Housing Complex

Big New Apartment Project Headed For Hill East

Street view. (PGN Architects)

Another old apartment project is coming off the shelf! Bisnow reports that a partnership of local developer JBG and national real estate investor the Tritec Group want to break ground by the end of the year on a 141-unit apartment building at 1705-1729 East Capitol Street SE, right across from the newly-renovated Eastern High School.

Plans have been in the world since 2006 for the site, where decrepit apartment buildings were razed a few years ago. The Zoning Commission approved a planned unit development for higher-density residential zoning in 2007, which was amended and extended in later years. According to DCMud, the original developer bought the property for $9 million and sold to the Merion Group for $6.2 million at the end of 2007.

The zoning order for "Kennedy Row" indicates that there will be no ground floor retail. It also includes goodies for local groups, like $500 in landscaping services for all households on the north side of A Street between 17th and 18th Street SE, $15,000 in improvements for each of two neighboring multifamily residential buildings, $25,000 in improvements for either Eastern High School or Eliot Jr. High, and more.

  • Blah

    Cheers for density near the Stadium-Armory metro.
    Jeers for not including ANY retail.

  • RT

    Should have had to include retail. That neighborhood is begging for it. There's very very little.

  • Hillman

    Agreed on the retail. Seems like a prime spot for retail.

  • m

    Not only no retail, but that's as ugly as sin. Why didn't they keep the beautiful facade of the old building and then build up like in Chinatown/Penn Quarter...

  • hilleast

    Cheers for no retail and respecting residential zoning and current residents. You can't place a high enough value on being neighborly.

  • oboe

    "Cheers for no retail and respecting residential zoning and current residents. You can't place a high enough value on being neighborly."

    Have you considered moving to a cul-de-sac in Reston?

  • Serious shopper

    Another cheer for no retail! It would be a horrible place for it across from the high school...and what could be supported ther? I feel like a convenience type shop is about all that might go in, and that type if retail store could lure kids out of school or become a teen hangout/ place to loiter That's not what this neighborhood needs either!