11 Grocery-Anchored Developments Underway In D.C.

The developments that have the greatest impact on a neighborhood are often those that bring a new grocery store, offering a new option for residents to make their regular food shopping trips.

Building grocery stores as part of low-rise shopping centers with surface parking lots appears to be a thing of the past in the D.C. Metro area, as developers are now building grocery stores into mixed-use developments with hundreds of apartments that bring a consistent stream of demand.

 The D.C. region is lined with new grocery-anchored developments that will bring retailers such as Wegmans, Whole Foods, Aldi and Trader Joe’s to their respective neighborhoods. From Rockville to Shaw to Southeast D.C. to Alexandria, Bisnow found 11 grocery-anchored developments underway in the D.C. area.

Source: 11 Grocery-Anchored Developments Underway In D.C.

Petworth, Park View Booming With Multifamily Projects, Restaurant Openings

A growing neighborhood in Northwest D.C. that has welcomed a wave of bars and restaurants over the last year can serve as a model for other parts of the city looking to build more development and attract new retailers.

The roughly mile-long stretch of Georgia Avenue from Lamont Street to Upshur Street that includes part of the Petworth and Park View neighborhoods has at least 13 multifamily projects in various stages of development and has welcomed at least 17 new bars and restaurants since the start of 2018, plus a gym, a hair salon and a clothing store.

 The neighborhood will receive a spotlight Oct. 5 when D.C. hosts its first-ever open streets event on a 3-mile stretch of Georgia Avenue, closing the street to cars and featuring various activities for pedestrians.

People who visit the neighborhood for the event will see the new roster of restaurants and a series of construction projects underway, but with a different feel than the other fast-growing parts of the city.

Many of D.C.’s booming neighborhoods, such as NoMa and Capitol Riverfront, feature 12-story buildings that take up entire blocks with hundreds of units, but that is not the case in Petworth and Park View. The zoning classification along this stretch of Georgia Avenue only allows for buildings up to 65 feet tall.

Source: Petworth, Park View Booming With Multifamily Projects, Restaurant Openings

Megaliths in the Bath House Ruins

 

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2019 A+Awards Project of the Year: Bosjes Chapel by Steyn Studio

Outstanding Award-winning design that blends perfectly with the mountainous desert environment. So simple but so elegant.

Winner of the 2019 Popular Choice A+Award in the Religious Buildings category, Bosjes Chapel is a modern architectural landmark for South Africa. Masterminded by the talented, London-based firm Steyn Studio, the chapel is defined by its dramatic silhouette, poetically intertwined with the spectacular mountainous backdrop of Breederiver Valley in the Witzenberg Municipality. As a standout winner from this year’s competition, Bosjes Chapel is the recipient of an additional, extra special honor this year: It is one of five buildings to take home the title of 2019 A+Awards Project of the Year.

Steyn Studio’s design possesses all the ingredients found within the world’s most beloved architecture. On the outside, its symmetry and curvaceous nature provide instant appeal in the vein of Fariborz Sahba (architect of the Lotus Temple in New Delhi, India) or Felix Candela, the Spanish and Mexican architect famed for his elegant thin-shell concrete structures. However, it is on the inside that the qualities of this building really shine through: considered detailing allows contrasting materials to meet harmoniously at beautiful junctions.

While its architecture is extraordinary, Bosjes Chapel’s most magical elements are those that you can’t see — it is the atmosphere, full of emotion and serenity, that sets this building apart. Architizer spoke with Firm Principal Coetzee Steyn about the project, the challenge involved in bringing it to fruition, and the impact of the Special Honoree award for his studio.

Source: 2019 A+Awards Project of the Year: Bosjes Chapel by Steyn Studio – Architizer Journal

Universal challenges Disney with new Epic Universe theme park 

The force may be with Disney, but Universal’s empire is putting up a good fight in the theme park wars.

Comcast Corp.-owned Universal Parks & Resorts on Thursday fired the latest salvo in a decades-long battle to give entertainment giant Disney a run for its money, announcing a major expansion in Orlando that includes hotels, restaurants, shops and a new theme park called Universal’s Epic Universe.

“Our new park represents the single largest investment Comcast NBCUniversal has made in its theme park business and in Florida overall,” Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts said in a statement. “It reflects the tremendous excitement we have for the future of our theme park business and for our entire company’s future in Florida.”

The news from Universal comes just weeks before larger rival Disney opens a giant new Star Wars-themed land at its Florida property.

Source: Universal challenges Disney with new Epic Universe theme park – The Washington Post

 

Phil Freelon, NOMAC, FAIA, 1952 – 2019 | National Organization of Minority Architects – NOMA

Dear NOMA Family,

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Philip Goodwin Freelon (1952 – 2019), one of the greatest architects of our time. Phil Freelon was a long-time NOMA member as well as a mentor to many in the organization and beyond.’

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Phil and the team introduced a museum unlike any other to the National Mall. Just one of many of the influential projects he will always be remembered for.

Mr. Freelon will be remembered not only for his incredible design talent but also for his leadership, poise, kindness, and generosity. On a personal note, I remember when I first met Mr. Freelon at the 2010 NOMA Conference in Boston. He was incredibly approachable and gracious. I remembered studying his work as an architecture student, and I was very excited about meeting him as a young professional.

Getting to share space with Phil Freelon was a highlight of my NOMA experience. The first time and the subsequent opportunities I had to interact with him, including as recently as last year during a meeting in Detroit. Our industry lost a titan today.

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Taking time at the conference to enjoy a little recreation.

I will always remember playing basketball with him at the Boston NOMA conference. We were on the same team, and it was a great game versus the students. We won, but really any team with Phil Freelon is a winner. Phil Freelon’s team won the commission for the iconic National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), The project was in partnership with David Adjaye and the legendary J. Max Bond, forming the FAB Studio.

This transformative project was just one of Mr. Freelon’s great works, both as a firm owner, founding The Freelon Group in 1990, and as a firm leader at Perkins+Will later in his remarkable career.

Phil Freelon remains a role model for those who have had the privilege of knowing him. His legacy will live on, He taught, mentored, interacted with, and who enjoy the benefit of engaging with his design work. Mr. Freelon will be sorely missed by his NOMA family and most notably by his wife Nnenna and his three children.

Phil Freelon, NOMAC, FAIA, was one of a kind and NOMA is proud to honor him. NOMA will rename our Annual Professional Design Awards the Phil Freelon Professional Design Awards. Beginning at this year’s conference in Brooklyn, October 16th – 20th. Please join us in honoring the phenomenal legacy of Phil Freelon.

 

In Solidarity,
Kimberly Dowdell
2019-2020 NOMA President

This is a reprint of an article from Kimberly Dowdell, President of NOMA with editorial modifications.

Source: Phil Freelon, NOMAC, FAIA, 1952 – 2019 | National Organization of Minority Architects – NOMA

D.C. United picks PN Hoffman for Buzzard Point development site – Washington Business Journal

D.C. United has selected PN Hoffman to remake a pair of sites at the foot of Audi Field in Buzzard Point, setting the stage for additional street-level activity at the foot of the 20,000-seat stadium.

The District’s Major League Soccer franchise has tapped Hoffman to take on the project, final details of which are still being ironed out, according to a source familiar with the situation. Hoffman emerged as the winning bidder from what as said to be a short list including Hines, Toll Brothers (NYSE: TOL) and Cordish Cos. The District-based developer won out for several reasons including its portfolio of projects, notably its role as co-developer of The Wharf on D.C.’s Southwest Waterfront not far from the soccer stadium.

The site includes the 2-acre Parcel B, which could potentially support up to 600,000 square feet of commercial development or mixed-uses, and a smaller Parcel C, with a land area of about 10,000 square feet. Conceptually, Hoffman’s project is slated to include some sort of entertainment concept, possibly a sports bar with a stage for live music, with residential or maybe a hotel above it.

Source: D.C. United picks PN Hoffman for Buzzard Point development site – Washington Business Journal