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Developer William C. Smith is announcing today that the apartment project we've been referring to as 880 New Jersey will be called the Park Chelsea, and is expected to get underway sometime during the second quarter of this year. And there's even a rendering now, and an official web site.
As I reported a few months ago, it will be 13 stories, with 433 units, which I understand will be broken down as 58 studios (about 466 avg sq ft), 281 one-bedrooms (606-738 sq ft), 92 two-bedrooms (1094 sq ft), and 2 three-bedrooms (1788 sq ft). There will be a courtyard garden, club room, gym, pilates/yoga studio, Jacuzzi, and 75-foot indoor lap pool on the ground floor. Then, up on the roof there will be a second pool along with the now-ubiquitous lounging/grilling area, as well as a "community garden" and dog exercise area. There will also be 1,500 square feet of "convenience" retail space on the ground floor, and three levels of underground parking. (They previously mentioned to me a bicycle entrance to a sizeable storage room separate from the car parking areas--I'm assuming that's still part of the plans, but I haven't confirmed.)
It's easy to notice that site clearing that has begun along New Jersey--this is the start of the pre-construction infrastructure work that Smith needs to do in order to relocate some very very deep pipes beneath the block. The company also tells me that they expect DPW to be moving out of their site just to the south of 880 New Jersey about a month from now, which can begin the chain reaction of getting the old trash transfer building demolished so that lots can be split and land transferred along the to-be-built I Street axis. Vertical construction on 880 NJ can't begin until all of that happens, so that will be a pretty easy-to-watch guide to when real work on the new apartment building can begin.
Once started, construction should take about two years.
This is the first phase of Smith's plans for Square 737, seen at right back in 2008. Originally the company had planned two residential buildings and two office buildings, but now they're looking toward filling the block with apartments, totalling around 1,200 units in four buildings. (And note that the entire four-building project is "matter of right," so there will be no zoning reviews or PUDs.) It's anticipated that there will be greater amounts of retail in the two buildings that will front 2nd Street, near Canal Park and across from 225 Virginia.
If you want to see more photos of Square 737 and get additional background, check my project page and previous posts.
While this will be William C. Smith's first apartment project in Near Southeast, they have been working in the neighborhood for a number of years, and literally working here since 2004 (when they opened 1100 New Jersey Avenue and moved their offices there). They have also been a big player in the creation of Canal Park, and are part of the Capper PUD team as the developers of the planned 250 M Street office building.
UPDATE: Lydia DePillis writes about the building's architecture at City Paper, and WBJ has a piece on the project for subscribers. And it gets a mention in WaPo's Capital Business section.
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thedofc says: (1/12/12 10:52 PM)
If you click "View Gallery" on their website, the signage comes up as "Parc Chelsea."


JD says: (1/12/12 10:54 PM)
Yeah, I saw that. Guess they chickened out at the last minute. :-)


F says: (1/12/12 11:00 PM)
Mr. Smith,

Please bring us WHOLE FOODS. I promise to do all my shopping there.


kate.d. says: (1/13/12 9:32 AM)
On one hand I'm glad for the development, but on the other, I'm wondering how much of my Capitol view I'll lose in my upper-floor apt at CHT! I knew this day would come, but still, I will miss it when it's gone!


JD says: (1/13/12 9:37 AM)
Plus, even if you weren't going to lose the view with Park Chelsea, you would be losing it with the apartment building that eventually gets built on the trash transfer site.... All good things, etc. etc.


GaryRKarr says: (1/15/12 11:49 AM)
I would imagine that quite a number of Capitol and Washington Monument views enjoyed by Capitol Quarter homeowners on their loft terraces will also be ended by this building. EYA has been fairly good in sales about telling people they are "not selling the view."


rkrughoff says: (1/15/12 2:18 PM)
Does anyone know who owns, or what the plans are for, the land immediately west of NJ Ave, just south of the CSX tracks, behind the building on I Street? That is a substantial piece of land--noisy from the freeway and trains, but possibly not otherwise planned for. With the substantial population increase that will come with the Park Chelsea, it makes sense to look for open spaces that might be available long-term for public use.


JD says: (1/15/12 2:34 PM)
CSX owns almost all of the property east of the coal plant operations and west of New Jersey, except for the 70/100 I lots and the tiny lot at New Jersey and I that's a parking lot. (See the lot marked 817 on this map: link )



rkrughoff says: (1/15/12 11:03 PM)
Vacant land west of NJ Ave immediately south of the freeway. Seems that as we are talking with CSX and the city about what can be done to mitigate the pain from the tunnel project--and they have promised to do quite a bit--we should have on the table the plot of land that CSX apparently owns immediately west of NJ Ave between the railroad tracks and the apartment buildings. It is a substantial, if noisy, piece of land that might have no currently planned use. I notice other comments on this NJ Ave area at link Maybe we could put together a little group to explore options. If anyone else is interested, please post here.

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