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Donatelli, Blue Skye Submit Plans For Hill East Transit-Oriented Development


Donatelli Development and Blue Skye Construction have submitted plans for a transit-oriented development in Hill East.

Plans include replacing a surface parking lot with two mixed-use buildings that will have frontage on 19th Street SE, Burke Street, C Street and Massachusetts Avenue. The two buildings will total about 390k SF and feature a mix of residential and retail.

Plans for Building 1 call for 21k SF of retail and 253 units, while the second building will include 12k SF of retail and 91 units, with 30% of the units tagged as affordable housing as per District requirements, the Washington Business Journal reports. GTM Architects has been tasked with design for the project, with Bradley Site Design also on board as the landscape architect.

Donatelli and Blue Skye were awarded the rights for the two sites, which are part of the District’s Reservation 13, in September 2013. The District was seeking a master developer willing to take on the full 67-acre Reservation 13 at one time, but those plans were scrapped and scaled back to allow for smaller parcels to be acquired.

The project is now in the hands of the Zoning Commission for review and could lead to further interest from developers for Hill East, an area in need of additional retail and residential development. [WBJ]