if you aren't prepared to see the big bold plans for what is coming to those massive parking lots and warehouses along and behind MLK Avenue, you might want to click the Back button now. What you are about to see is will completely transform the look, feel, and life of downtown Anacostia as we know it.
these plans (Click Here for description) by Four Points LLC and the Curtis Companies are from their PUD application, which is available for public viewing at the department of zoning. The developers are seeking approval for approximately 855,000 square feet of offices, 500 residential units, 165,000 square feet of retail, an eight- to 10-screen movie theater, and a grocery store.
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aerial of site, Now:
aerial of site, Future:
notice the realligned V Street!
general building uses:
At present, the development is planned to happen in two phases. The first phase includes everything south of W Street, and the second phase will involve everything north of W, including the demolition of the existing Anacostia Professional Buildings.
Note: architectural drawings are conceptual, and the final designs for each building will likely be shopped out to separate architects after zoning approval.
corner of MLK and Chicago Street:
and in its place, residential over retail:
just south of MLK & W now:
and in a few years, offices over retail:
the same location, but looking south from W Street:
between Shannon Place and Railroad Ave, from W:
and in the future, offices over retail:
this building is the proposed location of a grocery store, which would likely be on two levels
same location, but from Railroad Ave looking east:
unfortunately it is physically impossible to stand far enough back for some of these shots to be completely accurate
corner of Railroad Ave and public alley just before Chicago Street:
planned for residential over parking and retail:
current view from Shannon Place, looking east:
future, all-residential building:
this warehouse, now home of the MPD's Evidence Warehouse:
redeveloped into office space:
from Chicago Street looking north:
new townhouses will be located on an alley just behind those houses:
And some interesting perspective renderings...
looking down MLK from intersection with Pleasant St:
and looking down W Street from MLK:
the same view, Future:
notice the relocated Big Chair
The project has been submitted to zoning, where the general concept is awaiting approval. Clearly this is a huge undertaking, and I will stay on top of any and all public meetings or opportunities for comment as this moves forward.