The 1,364 Units Coming to the U Street Corridor

by Nena Perry-Brown

UrbanTurf has been taking a look at the residential developments in the pipeline for various neighborhoods in the DC area. This week, we will revisit what is in-progress in the U Street Corridor.

If you missed them, here are the other neighborhoods we have covered this year:

The 1,364 Units Coming to the U Street Corridor: Figure 1

907 Barry Place NW

The Howard University-owned warehouse at 907 Barry Place NW (map) has been vacant for quite a while. In partnership with architect Niles Bolton Associates, McKeever Services, Ambling University Development and Barry Place Partners, the 1.35 acre-site is slated to have a six-story, 319-unit mixed-use development built on the site. Fourteen of the residences will be flats on the street level along Barry Place, and another six will be two-story units along 9th Street; the remaining 299 apartments will be on the upper floors. Ten percent of the residential units will be for those making up to 80 percent of the area median income (AMI), and others will be set aside for Howard University staff. There will also be two levels of parking with 145 spaces. A raze application was filed last year and an application pending to close the public alley behind the building to make way for construction. Be sure to check out the mural on the side of the building before demolition begins!

The 1,364 Units Coming to the U Street Corridor: Figure 2

965 Florida Avenue NW

One of the most-watched projects in the U Street area is the Whole Foods-anchored development at 965 Florida Avenue NW (map). Thirty percent of the units at the 428-unit development will be affordable, and there will also be a total of 343 parking spots on-site, 125 of which will be for residents. MRP Residential and Ellis Development also plan to widen the sidewalks surrounding the site and add a 4,400 square-foot public park to the west side of Florida Avenue. The design team consists of PGN Architects, Hord|Coplan|Macht, and mv+a.

The 1,364 Units Coming to the U Street Corridor: Figure 3

Grimke School Redevelopment

Last spring, Roadside Development and Sorg Architects were awarded the right to redevelop the Grimke School at 1925 Vermont Avenue NW (map) into a complex with retail, residential and community-oriented components. Out of a total of 62 residences, 13 will be affordable and 7 will be townhomes along 9 1/2 Street NW. The African American Civil War Museum will also make its home at the new project, and cultural partners will include Imagination Stage, Step Afrika!, and City Dance. The retail portion will take up 8,300 square feet of the street level.

The 1,364 Units Coming to the U Street Corridor: Figure 4

2002 11th Street NW

Neighborhood Development Company purchased 2002 11th Street NW (map) from the adjacent Industrial Bank of Washington in January 2015. The bank is a contributing structure to the U Street Historic District and the facade will be restored, while the building fronting 11th Street will be razed to make way an addition of up to 10 stories with as many as 30 new residences. An application to raze the non-contributing structure was filed in February. Freelon Architects and Bonstra|Haresign round out the development team.

The 1,364 Units Coming to the U Street Corridor: Figure 5


Currently under construction at the corner of 13th and U Streets NW (map) is a 130-unit residential building with 15,000 square feet of ground-floor retail from The JBG Companies. Amenities will include a clubroom, roof deck and gym; a Rite-Aid pharmacy trailer is currently on-site temporarily to replace the demolished store location. The architect for the development, which will also include 48 parking spots, is David M. Schwarz Architects.

The 1,364 Units Coming to the U Street Corridor: Figure 6

1355-1357 U Street NW

The Goldstar Group is likely to bring condos designed by Bonstra|Haresign to 1355-1357 U Street NW (map), where they are aiming to add six floors to two historic rowhouses to create a 90-foot structure and furnish a total of 25 residential units. The addition would be stepped-back to preserve the scale of the street level, and only the facades will be maintained. Their proposal has generated some concerns from the Historic Preservation Review Board and will likely be revised to reduce the massing or increase the setback.

The 1,364 Units Coming to the U Street Corridor: Figure 7

Portner Place

Portner Place is a two-part mixed-use redevelopment designed by Eric Colbert & Associates set for the 1400 block of U and V Streets NW. The garden-style Section 8 housing currently on-site will be replaced by 340-370 apartments. An eight-story wing called Portner Flats at 1440-1450 V Street (map) will contain 90-100 affordable rental units, while there will be an eleven-story wing at 1441-1449 U Street (map) with 250-270 market rate apartments and ground-floor retail. The development team consists of Somerset Development Company, Jonathan Rose Companies, and the Rose Green Cities Fund.

U Street Corridor Development

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This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/the_units_coming_to_the_u_street_corridor/11060


  1. skidrowedc@gmail.com said at 6:39 pm on Wednesday April 6, 2016:
    You're missing Atlantic Plumbing, Parcel C, on Florida Avenue between the Floridian and 965 Florida. Its north wing actually appears at the right side of the 965 Florida Ave rendering. As with Atlantic Plumbing A & B (completed at 8th & V Streets nearby), Morris Adjmi of NYC is the design architect, with Eric Colbert & Associates as the Architect of Record. Eric Colbert & Associates should also be credited as the architects for Portner Place, and whomever is the architect for 1355-57 U (I don't know, but UrbanTurf should!) should be credited, too.
  1. editor2014@urbanturf.com said at 6:51 pm on Wednesday April 6, 2016:
    skidrowedc, Oversight on our part. We have added the architects for both projects. Thanks as always.

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