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In The Works: Top 3 Developments Coming to U Street/Shaw

The Wren

A rendering of The Wren, the 433-unit Whole Foods-anchored project at 965 Florida Ave. NW.

Developers: MRP Realty, JBG Smith and Ellis Development

The highly anticipated, Whole Foods-anchored mixed-use development from MRP Realty, JBG Smith and Ellis Development broke ground at 965 Florida Ave. NW in November. The Wren comprises 433 units, 132 of which are affordable, above a 43K SF Whole Foods. The building will feature 343 parking spaces, a rooftop pool and a gym.

JBG Smith has a large Shaw portfolio and is attempting to redefine the neighborhood as a 24/7 destination with attractive retail, restaurants and housing options to complement its nightlife. The 290K SF development has LEED Silver aspirations and includes solar panels on its roof.

The Perla

A rendering of Four Points' development at 810 O St. NW in Shaw

Developer: Four Points

Construction of Four Points’ nine-story, 66-unit condo complex is underway at 810 O St. NW. The Gensler-designed building includes 7K SF of ground-floor retail and 68 parking spaces. It is expected to deliver late 2019.

The Perla is being built on the former site of the Scripture Cathedral Church. The congregation, taking advantage of rising property values, has relocated to Landover, Maryland, and used the $13M developers paid for a new facility.

Holzbeierlein Bakery

A rendering of the planned mixed-use building at 1827 Wiltberger St. NW

Developer: Old City Development Group

Old City Development Group purchased the historic Holzbeierlein Bakery at 1812-1827 Wiltberger St. NW for $660K in 2002, and plans to redevelop the building with 56K SF in a mix of uses. The project comprises 12K SF of ground-floor retail, 29K SF of office on floors two and three and nine residential units on the fourth and penthouse floors, with nine parking spaces for residents.

The Historic Preservation Review Board approved the PGN Architects-designed building a year ago. Old City reportedly collaborated with preservation officials on the adaptive reuse project to maintain the character of the building and receive the requisite approvals.