Developers Release Plans to Rebuild Frager's Hardware

Plans for the new Frager's Hardware and esidential development on the 1100 block of Pennsylvania Ave. SE. (Perseus Realty)

Community members in Ward 6 caught a first glimpse of renderings for the Frager’s Hardware site on the 1100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE last Thursday at a meeting with developer Perseus Realty. The development will rise four stories with a residential penthouse nested on the top.

Adam Peters, executive vice president of development at Perseus, said the new mixed-use building will allow for about 8,500 square feet for Frager’s store to lease and additional space for the outdoor garden center; about 7,000 square feet in extra retail space on the ground; 30-40 one, two and three bedroom condo units; 35 residential parking spaces below ground; and a green roof.

In order to comply with R-4 zone requirements, the development will be at or below 50 feet in height.

Throughout the meeting, Peters reiterated his company’s dedication to restoring an icon in the community.

“Frager’s is an institution,” Peters said. “I’ve heard so many stories about how people met their husbands and wives there, how they always find what they need at the store.”

Peters said they plan to restore and keep the Frager’s outside brick façade, as well as use a combination of brick, metal and glass materials in the construction.

Neighbors at the meeting expressed concern for a lack of retail parking included in the plans. The underground space is set aside for residents of the building — those residents will not receive parking permit privileges for Ward 6 street parking. But the only other space allotted for customers is street parking along Pennsylvania Avenue. Peters said they are working with the DC Department of Transportation to zone the Pennsylvania Avenue parking for customers only.

ANC 6B Chair Kirsten Oldenburg added that she is working to place a new Capital Bikeshare station on or across the street from the 1100 block of Pennsylvania. Also, any garbage removal or loading and unloading will route to the 11th Street side.  

Residents also questioned the height and its affect on sunlight and privacy. Peters explained that the sun will rise and fall in such a way that the building will not shade residences abutting the development. He added that the tiered design of the stories will help alleviate height issues for neighboring houses.

They also requested any restaurants or businesses that lease the other retail spaces close at 6 or 7 p.m. and also don’t cause noisy disturbance to the quiet neighborhood.

Perseus said construction starts in 2017 and is scheduled to finish in 2019. Residents can give more feedback at more community meetings to come and at ANC meetings to discuss minor rezoning issues for the project.

Frager’s Hardware was destroyed by fire in June 2013. after some partnership attempts owner John Weintraub partnered with Perseus, who bought the lot for roughly $5.7 million in October last year.

“It’s been a burnt out shell for so long,” Peters said. “Bringing it back as a community space is exciting.”

(Perseus Realty)

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