Major Condo/Retail Project Coming to NY Pizza Site On PA Avenue, SE
Edmonds School Developer CAS Reigler Wins Bid for Mixed Use Project
by Larry Janezich
CAS Riegler, the developer of the Edmonds School Project, has won the bid to redevelop the 22,000 square foot residential/retail site at 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. Plans are in a very preliminary stage, but the site will roughly accommodate up to 80 apartments/condos and 15,000 square feet of retail. The site is across Pennsylvania Avenue from Potomac Metro stop and the Harris Teeter at the Pennsylvania-Potomac Avenue intersection. Last night, ANC6B’s Transportation Committee met with DDOT officials to view the latest design concepts for the redesign of the intersection (about which, more later).
CAS Riegler representatives met with the Office of Planning yesterday to discuss the concept. According to Robin Bettarel, CAS Riegler’s Director of Development, OP expressed support for family sized units. Much of recent residential construction on Capitol Hill has focused on smaller units.
A decision has not yet been made whether to build within the current 50 foot height limit or to seek a PUD which would allow greater height – up to 90 feet, though Bettarel was quick to point out, that height would never be approved for that location.
Bettarel says that it’s too early to discuss a specific time line, but she hopes to reach out to ANC6B and neighbors in the “next couple of months.” The design phase is expected to take some six months, meaning that ground breaking could be a “couple of years out.”
Bettarel said, “This project is an opportunity to create a neighborhood asset and help spur further development of that area, which is already a great neighborhood.”
CAS Riegler recently developed the former Edmonds School in northeast Capitol Hill into condo units ranging from 500 square foot one bedroom apartments to 1700 square foot lofted three bedroom units. The Edmonds project also included three 3500 square foot townhouses. See CHC posting here: http://bit.ly/1AuqCe2 Last year, the company developed a 38-unit luxury condominium building at 1101 Rhode Island Ave. NW in the Logan Circle neighborhood.