Douglas Development

Can You Keep Up with Shaw?

The little neighborhood of Shaw is jam-packed with growth. As if the opening of the gigantic City Market at O mixed-use complex (complete with one of the largest Giant stores I’ve ever seen), the neighborhood’s recent explosion of new restaurants, and the huge Marriott Marquis that’s about to deliver at the corner of 9th and Mass Ave weren’t enough, here’s a look at some of the other projects planned for the area:

Douglas Development’s mixed-use project at 7th & NY Ave 

A rendering of the planned Douglas office building.
A rendering of the planned Douglas office building


125 Residences in Blagden Alley (This one kind of bums me out, as I think Blagden Alley is one of the most interesting and charming little streets left in DC. The idea of it being filled with shiny new construction depresses me. Even though the rendering below makes it look like they’re going to try hard to maintain the original feel, unless they’re actually preserving the original facades, I don’t see how that can happen.)
Design by Cooper Carry and tvs design.

Mixed-use Residential + Retail Building at 1336 8th St. NW


 Image via Google Maps

H Street Update: Big Things Coming!

Douglas Development released some updates on their big plans for H Street, and Urban Turf has the info:


H Street Project Could Break Ground in a Year, Offer Large Apartments

Rendering of 501 H Street NE.

Douglas Development is moving forward with plans for a mixed-use project at 501 H Street NE (map) and hopes to break ground in the first quarter of 2015.

“If I broke ground in 12 months, I’d be very happy,” said Douglas’ Paul Millstein on Wednesday prior to presenting the project to the ANC 6C planning and zoning committee meeting. Millstein added that the project would take roughly 12 months to build, putting its delivery in the first quarter of 2016.

Douglas is proceeding with a Planned Unit Development (PUD) request for the Zoning Commission, which generally gives developers more zoning flexibility in designing mixed-use projects.

The original plan for the development called for 32 units, but that number could be reduced to make room for a few bigger apartments in the building. In talking with some of the project’s neighbors at community meetings, Millstein said, “quite a few families up in the Capitol Hill area want to stay in the city, aren’t ready to buy a home, need two-bedrooms or three-bedrooms, and there’s not that much product.”

The finished product will also include three floors of retail: one below-grade, another at ground level and a third above-grade. Together, the space will comprise 28,000 square feet, which Millstein said will be structured in as flexible a way as possible — meaning several tenants may ultimately end up in the building. Douglas had previously floated something “like” a Crate & Barrel or a Forever 21 for the space, but Millstein clarified on Wednesday that the developers are really just seeking tenants comfortable with multi-level layouts.

Big Changes Coming to Shaw

As if Shaw hasn’t already seen enough huge changes – what with the opening of City Market at O and the huge influx of new restaurants – Douglas Development has announced that they will be building a giant office + retail building at the corner of 7th and NY Ave. And in order to do so, they will be kicking out most of the block’s current tenants, which include the popular Hogo and Passenger bars. The displaced tenants could possibly return to the block by moving into one of the retail spaces once the new building is completed, but I suspect that they will have moved on to greener pastures by then. Here’s the full story from the Washington City Paper:

The Passenger, Other 7th Street Retailers Likely to Be Forced Out by May

Posted by Aaron Wiener on Dec. 31, 2013 at 3:12 pm

A rendering of the planned Douglas office building.

A rendering of the planned Douglas office building

A popular cluster of bars, restaurants, and other retailers on 7th Street NW is likely to shut down by May to make way for a coming development project.

Douglas Development is planning a big office building at the corner of 7th Street and New York Avenue that will require the 7th Street retailers to vacate the site during construction. Those retailers include the bar The Passenger and the restaurant Hogo.

Douglas’ Paul Millstein says some of the retailers have already been given notice of termination, while the businesses owned by Paul Ruppert—including The Passenger and Hogo—will soon be asked to vacate. “We’re still working on some timing issues, but the hope is that they’ll be vacant by May 2014,” Millstein said recently of the Ruppert properties, which Douglas acquired this year. The other retailers will vacate sooner, he says. Ruppert declined to comment.

Millstein, who could not be reached for additional comment, told me earlier this year the Passenger and Hogo could move to other Douglas properties in the area, either temporarily or permanently. The completed office building, for which Douglas expects construction to last 18 months, will have retail along 7th Street, and some of the current retailers could return. Millstein also said that another 7th Street store, BicycleSPACE, might be able to remain in its location during construction.

BicycleSPACE co-owner Erik Kugler says things are still “pretty wide open.” The store, he says, is two years into a 10-year lease and hopes to stay. Douglas has been showing him some of its other nearby properties where the store might be able to move. BicycleSPACE is also part of one potential plan to develop a city-owned parcel at 5th and I streets NW, and Kugler says he could envision using an opt-out clause in his lease to move there in around four years, but wouldn’t operate the two stores in tandem.

For now, though, Kugler says, “Nobody said that we have to move by such and such a date.” He says Douglas president Doug Jemal has promised to be personally involved in making sure that things work out for the store, one way or another.

The Capital Fringe Festival, which takes place on the same block, will remain there for a final year in 2014, according to president Julianne Brienza. But one of the 7th Street tenants has already shut its doors: Today, Civilian Art Projects called it quits after four years at its 7th Street location. It won’t be the last tenant to depart from the block.

Correction: This post initially stated incorrectly that Bar7 was among the retailers that would need to leave their 7th Street locations. In fact, Bar7 is not a Douglas property and is likely to remain.

Rendering of 650 New York Avenue from Douglas’ Historic Preservation Review Board application

Actual Retail coming to H Street!


Look, clearly I’m a big fan of new restaurants, big or small. But if a newly gentrified area like H Street is truly going to thrive, it needs more than just bars and restaurants. Daytime foot traffic is every bit as crucial as nightlife, and that’s where office and actual retail come into play. By “actual retail” I mean shops the offer goods and services, as opposed to restaurants and grocery stores, which also fall under the broad umbrella of “retail real estate.”

So I was delighted to learn that Douglas Development announced at last week’s ANC 6C Planning and Zoning Committee meeting that their early vision for their new development at 501 H Street NE is a 32-unit residential building with a 3-story, 30K sf retail space in hopes of attracting a retailer like Crate & Barrel or Forever 21 as a tenant. Now that would seriously change the H Street vibe.


UrbanTurf has more:

32 Units and a Crate & Barrel For H Street?

501 H Street NE is on the right. Courtesy of Google Maps.

Is there a name-brand furniture store in the H Street Corridor’s future?

UrbanTurf recently learned that Douglas Development has plans to build a 32-unit residential building and three-story, 30,000 square-foot retail space, possibly with a furniture store like Crate & Barrel as the tenant, at 501 H Street NE (map)…

Read the rest here.