When you're living in the city, who really needs a car anyway? Many developers have begun to focus less on parking and more on how many units they can fit in one site. Because of this, it makes sense that developers might see a different potential for auto repair shops and garages. Since January 2015, there have been five sites either approved for or planned to become luxury residential developments. Two additional garages are also currently on the market, pitched as a "great mixed-use opportunity." The site of one auto repair shop in particular will transform into 30 three-bedroom townhomes with prices as high as $1.2 million. For those worried about what might happen if their car needs maintenance in the city, there are still over 100 auto repair shops in the D.C. area, so these conversions don't cut too deeply into the market. From grungy to luxury, here's a look at seven auto repair shops and garages that are now closed for business and soon to become Washington, D.C.'s next big residential developments.
· See 5 Developments Approved During the Zero-Parking Trend [Curbed DC]
· Curbed Maps archive [Curbed DC]