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Capitol Riverfront Apartments Win Big At Delta's Multifamily Awards

Delta Associates Justin Donaldson

Delta Associates held its 20th annual multifamily awards Wednesday morning and Forest City's Arris received the honor for best apartment community in the Washington/Baltimore region.

Arris, a 327-unit component of the Capitol Riverfront megaproject The Yards, opened this spring. 

WC Smith's Park Chelsea, a 429-unit Capitol Riverfront building that opened in April, received the award for best lease-up pace for a DC apartment community. 

Saul Centers' Park Van Ness, a 271-unit building on Connecticut Avenue NW, received the award for best high-rise apartment community. Delta Associates' Justin Donaldson, above, presented the awards. 

Delta Associates Will Rich
Delta Associates President Will Rich at an event in 2016

Delta Associates multifamily practice director Will Rich presented a detailed report on the DC and Baltimore areas' multifamily markets. He discussed the surplus of new supply coming onto the market, which caused vacancy in the District to rise to 4.1% for Q3 and caused mid- and high-rise apartment rents to tick down.

But he noted that while some submarkets are experiencing a supply surge, others, especially in NoVa and suburban Maryland, that could be considered supply-constrained.

"This suggests that there are still development opportunities in the Metro area despite the overall market procession of oversupply," Will said. 

He also alleviated concerns about oversupply by suggesting developers take a look at the long-term pipeline.  

"Although there is an oversupply right now, there is a misconception that this will be long-lasting," Will said. "Developers can time new projects to deliver in the 2019- 2020 time frame when the current surplus of oncoming supply has been absorbed."

Delta Associates awards speakers

The event also featured comments from several others, who all posed for a picture afterward. From left: Transwestern’s Robin Williams, Keith Foery and Dean Sigmon, M&T Realty Capital Corp managing director Robert Kaplan, Delta Associates CEO David Weisel, Aronson real estate director Chris Vasquez, Will and Justin. 

Several other awards were handed out during the event, including:

Best Washington/Baltimore mid-rise apartment community: Rushmark Properties' West Broad Residences in Falls Church

Best Washington/Baltimore low-rise apartment community: MAA's Station Square at Cosner's Corner in Fredericksburg

Best Washington Baltimore Adaptive Re-use Apartment Community: Douglas Development's Hecht Warehouse in Ivy City

Best Washington/Baltimore Interior Design Apartment Community: The JBG Cos' Notch 8 in Alexandria (designed by RD Jones & Associates)