Massive 1.1M Sq. Ft. Project Planned in NoMa by Gallaudet, JBG
A massive new development is being planned along 6th Street NE by Gallaudet University and Washington, D.C.-based developer The JBG Companies that will bring an additional 1.1 million-square-feet or residential, retail, office, and university support space to the area. The four-phase project will redevelop four parcels of land adjacent to Gallaudet University and Union Market, spanning a total 273,514-square-feet of land area. The first stage will construct 1,800 residential units, 134,830-square-feet of retail, and 63,000-square-feet of office. With designs by architect Morris Adjmi, the project will also include affordable housing for those making less than 80 percent of area median income. There are also plans to connect each of the pedestrian spaces and roadways by DeafSpace principles, which will increase awareness of drivers and pedestrians to each other’s presence. For the university and the developer to begin construction, they will need approval to rezone Parcels 1 and 2 from C-M-1 to C-3-A and rezone Parcels 3 and 4 from C-M-1 to C-3-C. In Parcels 1 and 2, there will be an international design competition launched fall of 2015 to create a new Gateway Plaza with a visitors’ pavilion, landmark building, and green spaces. The four finalists for this competition are London- and Belfast-based Hall McKnight Architects, Boston-based Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Ltd., New York City-based Marvel Architects, and Boston-based MASS Design Group. The Planned Unit Development, filed as “6th Street Development Project” with the Zoning Commission offers two schemes, each laying out differing plans for how much square footage will be designated for residential, office, retail, and university purposes as well as how many parking spots will be allocated to each parcel of land. Below, you’ll be able to see more renderings, illustrations, and information proposed for each parcel of land.
Before breaking down the plans for each parcel of land, first take a look at how the big picture will look:
↑ A closer look at where the four parcels with the planned redevelopment are located.
↑ Above, you can see where the proposed new buildings (purple), sidewalks (light green and dark orange), and plazas (black boxes with crosshatching) will be located besides Gallaudet University.
↑ A closer look at where the proposed plazas, streetscapes, campus promenade, “Gateway Plaza,” and “green fingers,” will be located.
↑ Along with conceptual images, you can see what the proposed arcade may look like.
↑ Along with conceptual images, you can see what the proposed streetscapes may look like.
↑ Along with conceptual images, you can see what the proposed campus plazas may look like.
↑ Along with conceptual images, you can see what the proposed campus promenade may look like.
↑ For those wondering how this redevelopment might affect traffic, you can see where the proposed (dashed) roads, sidewalks, and bus routes will be located along 5th, 6th, and Penn streets NE and Florida Avenue NE in relation to the already existing roads and bus routes.
Parcel 1 is located in the northeast corner of 6th Street NE and Florida Avenue NE at the western edge of the Gallaudet campus. The site currently houses the Appleby Building, which houses the university’s transportation facilities. There are plans for a gateway plaza that will link the university and the community.
Gross Square Footage: 160,260
Residential: 38,890-square-feet, 52 units
Parking Spots: 135 total
Gross Square Footage: 155,580
Parking Spots: 133 total
Parcel 2 is located south of Parcel 1 with the Gallaudet campus to its east. The site currently houses a 290-space, above-grade parking garage used by the university. There are plans for landscaping that will provide a visual link between Union Market and the university.
Gross Square Footage: 122,085
Residential: 100,190-square-feet, 133 units
Parking Spots: 99 total
Gross Square Footage: 121,875
Residential: 100,190-square-feet, 80 units
Parking Spots: 99 total
Parcel 3 is located east of 5th Street NE, north of Morse Street NE, west of 6th Street NE, and south of Neal Place NE. The site currently houses a surface parking lot that is used for those who frequent Union Market. This parcel will have an open-air market on its ground floor.
Gross Square Footage: 679,750
Residential: 625,300-square-feet, 883 units
Parking Spots: 52 total
Gross Square Footage: 656,010
Residential: 421,020-square-feet, 594 units
Parking Spots: 443 total
Parcel 4 is located east of 5th Street NE, west of 6th Street NE, and south of Penn Street NE. The site currently houses low-scale industrial warehouses.
Gross Square Footage: 586,300
Residential: 534,560-square-feet, 755 units
Parking Spots: 52 total
Gross Square Footage: 555,950
Residential: 322,440-square-feet, 455 units
Parking Spots: 395 total
Take a closer look at Schemes A & B below:
↑ Scheme A
↑ Scheme B
Here, some streetscape renderings for the project:
↑ Sixth Street NE
↑ Fifth Street NE
↑ Morse Street NE
↑ Florida Avenue NE
For those wondering about what DeafSpace will entail, see below: