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In The Works: Top 3 Developments Coming To U Street And H Street

Sherman Avenue Apartments

Rendering of Sherman Avenue Apartments

Developers: Howard University, RISE and CBG

One block from the 9:30 Club at 907 Barry Place NW, developers Howard University, RISE and CBG are partnering to introduce 319 apartments and 11,500 SF of retail to the U Street Corridor. A portion of the Niles Bolton Associates-designed units will be reserved for Howard professors and university affiliates, and approximately 10% will be affordable.

The mixed-use complex will include an elevated interior courtyard, a pool, a clubhouse, a fitness studio, a yoga room, a clubroom, a business center, a green roof and a hydroponic room on the sky terrace.

Grimke School Redevelopment

Grimke School

Developers: Community Three Development and CulturalDC

Community Three Development and CulturalDC are partnering to redevelop Grimke School with 4K SF of retail and 50 residential units, 60% of which will be affordable.

They will renovate the existing Grimke school at 1923 Vermont Ave. NW, repurposing it for architecture firm Torti Gallas, a new 10K SF African American Civil War Museum and a 5K SF space for CulturalDC, a nonprofit serving 1,000 artists and art groups. A 2014 $35M plan spearheaded by Roadside Development was abandoned due to financing issues and two years of inactivity. It would have brought Step Afrika!, CityDance, Imagination Stage and Dance USA to U Street.

1300 H St. NE

Rendering of the 33-unit mixed-use community arriving at 1300 H St. NE

Developers: Fundrise, the H Street Community Development Corp. and Insight Property Group

A raze notice was posted on the former R.L. Christian Library at 1300 H St. NE last month, signaling that Fundrise, the HSCDC and Insight are finally moving forward with demolition. The planned mixed-use building at the former site of the Capital Fringe’s Main Festival Box Office will be four stories with a mix of 36 affordable and market-rate residential units above 6,600 SF of ground-floor retail.

The plan provides for 27 bicycle and eight car parking spaces, significantly less than the current zoning law requires. Despite this, the plan gained approval, championed by commissioners attempting to encourage public transit use.