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Valor Development’s On a Roll, Plans 66 Units in Shaw

The P Street Residences, they're called.

Valor Development has been banging out projects left and right over the past year, with new things underway and planned in Tenleytown, Logan Circle, Columbia Heights, and Capitol Hill. Now, it's hoping to add Shaw to the list, with a proposal for 66 condos on P Street NW between 7th and Marion Streets, on what's now an empty lot.

The 50-foot-tall building is designed by PGN Architects—also working with Valor on the Maia off H Street NE–and will have retail on the ground floor facing 7th Street. Residential units are small, ranging between 510 and 853 square feet.

It's not a done deal yet, though. One of the two parcels comprising the site still belongs to the District, numbering among several that went through the Redevelopment Land Agency ringer (some, like Progression Place, have since been sold and redeveloped, while others, like Parcel 42 at 7th and Rhode Island Avenue NW, are still waiting). Advisory Neighborhood Commission chairman Alex Padro helpfully provided this capsule history of that piece, which sits on 7th Street:

Formerly the site of the Thyssen house, which was for some time a hotel where farmers from rural Maryland bringing their produce to the Center Market would overnight. In the 20th Century, it was the home of the black Salvation Army, which was the building's use when it was burned down in the April 1968 riots.

It was a pocket park for a while, with shaded picnic benches. A concrete water fountain is still visible on the 7th Street side. There as an unsolicited proposal in the past decade that did not result in any action, and a few years ago, a proposal to include the parcel in a redevelopment of the east side of the 1500 block of 7th Street, to include offices for Torti Gallas architects, but Bread for the City needed to move forward with their expansion plans faster than the proposal would have yielded them the needed space. The site is now home to Clark Construction's trailers for CityMarket at O, though I'm sure Roadside's right of entry could be terminated if there was imminent development.

Here are the plans so far, which will be presented at an ANC 2C meeting tomorrow. I've got a call in to Valor, and will update if I learn more.

  • BC

    Exciting for Shaw...hopefully the city will be cooperative in transitioning the small plot of land to a developer that wants to do something worthwhile for the 'hood. Please keep us up to date on this project and the Jefferson Apt/Kelsey Gardens demolition...appears to be work being done inside the buildings now hopefully in preparation for razing.

  • http://twitter.com/tonytgoodman Tony

    PGN & Valor are also working together on 300 L Street NE in NoMa/Near Northeast. 49 apartments + retail delivering Spring 2013. So far they have been very responsive to the community, and this should be a great addition to the neighborhood.

  • Thayer-D

    Nice looking, at least not another glass grid. I'm going to guess there'll be some water leakage issues in 5-10 years but the scale and rythem seems in keeping with Shaw.

  • Hiphopannoymous

    Speak for yourself, Tony. Valor is a terrible vacant lot owner. 300 L St NE is covered with broken bottles and trash.

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  • http://www.valordev.com Joe Bous


    Thank you so much for notifying us of the bottles and trash. We apologize to you as well as other neighbors for allowing this to accumulate. We contract with a service that is supposed to make sure that this does not happen. Needless to say they did not follow through. We have dispatched someone from our staff to go clean the site early this morning and we have a call into the owner of the service that was supposed to be handling for us. Again, our apologies and PLEASE do not hesitate to reach out to us directly if the site needs any attention.

    Joe Bous

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