R. Bacon Development and CityPartners presented plans for a mixed-use development with 443 rental apartments, a black box theater, artist spaces and 22,500 square feet of retail. Just over 300 of the apartments would be market-rate, and the remaining 133 would be affordable — 34 units for those making 30 percent of the area median income (AMI) and 99 units for those making 50 percent AMI. The development architect is Torti Gallas Urban. The cultural partners on the proposal are Forum Theatre, Cultural DC, Arena Stage, and Georgetown University LAB.

Apartments, Retail, A Black Box Theater: The 3 Proposals For Waterfront Station: Figure 2
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11-Story, 421-Unit U-Shaped Apartment Building with 9,000 Square Feet of Retail

MRP Realty, Taylor Adams Associates, Kettler, Blue Skye Construction, McCullough Construction and Housing Opportunities Unlimited are proposing a 421-unit rental development with 9,000 square feet of retail for the parcel. The proposal will have a total of 168 affordable units — 31 units at 30 percent AMI, 95 units at 50 percent AMI and 42 units at 80 percent AMI. The building will rise 11 stories and is designed in a U-shape. MV+A Architects is the project architect. The team plans to build a private street along the northern edge of the property that will connect 4th Street and Wesley Place. For the retail, the development team is targeting “a hardware store, bank, arts space or other neighborhood serving retail.”

Apartments, Retail, A Black Box Theater: The 3 Proposals For Waterfront Station: Figure 3
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378 Rental Units, 8,000 Square Feet of Retail and 258 Parking Spaces

Republic Properties Corporation and the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation propose a project with 378 rental units, 8,000 square-feet of neighborhood-serving retail and two levels of underground parking with a total of 258 spaces. There will be at minimum 112 affordable units as part of the project. The building will have a pool, a rooftop terrace and green space, as well as bicycle parking. WDG Architecture is the project architect.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/the_3_proposals_on_the_boards_for_waterfront_station/10321


  1. Brett said at 4:03 pm on Friday September 11, 2015:
    Yawn. Both are boring designs, but at least either will fit right in with all the other boring apartment buildings nearby.
  1. skidrowedc@gmail.com said at 7:11 pm on Friday September 11, 2015:
    In terms of exterior architecture, it's kinda a grab-bag. All 3 showcase current design trends, but there's no "home run" among them. The MRP/designed by MV+A seems the most confident, and does the best job of extending the Modernist heritage of the Southwest Urban Renewal. But with these not-so-differentiated architectural options, one would logically choose based on proposed uses. In that, the PN Hoffman scheme is dramatically superior to the others.
  1. DCnDE said at 11:59 pm on Friday September 11, 2015:
    Agree with skidrowedc on all points
  1. Mary said at 1:29 pm on Monday September 14, 2015:
    I agree they're all pretty uninspiring architecture. One thing I did like in the Republic proposal, however, was their attentiveness to things that the community identified as desirable to have or retain as development in SW proceeds: multi-bedroom units, so there's space for families, community spaces and sufficient parking. So, I like that the Republic proposal included duplex 2 bedrooms, a big courtyard that's semi-public space, lots parking and zip car spots and use of the private road they'd build for farmers market and Sunday church parking.
  1. Nathaniel Martin said at 3:49 pm on Tuesday September 15, 2015:
    I think skidrowedc makes a good point about the mix of uses in the PN Hoffman proposal, but I think I would still lean toward the MV+A design because it is the least boring. How sad that "least boring" should be the deciding factor. The WDG design is just awful. For all the money pouring into this area, you would think SOMEONE would be willing and even eager to develop a truly cutting-edge project, something that could put the area on the map. Why must everything be so, um, North Arlington??

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