Atlantic Plumbing: The Shaw Boom Continues

Rendering courtesy the JBG Cos.

Rendering courtesy the JBG Cos.

The City Market at O may have been the first mixed-use development of its kind (read: gigundo) to grace the streets of Shaw, but my friends, I am here to tell you that the arrival of that leviathan was just the beginning. The Atlantic Plumbing condos, set to deliver in spring of 2015, will have 62 one- and two- bedroom condo units, multiple rooftop terraces, an in-house gym, and a variety of eateries – a complex certainly on par with its nearby competition. Condo pricing begins in the upper 300’s, but skyrockets up to nearly 2 million. (Either that’s going to be one hell of a 2-bedroom, or developers The JBG Cos. and Walton Street Capital LLC are holding out on some of the details.) The building described (and pictured) above will be at 2030 8th St. NW; next to it, at 807 V St. NW, will be 300 luxury rental units, even more retail, and a Landmark Movie Theater. Shaw is going to be pretty much unrecognizable before the decade is out.

Big News for Shaw Food-Lovers!

Eater’s got details on the big restaurant news that Tom Sietsema scooped in his chat today. The folks behind the fabulously popular – and POTUS-worthy – Mintwood Place are opening a new concept at the City Market at O! Here’s the story:

Restaurant from Mintwood Team Coming to Shaw

Big news in Tom Sietsema’s chat today for Shaw residents. Mintwood Place’s chef and owner have signed a lease to open a restaurant at the City Market at O development. There is no name for the restaurant yet but it will be headed to 801 0 St. NW. Cedric Maupillier and Saied Azali will have a 120-seat dining room, and there will be similarities to their French leaning favorite, Mintwood Place. Maupillier tells Sietsema the restaurant will have smaller portions and lower prices, to appeal to a younger audience. It’ll be on the ground floor of a hotel and be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (anearly 2015 opening is likely).
· Tom Sietsema Chat [WaPo]

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

The Most Expensive House in Logan/Shaw

I thought it would be fun to kick off 2014 with a look at some of the most expensive homes that sold in DC in 2013. Each week in January, I’m posting the most expensive homes that closed in 2013 in the three DC neighborhoods that my clients were most interested in. In week 4, I’ll post the most expensive home that sold in all of DC!

Last week I featured Capitol Hill. This week, I’m looking at the Logan/Shaw area. Which, if you’re curious, I defined thusly:

Logan Shaw Map

The most expensive home that sold in the Logan/Shaw area in 2013 was the penthouse unit at The Metropole, at 1515 15th Street NW.

Here are the details:

Sale Price:  $1,900,000
List Price: $1,895,000
Days on Market: 58
Close Date: June 28, 2013 (My 30th Birthday!)
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Sq. Ft.: 2,127

Features worth noting:

  • Floor-to-ceiling windows on the top floor means tons of light and great views.
  • Concrete ceilings and exposed ductwork lend a chic, industrial feel to the space.
  • Cool – though slightly scary – stairs.
  • 2 Parking spaces in the heart of Logan Circle. Clutch.
  • Huge private patio

The eye candy:
(These are just my favorite pics of the bunch. Click here to see the full listing and all of its accompanying photos.)

Bldg    Dining Dining2 Kitchen Kitchen2 Living Living2 Living3 PatioStairsBed2BathBed3Bath2

Click here to see the full listing!
Listing courtesy of Andrew Riguzzi with DCRE.

Starbucks Signs at O


Rendering Courtesy City Market at O

This just in: Starbucks has signed on to join the City Market at O development, making it the development’s third signed retailer (after Giant and Dolci Gelati). The ‘bucks will be opening this spring, and will occupy a 1,600 square-foot space on O Street between 8th and 9th, located underneath the future Cambria Suites Hotel (which will also be opening in spring). Yay?

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

Sneak Peek: A Tour of The New Giant at City Market at O

Yesterday I got to do a sneak preview walkthrough of the slightly epic (72 THOUSAND square feet!!!!) new Giant grocery store opening as an anchor to the City Market at O. The soft opening festivities begin today at 2, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6pm. The Giant opens officially Friday morning at 6am, and will be open from 6am-midnight 7 days a week. Take a look:

The historic market’s facade was maintained, making this one of the prettiest Giants I’ve ever seen (from the outside, at least).





Inside, skylights and a formerly-exterior-now-interior brick wall mark where the historic space ends and the new construction begins. The place is huge. HUGE.





Adorable aesthetic touches like these streetlamps with “street signs” pointing you to the store’s various sections are scattered throughout the store.



The historic-looking street lamps also adorn the checkout lanes instead of the typical boring lights.



The biggest cheese section of any Giant, complete with a tasting table (not pictured) that will offer samples daily.



View from the upstairs cafe space. Did I mention this store is HUGE?



(Nerd Alert) The extra space apparently means extra-detailed signs, which I LOVE. For instance, check out the last item on the left side of the aisle 11 sign below. I NEVER know where to find the breadcrumbs at the store! It’s the little things in life, people.


This Giant also has the largest “natural foods” section of any Giant store. Mostly this is them pushing their “Nature’s Promise” brand, but there really is a very wide selection of “natural” foods, frozen and dry. I didn’t have time to ask what the definition of “natural” is though.


Honestly, aside from some nice aesthetic touches, some prepared food options (pizza, sandwiches, and sushi prepared on-site), and a space to sit and eat, this is pretty much a normal Giant – aside from being extra huge, of course. But it looks like the hugeness is mostly packed with additional grocery options (so you have 20 different types of chicken broth to choose from instead of 10.) I do enjoy what they did with the outer facade though, and the effort they went to to maintain as much of the original building as they could. My question is whether the neighborhood is actually dense enough to support a store this large. I guess we’ll see!