The challenge was to develop a blighted block within a short walk from Washington DC’s Union Station. The city desired much needed affordable housing units in this transitional area. The other challenge was to reduce the size of the large block and integrate it with the city’s grid of roads while providing much needed green space and vibrant active streets.
KGD was the master planner and architect and led the team of landscape architects and real estate developers in developing a solution that provided the height and best use of the city’s land while meeting the community’s needs.
The solution created an internal street connecting and extending the city’s grid, thus creating a safe public realm within a signification public and private green space. The design creates three residential buildings. One building is market-rate and the other two buildings are compromised of entirely affordable units. The buildings are clustered around a vibrant green space with community spaces on the first floor activating the pedestrian realm. The market rate building has a large roof garden with monument views.
Building I: 170 Units
Building II: 221 Units
Building III: 221 Units
Building I: 175,000 GSF
Building II: 210,000 RSF
Building III: 210,000 RSF
Retail: 4,500 SF
KIT Room: 4,000 SF
Monument Realty + Community Housing Partners (MR-CHP)