Gray Administration Moves to Surplus Reservation 13 Property

From The District Source

A view of the future development at Reservation 13 as seen from 19th Street with the Stadium Armory Metro at the northwest corner of the project. Image from DMPED documents.

Mayor Vincent Gray sent a proposal to the District council that would clear the way for the disposal of two city-owned properties on Reservation 13 in Southeast Capitol Hill adjacent to the Stadium Armory metro station. Developers  Donatelli Development and Blue Skye Development plan a mixed-use project that would bring 354 units of residential, about 220 below-grade parking spaces and 20,000 to 40,000 square feet of ground floor retail to the vacant property.

The property has to go before the District Council to be declared surplus (not needed for the city) so the city can execute its agreement with the development team.

The entire Hill East Master Plan first created in 2002 calls for the redevelopment of  50 acres of land currently occupied by about 18 structures in various levels of use or decay to be transformed into a mixed-use urban community with direct access to the Anacostia River waterfront. 

Phase 1 of development–the subject of the new legislation–entails Parcels F-1 and G-1, bounded by 19th Street, to the west, a future extended Burke Street, SE to the north, and a future extended Massachusetts Avenue, SE to the south.

During a November community meeting Larry Clark, vice president of Donatelli Development, told those in attendance that he anticipates the Council process to take three to four months and then another 18 months until a ground breaking. From the groundbreaking  (likely in 2016) it will probably be about 18 months until the first tenants can move in and a total of 24 months for the entire project to deliver.

Shaun Courtney is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of District Source, a D.C. real estate and neighborhood news blog, co-founded and supported by Lindsay Reishman Real Estate. Shaun has been a local reporter in DC since 2009 and has called the city home since 2002. She currently lives in Kingman Park. Read more from The District Source.