In addition, the R Street Market Plaza will go down the middle of R Street starting at 16th and ending at the new Safeway to create a pedestrian plaza. That portion of the project is also in design right now.
The project total size is 186 housing units, 29K office, and 110K retail.
The project looks very cool in the rendering, but my concern is that like the East End Gateway where they shot for an extremely high quality of architecture, which this appears to be as well, the project wound up being axed due to being too expensive to build. I sure hope this project doesn't fall into the same bucket.
I have to imagine after having it happen to him once, Friedman has done some extra homework to ensure it doesn't.
This project has always ranked as one the projects out there that would have the biggest impact for the area, along with the JDV, The Towers, Cathedral Square, the canceled East End Gateway, and anything with the letter "K" in it. (The Greyhound would be in this bucket as well, but I think it's pretty clear that is staying for a while)
The retail space is being marketed by Retail West (click for marketing material and more renderings) out of San Francisco. So far the only tenants I know of is a La Bou Bakery in the old Orchard Supply that owner of La Bou, Trong Nguyen, owns and is part of the overall project.
If the project does go forward, one corner of the project that most likely won't be included at first is the one closest to 16th and Q. That parcel is owned by the Benvenutti family who at last report was not partaking in the overall project, even though the plans were down for all four corners. That could have changed in the past few months though.
Driving down 16th Street last week, I noticed there are signs "just what midtown has been waiting for" along 16th Street, with renderings of the project on the buildings themselves down 16th Street. I think he has been working on plans for about a year now, so he could be getting close.
From the renderings, the buildings themselves don't really seem to keep with the gritty industrial feel of R Street, but it could be just that the renderings are all glossed up and shiny looking for marketing purposes.
The potential finished project could though still maybe keep some industrial grit feel, which for this area might now be left only to include the street itself keeping the cobblestone and rail tracks once the Plaza is complete. Originally, the main existing Crystal building was to be kept, so it will be interesting to see how that works into the plans and renderings we see here, if it is still part of the plans.
We all know new developments can't really replicate the charactor of older building so keeping the buildings along R Street with the same character at Fox and Goose and "The Building" at 10th and R would be ideal. There are many other down R Street as well...minus the Buzz Boxes.
At first I thought keeping the CADA Warehouse in tack was a mistake given the extra cost and time of preserving, but I'm glad it went that route. I've come to really like that building and what it will do for the charactor of R Street.
GBD out of Portland are the architects on the project.