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Four-Teams Shortlisted to Develop 5th and I NW Lot

This lot is set for redevelopment.

This lot is set for redevelopment.

One of four teams will soon have the opportunity to develop a rarity in the District: a vacant lot in the heart of the city.

Yesterday, the city announced a shortlist of four teams of developers to build a mixed-use complex on a city-owned piece of land in Mount Vernon Triangle at the corner of 5th and I streets NW, currently used as a surface parking lot. The city is seeking a project that will include condos or apartments and retail, with an affordable housing component. It also wants "a transit oriented development that reflects the project's adjacency to multiple Metro Stations," according to the solicitation to developers.

The parcel is small for a mixed-use development, at just over 20,000 square feet. But it has an increasingly valuable location, just off Massachusetts Avenue and a block from the main intersection of booming Mount Vernon Triangle, which has grown from a crime-ridden patchwork of surface parking lots to a dense residential neighborhood in a matter of years. It's also a short walk from Chinatown and downtown.

Responses from developers were due by July 19. The city hoped to name a shortlist by late summer, to have the selected developers present their plans to the community this fall, to receive final offers and proposals from the developers subsequently, and to select a team in the late fall. Given that the short list was just announced yesterday, the city appears to be behind schedule.

Here are the four teams short-listed for the project, all of which have partners with extensive experience in big D.C. developments:

·         Akridge, Jefferson Apartment Group, Jarvis Company, Escoff and Associates

·         JBG, Moddie Turay Company, Morris Adjmi Architects, Eric Colbert and Associates

·         Trammell Crow, CSG Urban partners, Leo A Daly

·         Peebles Corporation, Walker Group, WDG Architects

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  • Colin

    Not apparent to me why the city just doesn't auction this off to the highest bidder, who will presumably put this to its most economically productive function.

  • Typical DC BS

    @Colin - because if it was auctioned, there would be no opportunity for DC bureaucrats/politicians to line their pockets, influence what is built to satisfy some backer of theirs and be able to claim any credit for what gets built.

  • jorge

    @ Colin maybe they're shooting for more than just economically productive. For example, people want park space and affordable housing.

  • noodlez

    YO WIENERSNITCHEL YOU FORGOT THE HOME TEAM OF THE "6TH AND I TRIANGLE GROUP OF 211 STEEL RESERVE, VELICOFF, SHOPPING CART ASSOCIATES".

    I'M SURE THEY WOULD LOVE TO BE ON THE SHORT LIST OF BEGGERS. OHHHH I MEAN BIDDERS!

  • Carole Jacobs

    One can only hope -- given the ongoing debacle of FOIA suits over DMPED decisions about the redevelopment of the Hine Jr. High site -- that the ultimate decision on the developer will be explicitly justified and the merits of the development from the perspective of the citizenry will be made clear.

  • markus

    "a rarity in the District: a vacant lot in the heart of the city."

    Except for the six within one block of this location? all filled with open air parking - and that's not counting the open air parking lot at the police station..

  • JS

    Jorge -

    There's a green triangle park across the street from this parcel. There's absolutely no reason any of this space should be wasted as parkland when the demand for housing and retail options is so high.

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