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Plans to Raze NoMa Office Buildings for Movie Theater, Residential Units, Office, and Retail

The JBG Companies recently submitted an application for variance/special exception to the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment to raze a seven-story office building, two-story office building, and surface parking lots in order to build a mixed-use building with residential, office, and retail uses. The site is bounded by N Street NE to the north, 1st Street NE to the east, M Street NE to the south, and North Capitol Street NE to the west. With hopes to raze the existing buildings on the site, the developer hopes to construct roughly 147,135-square-feet of residential use, 366,161-square-feet of office use, 30,543-square-feet of retail use, and a 30,000-square-foot movie theater. The movie theater will have approximately 1,200 seats. There are no reports yet on whether or not the residential units will be condos or apartments, but there will be a total of 220 residential units in the development. A separate below-grade parking garage will be built with four levels and 216 spaces. Three architects are designing the project: Shalom Baranes Associates, David M. Schwarz Inc., and Cooper Carry Inc. The site is one block away from the NoMa-Gallaudet Metro station.

In the documents filed with Board of Zoning Adjustment, the description of the development is rather extensive. To get a better idea of what the development will look like, read the body of text below, copy and pasted from the document:

The most northeastern portion of the building with frontage on N Street and First Street is an 11-story tower with a traditional office layout and ground floor retail. The façade is predominantly glass and includes a two-story terra cotta mullion frame system atop a ground level storefront. To the west of the office tower is a 12-story residential tower with frontage on N Street and evokes the era of glazed terra cotta as seen in prominent Washington DC buildings. To the south of the residential component is a nine-story tower dedicated to loft-style office use above ground floor retail. The architectural design of this portion of the building is in keeping with an industrial warehouse with exposed structure throughout. A rhythm of brick piers break down the façade, and the tower features large scale windows with gridded muntins and articulated brick spandrel panels. At the base between the brick piers is a point supported by the glass storefront system, which acts as a modern intervention to the industrial character.