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Planned Eckington mixed-use project features emergency shelter, office, children’s play area

The building will take the place of a former ice cream factory

Rendering via Atelier Architects

In Eckington, there are plans for a brand new mixed-use building, located at 101 Q Street NE, that will take the place of a building that dates back to 1910 and was originally used as a feed and grain warehouse and later as an ice cream factory.

The new five-story building will be a mixed-use property with a furnished 30-unit emergency shelter, administrative office space, commercial office space that may be rented to other users, and a rooftop recreation room with an outdoor terrace for adults and an outdoor play area for children. There will also be a green roof and 11 on-site parking spaces with 10 bicycle parking spaces. The entire property will span 32,251 square feet and will be designed to appear like a “typical apartment building” in the neighborhood, according to the BZA application.

At the moment, the site houses a two-story office building, currently leased by non-profit Pathways to Housing D.C., Foer Medical Arts Pharmacy of Maryland, and D.C. Forensic Nurse Examiners. According to the developer’s application to the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA), the tenants are aware of the plans and may occupy space in the new building once it’s constructed.