Art Place at Ft. Totten obtains PUD approval

On December 14, 2009, the DC Board of Zoning Adjustment granted formal Planned Unit Development (PUD) approval for ART PLACE at Fort Totten, to be developed by our client, the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects is the designer of the large-scale plan for this new mixed-use (residential / retail / cultural) transit-oriented development in NE Washington, near the Ft. Totten Metro Station and adjacent to two major commuter routes through the city. The total development, intended as an investment for the Foundation and to promote its art and community-oriented philanthropy, will contain 2,056,000 sf of new construction on 719,000 sf of existing land the Foundation has owned since the 1950s. The project as a whole will be registered for LEED ND certification, with individual buildings expected to achieve LEED NC recognition. EE&K has been working on various versions of this project since 2007, as the client’s vision of the program has changed in response to market factors and local input.

At Art Place, the Cafritz Foundation plans to build 929 residential units (171 affordable units and 358 multi-family units) in 4 new blocks arranged on a new network of streets and public spaces connected to the adjacent neighborhoods, Ft. Totten park / recreation areas, and with the main retail area on both sides of Ingraham Street, leading to the Metro Station. New rental units will consist of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, including 98 set aside for senior tenants. There will be about 300,000 sf of retail space, for both local and national retailers and restaurants, including a 59,000 sf grocery store. Arts-oriented uses on the site include live-work artists’ housing, rehearsal studios, set and costume fabrication facilities and administrative offices for the Washington National Opera (75,500 sf) and Shakespeare Theatre Company (75,500 sf). Local and regional community uses include a Senior Center, Day Care Facility, Arts / Meeting space, a Children’s Resource Center / Museum, and space for a future branch public library.

The first phase of the project, at the southeast corner of the site (on South Dakota Avenue between Galloway and Ingraham Streets) including 529 residential units and senior housing, multiple retail shops, and the grocery store, is now in the schematic design phase, with construction anticipated in early 2012. (This first building is being designed by Shalom Baranes Associates of DC and MV+A Architects of Maryland.)

EE&K’s Project Team for Art Place at Ft. Totten:
Matt Bell
Tim Wright
Mark Gosnell
Abbie Cronin
Rosario LiRocchi
Chris Rzomp
KC Dutton
Peter Seidel
Henry Asri