At the Avenue, Mayor Gray prepares to cut the ribbon, flanked by Councilmember Jim Graham and Victor Hoskins
2012 has been a very active year in Park View, even when compared to 2011 and 2010. It’s easy to lose sight of all the changes that have occurred in the past year, so I’m going to recap them here and in a few follow up posts. Today we are going to start with area development.
Starting at the northern end of the neighborhood, the long empty apartment building at 809-811 Otis Place, NW, began to get rehabilitated in October. Upon completion the building will house 27 residential units.
The 86-unit Avenue at Georgia and Newton Street was completed and officially opened in September of this year. The Avenue has long been considered the first phase of a completely redeveloped Park Morton. While movement on the main complex still seems painfully slow, empty units at Park Morton are being boarded up rather than occupied. In any event, the Avenue is a great addition to the area even if there is still more work to do with the City on the greater redevelopment piece.
The Lamont Street facade of the Heights at the end of November.
The last major development to impact Georgia Avenue this year was Neighborhood Development Company’s The Heights. Work began in January 2012 and the project has steadily progressed. The building is designed to have 69 units with 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail.
What to Watch For in 2013
2013 already looks to be a busy year. In addition to work wrapping up on the Heights and 809-811 Otis Place, NDC’s long-delayed Vue project at Georgia and Morton Street should finally get off the ground. As of this posting, I understand that the final pieces required to actually get the project started are falling into place.
Sketch of residential building coming to 3205 Georgia Ave.
If the Vue isn’t enough to get excited about, the project destined for the empty lot on the northeast corner of Georgia and Kenyon should also begin early in 2013. This project was only waiting on permits the last time I checked in with the developer. When completed, the building will have thirty-one (31) 1- and 2-bedroom rental units. Of those, 5 will be affordable. The building will have no retail.
And lastly, the empty lot on the southeast corner of Otis Place and Georgia also appears destined to begin development in 2013. Presuming that it gets support from both ANC 1A and the Board of Zoning, the proposed six (6) story mixed-use project could start early in the year. The building as designed would consist of ground floor retail and twenty (20) dwelling units above.
Once these projects begin, the only vacant lots remaining on Georgia Avenue for future development will be the one at Georgia and Park Road and the frontage at the Bruce-Monroe Park. More likely, though, would be the redevelopment of existing buildings.
The two properties that come to mind most readily are those formerly belonging to the New Commandment Baptist Church on Newton Place and Park Road — both of which recently sold. As the Newton Place properties sold for $1.425M and the Park Road property was listed at $3.5M, I can’t imagine that anyone would make such a large investment without development in mind. These lots will clearly be two to watch in 2013.
Tomorrow: Part II — DDOT, Schools, and Parks & Rec