I also noticed that the building’s appearance will rapidly be changing over the next several of weeks. Workers have begun the installation of the exterior brick veneer. Below is an image to give an idea of what the brick looks like once installed. I’m not sure what the other facing material will be at this time.
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I haven’t posted an update on the Heights project in quite a while. With all the other development going on in the neighborhood, I thought it only right to provide an update on this project as well.
In comparing the current state of construction with the rendering, the building appears to be topping out. While the NDC Website states that the Heights will be completed by April 2013, I understand that it is currently on budget and slightly ahead of schedule.
Work 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 in mid-January 2012.
The mixed use, mixed income development is designed to contain 69 units with 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail. The building is also planned to have 29 parking spaces.
As you can see from the photos below, in the past three months the building’s foundation has been poured and construction appears poised to begin rising above street level in the coming weeks.
In little more than a week, demolition of the former pawn shop and U-Like carry out on the southwest corner of Lamont and Georgia Avenue, NW, has progressed to an advanced state (see above).
In examining the site yesterday, there was little left that anyone familiar with the properties would recognize. One thing that I did notice that had alluded me before was how much land was fenced off for the project.
If you are familiar with the 700 block of Lamont Street you will know that there is a large lot behind U-Like with an alley separating the two properties. Both the empty lot and alley are currently within the construction fence leading me to wonder if they are also part of the project or merely needed for construction staging. I’ve provided an outline of what appears to be the perimeter fencing below.
(According to the DC Zoning Map, the area outlined in red will become the Heights. The additional area outlined in purple is also fenced in for construction.)
Just a very quick update that work has finally begun at the southwest corner of Georgia Avenue and 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 Georgia Avenue and NDC’s developments seemed to completely stall. It’s good to see that these projects are still forthcoming even if far from their original timetable.
As was brought to my attention by a reader, the Washington Business Journal reported yesterday that the Neighborhood Development Company’s (NDC) long delayed Heights project has finally secured financing. In following up with NDC’s Adrian Washington, he confirmed that the development is set to begin in two to three weeks.
The 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 (between 3224 and 3234 Georgia Ave.) — will be a mixed use, mixed income development designed to contain 69 units with 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail space. 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.
Once ground breaks the project will take 16 months to complete, placing its finish at the beginning of 2013.
What’s been going on with the Neighborhood Development Company’s (NDC) Heights and Vue projects? That’s a question that’s been on many residents’ minds this year.
The Heights — located on the southwest corner of Georgia and Lamont — was originally scheduled to break ground in the fourth quarter of 2010. That date has come and gone with no noticeable movement. According to NDC CEO Adrian Washington, as shared at the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force last night, the Heights is now looking to begin in January 2012. The chief problem was getting the financing package together. This now appears to be done with an expected closing date in December of this year. Once ground breaks, the project will take 16 months to complete.
The Vue, on the other hand, is much further behind. While that project has cleared zoning, it is now in the early stages of financing with no definite start date scheduled. NDC’s need to focus on the Heights and get that project moving forward was deemed the higher priority of the two projects.
Readers may recall that this is for NDC’s The Vue project located at Morton and Georgia (the strip mall that includes the Post Office). The need for the hearing is to respond to NDC’s request to build 20 feet higher than the current C2A zoning allows, which would allow the finished building to be a 90 foot structure with C2B zoning.
To offset the proposed zoning change and the development’s denser footprint, NDC has proposed to renovate the field house at the Park View Rec Center. This proposal was supported by ANC 1A at their January meeting.
For those interested in attending the hearing, details are below:
Location: One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St NW Suite 220S
When: March 3, 2011 @ 6:30pm
Case #: 10-26
At the January, 2011, ANC 1A meeting, Jason Vargas of the Neighborhood Development Company (NDC) presented an overview of their The Vue project which will replace the strip mall located on the southeast corner of Morton Street and Georgia Avenue. As the project requires a zoning variance to accommodate a building that is marginally higher than the current zoning overlay allows, NDC is required to provide a public amenity.
At the January 12th ANC meeting, NDC announced that they had narrowed down their selection to one community amenity that they felt confident they could complete and that would provide lasting value to the community … the field house at the Park View Recreation Center.
Previously, contenders for the amenity included the former Bruce-Monroe site, Park Morton, and the Park View School building in addition to the recreation facility. When all four sites were considered, the recreation center was the only site not currently scheduled for development or possible closure in the near future.
NDC stated that they estimated the amenity to be in the range of $75,000, but would be committed to completing the field house if costs ran over that estimate.
Their initial estimate of the scope of renovations include:
Exterior: Repair or Replacement
- Leaking Roof
- Drafty windows
- Renovation of Exterior Skin
- Entrance Door & Side lite
Interior: Repair, Replace, or Update
- Analysis & Redesign of Interior Layout (Including Kitchen, Computer Room, Multipurpose Room and second level reading room)
- Peeling Paint
- Deteriorating Drywall
- Outdated Lighting
- Update Electric and Plumbing as needed
- New floor covering for all levels
- Heating and Cooling system
- Interior Bathrooms
The field house was originally dedicated on November 15, 1932 and has served the community for 78 years. The image below shows it as it neared completion in September of that year.
The field house was originally part of a modernization project that included a wading pool and tennis courts on the playgrounds. Work was largely done with unemployed labor and paid for through the District’s unemployment fund.