It wasn't all that long ago that the H Street Corridor was an area of blight and decline. Today, it has undergone an amazing transformation and continues to grow and prosper. Described by Forbes as a Top Hipster neighborhood, this unique urban corridor offers a plethora of locally-owned restaurants, galleries, theaters and hopping nightspots and will soon enjoy electric street cars that will interface with nearby Union Station and Metro stops. The area also includes the Atlas District, named for the historic Atlas Theatre which as been revitalized and rechristened as the Atlas Performing Arts Center. In fact, it was the entertainment scene that initially drove the neighborhood's comeback as theaters, galleries and trendy nightclubs brought in foot traffic that decided to put down roots. With old commercial structures that were ripe for restoration, and the ubiquitous DC rowhouses, the H Street Corridor began one of the District's most ambitious and sustained drives back to prominence. This means developing and constructing more homes of course. Here then are updates on three residential projects in progress, as well as the state of H Street's Streetcar.
Due to break ground during the summer of 2013 is the 25-unit boutique mixed-use project 301 H Street. As the name implies, this upcoming condos and retail structure is indeed located right on H Street, at the corner of 3rd Street NE. Designed by architect Norman Smith for Capital City Real Estate, the building will combine traditional brick elements with modern vertical bays featuring multi-pane glass window walls. This is a terrific site, adjacent Union Station and across the street from the new soon-to-open Giant Supermarket. The condos will be offered in one and two-bedroom floor plans, with interior amenities that include all the typical bells and whistles such as hardwood floors, open floorplans, lots of light and gourmet kitchens with the requisite granite counters and stainless steel appliances. The property was purchased in 2011 and has progressed through its planning and development stages fairly rapidly. 301 H Street will be right across from the recently completed Senate Square development and will included 5,000 square-feet of retail on the ground floor.
Just west of Capitol Hill and south of the Atlas District is the site for the upcoming Solar 17 luxury townhomes and flats. The project is located on 17th Street between D and E Street and six blocks from Benning Road which turns into H Street. This sophisticated and ultra-modern low-rise is being shepherded by District Development Group (DDG) and designed by A2 Design. Construction will be delivered by Hamel Builders. Forward thinking green consciousness is an integral component, integrating solar cells and high-efficiency finishes. Solar 17 will feature two-story stacked townhomes over single-story flats. There will be 18 units in Phase 1 of the development, with nine flats, seven townhomes and two corner townhome units. The sleek modern design is very cubist in appearance with narrow vertical strips of wood and yellow brick offsetting the predominant steel and glass. Glass-enclosed bays and terraces offer three-sided window walls that will allow floods of light into the open space floorplans. Each townhome has its own right-side triangle roof, slanting up with comporting front windows. The two corner townhomes also offer giant floor-to-ceiling side windows. Balconies and patios, blonde hardwood floors, floating industrial-style stairs and dramatic wall cut-outs are just a few of the interior features. The developers are aiming for a summer 2014 delivery.
The Maia Condominium, also known as The Maryland, is the largest of these three projects. Offering 84 one and two-bedroom units (of which nine are qualified as affordable housing), this five-story building is located at 1350 Maryland Avenue NE, a block south of H Street. Helmed by Valor Development, the project began with the purchase of Faith Bible Church for $1.975 million in 2011. The developers were interested in preserving and converting the original church but after consulting with the Historic Preservation review Board, it was determined that the level of structural disrepair was too severe. Plans for a new 49-unit condo building changed when the developers acquired the adjoining lot in 2012, allowing for a major increase in size. Designed by PGN Architects, the Maia offers a more traditional look than the above-referenced projects. The square building offers a contemporary version of Federal-style architecture with clean lines, flat roof, squared-off front bays and impressive detail relief work. Preliminary prices are slated to start in the $300's and top out in the high $500's, with presales beginning during the summer of 2013. The delivery date is currently sometime in 2014. The 6,000-foot high building is back-dropped by rowhouses and is seen as an anchor building for the fast-growing H Street Corridor. There's plenty of markets, shops, restaurants and nightlife in the area and Anacostia Park and its accompanying river are an easy walk to the east.
Naturally, one of the major development components for the transit-friendly H Street Corridor is the D.C. Streetcar which will soon be running along H Street and Benning Road, north of Capitol Hill. Although often compared to the trolleys of old, the new red and white D.C. streetcars are a lot sleeker with three sections and a length of about 60 feet. Electric energy-efficient streetcars are coming into increased use in urban centers across the country. The rail tracks along the H Street Corridor were laid in 2011 through the Great Streets program, in anticipation of the eventual arrival of the District's first active streetcar since 1962. Major jurisdictions throughout the metropolitan area are planning for new transit options to integrate with the existing Metro, including streetcars, high-speed dedicated bus lanes and light rail. Streetcar use is also in advanced planning stages along the Columbia Pike in Arlington Virginia, and in Alexandria, connecting Potomac Yard and Crystal City. The District currently has three of the streetcars in storage with three more on order.
Andre Perez | District One Properties LLC | Realtor/Agent/Owner
1305 Leslie Ave, Alkexandria, VA 22301