The Washington, D.C., neighborhood where jazz greats Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, and Duke Ellington once performed is undergoing a dramatic revitalization. Smack dab in the middle of it all is PN Hoffman's Union Row development.
Located in the heart of the District's U Street Corridor, Union Row is an upscale condominium project comprising two separate and distinct properties—The Flats and The Warehouses. The Flats consists of 208 units in a nine-story building located on 14th Street, NW; The Warehouses consists of 59 townhome-style condos that were created through the adaptive reuse of two historic warehouses.
“We were one of the first developers to recognize the value of the neighborhood and this particular site,” says Josh Dix, vice president of development and acquisitions for Washington, D.C.-based PN Hoffman. “We focus on transforming neighborhoods, and we identified this site early on as being underutilized.”
The 2-acre site formerly housed three abandoned warehouses and a used car lot, so the site required $2 million in environ-mentalremediationwork.Infact,90percent of the soil removed for the parking garage was contaminated by petroleum, while the warehouses had a mixture of asbestos and lead paint. The biggest challenge, however, was integrating the two warehouses, which were protected by an historic overlay. Working with Bethesda, Md.-based SK+I Architectural Design Group, PN Hoffman transformed the warehouses into condos and added two additional stories of condos on top, all targeted to urban professionals.
The first two floors of The Warehouses are historic, while the upper two stories feature a modern industrial design that complements the historic architecture. A 26-foot-wide breezeway connects the warehouses to the 14th Street thoroughfare.
The Flats boasts three different façades that blend with historic buildings in the surrounding area. The northern part of the building is traditional red brick, while the middle portion feels industrial. The southern portion looks more like a modern D.C. condo building with plenty of glass. The shape of the south end, which has a curved glass façade, follows the line of the metro tunnels under the site.
Fast Facts Developer: PN Hoffman
Architect: SK+I Architectural Design Group
Opened: August 2007
No. of Units: 267
Unit Mix: One-, two-, and three-bedroom condos and townhomes
Prices: $269,000 to $1.2 million
Judge's Verdict “THIS PROJECT IS EXCEPTIONALLY WELL LOCATED AND SUPERBLY DESIGNED—INSIDE AND OUT. IT HAS UNIVERSAL APPEAL TO THE URBAN DWELLER WHO IS SEEKING AN OASIS IN A DYNAMIC, MIXED-USE ENVIRONMENT.” —Julie Smith, president, Bozzuto Management Co.