965 Florida Avenue NW Washington DC 20001

The Griffith is a mixed-use redevelopment of 945-965 Florida. The project will offer a Whole Foods market and a 370,000 square foot residential building.The 1.45 acre development will rise 10 stories and include a 2 level Whole Foods market of approximately 51,000 square fee, along with 428 residential units on floors 2-10. Of these, 30% are required to be affordable under LDDA. Developers will create 343 parking spaces, with at 125 reserved for residential use and 218 allocated to Whole Foods. Residential is likely to be for-lease apartments.

Developer:MRP Realty and Ellis Development Grp as Broadway Atlantic One LLC
Architect: Hord Copal Macht
Contractor: Unknown
Construction: Started summer 2017. Completion est. fall 2018
Delivery: Late 2018

The Griffith 965 Florida

The Griffith Overview

The building would have a retail base with the residential above highlighted by three, three story horizontal bands on all three exterior faces of the building. Articulation of these bands is through balconies, masonry panels and varying window configurations. Materials used would be a combination of cementious siding, stone, masonry wood and glass. Floors 2 to 10 would be built around a “U” shaped central court to allow light and air into the center of the building. The main entrances into the building would be from Florida Avenue, NW. At the northern end of a building would be a small pub that would also provide access into the grocery store. The main grocery would be further south while the residential entrance would be at the southern end of the building. A secondary residential entrance would be provided from 9th Street. Three levels of parking will be built below grade, levels one and two for Whole Foods and residential parking on the third floor. Both are  accessed from 9th Street. Residential amenities include a fitness center, storage, club room and a courtyard of approximately 14,000 square feet. A roof deck includes pool, club room and lounging spaces. The two towers will be connected at the roof level by a bridge. There would be a pool and roof deck on the side facing Florida Avenue and community gardens and a dog run on the side facing 9th Street. 965 Florida will also include 126 to 160 bike spaces to serve the residential use and 6 spaces allotted the grocery store. New and widened sidewalks will be created along all three street frontages. Along Sherman Avenue and Florida Avenue developers will construct a tree lined walkway with planters, sitting areas and bicycle racks. Bryant Street. The development will require significant transportation and pedestrian improvements surrounding the site. The Sherman Avenue and Florida Avenue intersection will be reconfigured for traffic safety and pedestrian use. A pocket park will serve as a buffer between the rowhouse to the west and the major intersection. Developers will maintain the park. Neighborhood donations are being required of the developer, who must agree to provide $200,000 towards a grant program to support non-profit organizations that provide employment training, job preparation skills and services to District residents and also provides youth enrichment/development programs; Fund an escrow account with Deputy Mayor for Economic Development listed as the beneficiary with $118,462 and solicit applications from locally based retailers within a 3-mile radius of the project site to request funding for a partial rent subsidy. Beneficiaries are to be chosen by a representative of the Developer and the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development; Provide a donation of $142,155 to the business incubator joint venture between the District of Columbia and Howard University. In event the proposed business incubator is not operational at the time of building permit; the required amount would be placed in an escrow account held with the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development listed as the beneficiary of such account, such that the DC Government can draw on such funds when the incubator becomes established. Developers have been tweaking the project, which is likely to deliver as rental apartments and may also get a new name.

Community Action

“The Office of Planning (OP) recommends that the application be set down for public hearing as it is not inconsistent with the Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map recommendation for mixed use, medium density residential and medium density commercial and more specific recommendations of the Duke Small Area Plan1 (The Duke Plan). In addition to any information or clarification requested by the Zoning Commission at set down, OP has advised the Applicant to provide the following prior to the public hearing: Fully dimensioned roof plans and details; Treatment of the courtyard; Overall bedroom types and bedroom types for the affordable units; LEED checklist; Detailed elevations for each side of the building; and Additional details on the benefits proffer, including neighborhood improvements, First Source Agreement, CBE details and a detailed TDM plan.

The Griffith Design Features

Interior design details for this project have not yet been released. Check back for updates.

965 Florida Mapped

The Griffith is located at the intersection of Florida, Sherman and W in the North Shaw/U Street Corridor neighborhood of Washington DC.

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