Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Updated renderings of proposed Congress Heights metro development

Draft rendering of development of the Congress Heights Metro Station.
View of 13th and Alabama Avenue SE
(photo courtesy of CityPartners DC)
One of the great things about writing Congress Heights on the Rise is that through my blog posts I am able to share my enthusiasm for community projects. Sometimes the 'powers that be' read those posts and are able to provide me with updates I can share here on the blog.

CityPartners DC and Sanford Capital, the development team working on the project at the Congress Heights Metro station read my recent post where I expressed excitement about their plans to redevelop the land surrounding the Congress Heights Metro. They were kind enough to reach out to me and provide me with some updated project renderings of the current progress. They also invited me to share any questions I may have on the project -- so if you have any questions feel free to include them in the 'Comments' section and I will pass them along.

Please note: As the design process evolves and is shaped by community feedback and project requirements the renderings themselves will likely change. The renderings that I am posting today reflect the progress so far.  Please keep that in mind when viewing these renderings. These are likely not the final plans but they will hopefully give you something positive to look forward to as the project develops.

Again, a big "thanks" to CityPartners DC and Sanford Capital for providing the current project renderings and for being so open about the community engagement process. This is what having an effective dialogue is all about --- working together. I look forward to sharing more updates in the future.

Draft rending of Congress Heights metro plaza
(photo courtesy of CityPartners DC)

Draft rendering of 13th Street SE storefront
(photo courtesy of CityPartners DC)

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Sam McLemore said...

I think this is excellent news for those impacted by and benefitting from the Congress Heights Metro station. Of course, the details and fine print will tell the whole story, but I can't see how this is not an awesome development for the area. With respect to question(s), is there a final determination as to what the redevelopment mix will be re: housing, retail, office, etc.? I'm just wondering if the updated designs are commensurate with updated "specs", etc.

As a Congress Heights Metro user in neighboring Bellevue, I posted an item about it on the blog back in June, but many thanks to CHotR for providing the updated renderings! Keep up the great work!

s | m

Alan Page said...

Oh, I have several questions! Has any of the office space been leased? Is the GSA or DC government interested in relocating any agencies there? What retailers have signed letters of interest, if any, in leasing space in the development? How much public parking will there be for those who choose to drive to this development as a retail (or job) destination (yes, I know we encourage public transportation use first and other alternatives like biking)?

202_cyclist said...

The buildings look decent enough and it is good that there will be development next to the metro staiton but Congress Heights (like Georgia Ave, Friendship Heights, and Van Ness) are prime locations for taller buildings if the federal Height Act restrictions are relaxed.

Okomfo Akosua Nwotwewaa said...

I'm open to the idea of more development in Congress Heights. I just hope there is way to keep affordable, decent housing in the city for the most vulnerable in our community. SE has the highest number of children under age 5 in the city and also the highest child poverty rates in the country. Many of those children live in those buildings surrounding the metro. Who is advocating for their right to decent and affordable housing, good quality education and access to high quality, affordable healthy food? I think about how these development will impact their families. And wonder how the most vulnerable can be protected in this push for change and development?

The Advoc8te said...

I hear what you are saying but honestly, Ward 8 I operating from such an economic defecit both in terms of housing and businessss those concerns are a LONG and I mean LOOOOONG way off.

If we want to create well paying jobs we have to have quality and diverse businesses and in order to do that you have to have a consumer class that can support those things.

The answer is not keeping the economic bar so low hat there are always "ghettos" in which to crowd poor people. The answer is providing an economic path out on overt for those who want it because regardless of how not PC it is, not everyone is going to be "saved" not do they want to be.

And on that note and in true "gentrifier" fashion (it's time for my massage). ;)

The Advoc8te said...

Sorry for the typos --commenting via my iPhone. :)

Old Crow said...

I'm fine with sharing my comments directly with the folks putting this together. Do you have a contact email for them?

And thanks for posting these renderings. Your blog is an important source for me of goings-on in our area, and I appreciate the work you put into it.

I'm a little disturbed at your closing comment about saving or not saving people and who wants to be saved, etc. As someone who crossed the river because I was priced out of my growing-up neighborhood, 14th Street, just as the amenities were coming in, I think the question of community development vs. community displacement is an important one, and maybe our community has a chance to do something different that will benefit our children. As someone who grew up poor, I don't see such concern as PC; I see it as a long historical struggle that remains pressing on the eve of the March on Washington commemoration. I don't think you are indifferent to these issues; I just was taken aback at the tone.