The Development Planned Around Bloomingdale and Truxton Circle

  • May 10th 2016

by Nena Perry-Brown

While development in NoMa continues to boom, things have been a little more slow-going west of North Capitol Street. As part of UrbanTurf catching up on the upcoming residential developments in area neighborhoods this year, below, we will take a look at the larger developments on tap for the area around Bloomingdale and Truxton Circle.

In case you missed them, here are other neighborhoods we have covered thus far in 2016:

Truxton Circle and Bloomingdale Development

The Development Planned Around Bloomingdale and Truxton Circle: Figure 1

Cycle House

Urban Green, LLC, Flywheel Development and Studio Upwall Architects have teamed up to bring LEED-Gold certified affordable housing to the vacant lot at 1520-1522 North Capitol Street NW (map). Earlier this month, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) gave the developers the green light to construct a four-story mixed-use building with 15 studio and one-bedroom apartments, 4,100 square feet of ground floor retail and a 1,708 square-foot restaurant. With roof-top solar and fuel cells, the building will produce all of its own energy, only using the grid for backup and potentially allowing a community energy-share. There will also be a bike room and a roof deck, and most of the units will have balconies. The apartments will be affordable to persons making between 50-60 percent of area median income (AMI).

The Development Planned Around Bloomingdale and Truxton Circle: Figure 2

The Truxton

Brick Lane Real Estate took possession of 8, 10 and 12 Florida Avenue NW and 1542 North Capitol Street NW in late 2014, and are currently constructing The Truxton (map). The project, anticipated to deliver in 2017, includes the renovation of current storefronts and construction of nine luxury units above the 5,000 square feet of retail space.

The Development Planned Around Bloomingdale and Truxton Circle: Figure 3

Florida Avenue and Q Street NW

This month, DC is putting the 12,400 square-foot lot at 26 Q Street NW (map) up for a request for proposals (RFP).

There are a total of seven vacant lots and one to-be-razed building on the site. Two of the lots are zoned for residential, while the rest are commercial. According to the DMPED summary, any developer wishing to snatch up the site should intend to propose a mixed-use development with residential units and commercial space with 51 percent minimum affordability for those making up to 90 percent AMI.

The Development Planned Around Bloomingdale and Truxton Circle: Figure 4

North Capitol Commons

Just on the other side of North Capitol Street is North Capitol Commons at 1005 North Capitol St NE (map), which UrbanTurf has been following since its proposal. The Be The Change Development Corporation and Sorg Architects-led project is being constructed as permanent supportive housing for veterans and affordable units for those making up to 60 percent of AMI. Sigal Construction is finishing up the 14-story building, and its 124 microunits are currently leasing in preparation for an August opening.

Northwest One

DC is also putting the 196,816 square foot lot at North Capitol and K Streets NW (map) up for RFP this summer. This surface parking lot is zoned for both residential and commercial use. Up to 800 units are allowed on the site with roughly 220 designated for affordable housing.

Truxton Circle and Bloomingdale Development

The Development Planned Around Bloomingdale and Truxton Circle: Figure 5

Sursum Corda

At 1.3 million square feet of new development, the largest project in this area will be the replacement of the Sursum Corda Housing Cooperative bounded by First and North Capitol Streets and L and M Streets NW (map). After over a decade of false starts and planning, the Sursum Corda Cooperative Board, joined by Winn Development and Boggs and Partners Architects, was recently approved for the first stage of a planned-unit development (PUD) by the Zoning Commission.

The plan is to erect five LEED Silver buildings, which will deliver a total of 1,133 residential units and 49,000 square feet of non-residential space, including at least 1.5 acres of public space. The existing 148 townhouses on the 5.8-acre site will be demolished along with 76 M Street NW. Of the new residences, 199 will be affordable available to applicants who earn an average of 60 percent AMI; the breakdown of this is still to be determined.

Out of those 199 unit, 136 will be studios to four-bedrooms that will accommodate returning residents. Those residents will also get a one-time payout to compensate for their equity in the property.

Retail will front M Street and wrap around into the pedestrian promenades that will traverse through the site. There will be walk-up units on First Street and First Place. Pierce Street will be extended through the site and made private.

The project will be built in two phases: the first will be the south block, comprised of three buildings totaling 421 units, including the current-resident replacement units. This phase will also deliver 272 below-grade parking spaces built into the hill behind the third building. The first phase of the PUD should be completed by 2020.

The Development Planned Around Bloomingdale and Truxton Circle: Figure 6

Chapman Stables

This historic two-story former coal yard, stable and garage at 57 N Street NW (map) was most-recently the Brass Knob Warehouse, which vacated in 2010. The existing building will get a third story, and a five-story addition will also abut the property. The development team, consisting of Four Points, John Sunter and Studio 27 Architects, will deliver 110 apartments and 60 underground parking spaces.

An earlier version of this post omitted the Cycle House development.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/the_development_headed_for_west_of_north_capitol_street/11146.

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