Development Preview: The Heights on Georgia Avenue

Proposed façade for the Heights on Georgia Avenue

The joint Neighborhood Development Company (NDC)/MiCasa Inc. project, the Heights on Georgia Avenue (to be located between 3224 and 3234 Georgia Ave.), is a mixed use, mixed income development designed to contain 69 units with 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail. At least 50 % of the units are planned to be market rate with the other 50% of the units being affordable at 60% to 80% of the Average Median Income. While the affordability may change, NDC intends to keep 50% of the units available to market rate tenants.

The project is currently on track to break ground in the 4th quarter of 2010. It is presently 90% through the permitting process and 100% finished with the construction documents. Completion is expected to be 18 months after the start of construction.

The project has been designed with a focus on sustainability. The building has been designed to comply with Green Community initiatives (roughly equivalent to LEED Certified standard) and the District’s Green Building Code. This building will feature a green roof with fourteen different types of vegetation, photovoltaic panels that will provide all of the energy needed to power the rooftop lights, passive solar heating and cooling, a central water system and water conserving /Energy Star appliances and fixtures among many other environmentally friendly attributes.

Typical floor plan for the Heights on Georgia Avenue

The project will also offer residents elevator access to a roof-top deck with lighted walkways, a trellis which provides shade for an outdoor seating area and a second floor business community center with a walk-out patio and its own green roof system. The exterior façade will be constructed from a combination of high quality brick and Exterior Insulation and Finishing System (EIFS) and will feature Juliet balconies and large windows that contribute to the overall architectural interest of the building.

In looking at all the components as currently planned, this projects appears to be a good fit for Georgia Avenue and addresses several neighborhood concerns. The desire for both market rate and moderate to lower-income housing in the community has been met. The project’s green and publicly assessable roof is another feature that has been requested of other developers, helping to address the shortage of green space and parks along lower Georgia Avenue.

The building will also include 29 parking spaces. With its near proximity to two Metros stations and multiple bus lines it is conceivable that some residents may not have or need vehicles.  The availability of public transportation should also make the 10,000 square feet of retail space desirable enough to both vendors and shoppers if the right businesses can be secured.

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17 Comments on “Development Preview: The Heights on Georgia Avenue”

  1. Chris Says:

    Neighborhood Development Corps last project on Georgia Avenue, GA Commons where Yes Organic Market is, has been a great addition to the area. The lobby and sidwalk of that place has become a great place to score some weed, and it gives everyone the impression that we have a hotel in Petworth.

  2. Angry Parakeet Says:

    On which block of GA will this be built?

  3. Cliff Says:

    I love some of NDC’s stuff, but some I do not like at all. They submitted the best proposal for the Park Morton development in my opinion, but Adrian is not one of the mayors buddies so I don’t think he expected to get the contract anyway. I expected this building to be finished a year ago – I do not know what all the delays have been about but this floor plan was approved by the prior ANC so its been at least 2 years….

  4. Shawn Says:

    This will replace the U-Like and the parking lot, yeah?

    Cool – thanks for the development updates. I love posts like this!

  5. db Says:

    As long as they keep off the damn sidewalk, i’m a fan.


  6. [...] issued by Councilmember Graham today, the Neighborhood Development Company’s “The Heights on Georgia Avenue” project is poised to begin construction in the next 60 to 90 days. The development is [...]


  7. [...] bid on the Bruce Monroe site, they are scheduled to break ground in the next few months on their Heights project located on the southwest corner of Lamont and [...]


  8. [...] on the southeast corner of Morton and Georgia Avenue. The third project, also by NDC, is “The Heights,” which will be located on the southwest corner of Lamont and Georgia. The Heights is [...]


  9. [...] Heights — located on the southwest corner of Georgia and Lamont — was originally schedul…. That date has come and gone with no noticeable movement. According to NDC CEO Adrian Washington, [...]


  10. [...] the biggest non-event in 2011 was the Neighborhood Development Company’s “Heights” project located at Georgia and Lamont. The 69-unit building was originally scheduled to [...]


  11. [...] joint NDC/MiCasa Inc. project was originally planned to start in the fourth quarter of 2010. As I wrote in August 2010, the property — located on the southwest corner of  Georgia Avenue and Lamont Street [...]


  12. [...] Lamont Street, NW. Demolition of the site should happen relatively quickly in preparation of the Neighborhood Development Company’s Heights development. With the exception of Landex’s Avenue project, 2011 showed little progress on [...]


  13. [...] is moving along well at the Neighborhood Development Company’s The Heights project located at Lamont and Georgia, NW. Demolition at the site in preparation of the development began [...]


  14. [...] been a while since I’ve provided an update on Neighborhood Development Company’s The Heights project. It topped out a while ago and, as you can see from the photos, most of the windows are [...]


  15. [...] Lastly, the Heights project at Georgia and Lamont is finally nearing its completion — at least on the exterior. As you can see from the photograph below, the building looks a lot less like a work site and a lot more like a finished building — complete with exterior lighting and new sidewalks. When completed, it will have 69 units with 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail. This project has been in the works since August 2010. [...]


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