Perhaps the third time will be the charm for the long-empty lot at 801 Virginia
, as in recent weeks the bureaucratic wheels have been turning on a new plan to put 22 condos and 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail in a four-story building on the southeast corner of 8th and Virginia.
Both Urban Turf
and Capitol Hill Corner
have reported on the plans by Northfield Development
, which include 16 one-bedroom units, three studios, and three two-bedroom units, along with 11 ground-floor parking spaces tucked in behind the ground floor. Both the parking entrance and the resident entrance will be on L Street.
Developers apparently told a supportive ANC 6B that they anticipate breaking ground in March 2016, making it a busy time for that stretch of Virginia, which is currently closed for the Virginia Avenue Tunnel reconstruction
In late October
the Historic Preservation Review Board found the plans
to be "generally compatible" with the Capitol Hill Historic District, though the developers are being asked to "refine the design so that it has more of the character of Capitol Hill, including a weightier base, an attention to details and materials, [...] and more substantial corners."
While for a few years the tunnel construction will be yet another hurdle (literally) to getting visitors at the main section of Barracks Row to cross under the freeway, the opening of Ziaafat Grill
as well as the arrivals Any Minute Now of Las Placitas
and the Brig
at 8th and L plus potential plans
by the National Community Church for the Blue Castle could perhaps be the first tugs southward that Lower Barracks Row has been looking for. We Shall See.
As for the condo lineup in the neighborhood, the list of potential projects is finally starting to grow, with PN Hoffman's 140-unit building at 4th and Tingey (Yards "Parcel O
") looking to be the first out of the gate with construction expected to start next year. The Jair Lynch Companies have said
that a portion of his project to fill in the Half Street Hole will be condos, and of course there's the possibility of a condo building
on Square 767 in the Capper redevelopment footprint. And 10 Van Street is being "contemplated
" as condos, as is the MRP building slated
for the Navy Yard Metro station Chiller Plant site at Half and L. It will be interesting to see what comes to fruition.... (If you are keeping track at home, the last [well, only] condo building to be built in the neighborhood was Velocity
, which opened in 2009
. The co-ops at Capitol Hill Tower
opened in 2006.)