Washington, D.C.'s next big conversion, The Helicopter Factory, has revealed brand new renderings. Now, the public can know what to expect from the roughly 1,500-square-foot courtyard and wraparound rooftop deck at this property located at 770-774 Girard Street NW.
Located in Pleasant Plains (or North Shaw or Columbia Heights), this site houses three connected historic warehouses. In January 2016, Curbed DC reported that Washington, D.C.-based Brick Lane and Brook Rose Development began the construction process to convert the development into 15 condos. The highest priced units will range from $1.5 million for a 2,460-square-foot, two-level unit to $2.5 million for a 5,077-square-foot, three-level unit.
Plans are also in the works for constructing six industrial-style row houses housing 13 industrial-style units on what is currently a surface parking lot. These units will be priced between $699,000 to $969,000. This month, a limited number of these listings will be up for grabs. For more information on these units, contact Michael Hines of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty at 202-379-5868.
While the Washington Business Journal reported last year that the site created the world's earliest helicopters, UrbanTurf recently disputed this fact, writing that helicopters were never actually built on the site. Instead, the real estate blog wrote that the name of the project is meant to pay homage to Emile Berliner, who developed materials for airplanes and helicopters during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Hines told Curbed that engines for the early helicopter prototype, known as the gyrocopter, were developed and built on the site along with other parts for the machine. Berliner, the founder of The Gyro Motor Company, did develop the gyro engine and the "Gyro motored biplane," but there is no confirmation that entire gyrocopters were fully assembled on the site.
• Former Helicopter Factory in D.C. to Become Luxe Condos [Curbed DC]
• Historic helicopter factory goes luxury condo. Here's your first look. [Washington Business Journal]