Friday, November 13, 2009

Let the MLK transformation begin!

the blog DC Metrocentric totally scooped me on this, but there is a great new building under construction at 2345 MLK Ave, about a block from the Anacostia metro station.


looking north on MLK Ave


inside one of the uber-chic residential units

The building will be completely mixed use: retail on the ground floor, with medical offices and residences above. Obviously this building is not in the historic district, but it looks like it will be a really cool addition to the neighborhood. I love it when developers don't skimp on architecture, and this design by Boston's Höweler + Yoon is pretty stunning.

It's projects like this that are going to lift Anacostia. Big cheer.

Click Here to see some of architect Eric Höweler's photos of the site preparation earlier this week

9 comments:

M.Wanzer said...

Any idea what there estimated date of completion is?

poo poo said...

wow.wow.wow.

this is awesome!

seriously.

you can expect much more as the economy improves....

selophane said...

I'm glad to see that contemporary architecture is being considered inside the district, especially something that is distinct and interesting. The only issue I have is that it is a little out of place in that street context, what with the set back parking lot next door. But hopefully, with a little more urbanization it will help define a street edge for this neighborhood.

Of course, i have to wonder why a local firm was not selected.

The Advoc8te said...

I friggin love it!!! I would move there in a hot minute! Wow - it is right up my alley!

Anonymous said...

Wow...I dig it to. We need to decide if we want to expand the historic district or not. this might be a neat building, but maybe the next one will look like the piece of crap at the foot of W and 15th street.

RuninDC said...

Super. This is unbelievable.

Henri said...

Sweet. Cant wait

Anonymous said...

The Exterior is cool.

But, the interior residential is awful. I would not want to eat my wheaties in what looks like a CSI pathology lab. Blech.

But, I'm sure that's easy to change later, anyway.

DC Debutante said...

nice!