Major Residential/Retail Project Coming to Lower Barracks Row
By Larry Janezich
The long-awaited development of lower 8th Street, SE, moved a large step forward Tuesday night, with the announcement of a four story mixed use residential/retail project planned for the NW corner of the Virginia Avenue/8th Street intersection, on lower Barracks Row. The site is currently a parking lot, notable for the large mural promoting local shopping which overlooks it.
Alon Street, partner at Northfield Development, appeared before ANC6B’s Planning and Zoning Committee – chaired by Commissioner Nick Burger – seeking the committee’s endorsement of the developer’s Historical Preservation Application for the concept. Peter Fillet Architects is designing the project.
The project will comprise 22 condos on three floors and a penthouse level with the first floor primarily devoted to retail. The developers envision the retail connecting Barracks Row with the Navy Yard, and their current thinking is that a local restaurant (perhaps one currently residing on Barracks Row) will occupy the NW corner of 8th and Virginia Avenue.
The typical floor plan will have about seven units with bay windows. Developers plan 3 two bedroom units, 3 studio units, and 16 one bedroom units “geared for the affluent customer” according to Peter Sands, VP of Northfield Development. The plan includes four penthouse units with individual terraces. The building will be built as a matter of right – meaning no zoning adjustments and thus no PUD will be necessary. There will be 11 ground level parking spaces – required by city regulations for the project. The project will front on three streets: 8th street, Virginia Avenue, and L Street.
The developers anticipate breaking ground next March, and assert an aggressive 12 – 16 month construction timeline.
The committee voted to forward the historic preservation application to the full ANC6B’s consent calendar by a vote of 10 – 0. The full ANC6B meets next on October 13, at 7:00pm in Hill Center.