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7 D.C. Sites Transforming From Garages to Housing, Mapped

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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.


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1. 1311 E Street SE

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1311 E Street Southeast
Washington, DC 20003

In Capitol Hill, Jerry's Custom Automotive Center will close for a new development planned by OPaL LLC. The residential development will feature 30 three-bedroom townhomes, eight flats, six lofts, and a carriage house. Prices will range from as low as $150,000 to as high as $1.2 million. The development, known as Watkins Alley, has been approved by the Zoning Commission, but final action is expected later in July.

2. 3054 Mount Pleasant Street NW

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3054 Mount Pleasant Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

This site currently holds Mount Pleasant Auto Repair, but soon it will house a six-unit condo development with ground-floor retail. Expect three one-bedroom units, three duplexes, and three parking spaces. Architect Richard Foster submitted plans to ANC 1D for the project in May 2015.

3. 1413-1415 Swann Street NW

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1413 Swann Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

While $5,500/month might seem a little steep to live in a garage, this garage-turned-abode is pretty swanky. It comes with a rooftop deck with a garden and a built-in coffee system. Unsurprisingly, there's also enough space for one car.

4. 1124-1126 Florida Avenue NE

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1126 Florida Avenue Northeast
Washington, DC 20002

There are plans for a grungy Trinidad auto repair shop to become 52 condos. PGN Architects designed the project to have 27 surface parking spaces and 19 below-grade parking spaces.

5. 643-645 Maryland Avenue NE

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645 Maryland Avenue Northeast
Washington, DC 20002

This roughly 110-year-old garage has had a long history with the rumor that President Lyndon B. Johnson once had a car serviced there. There are plans for this Capitol Hill garage, soon to be known as New Union Garage, to be converted into three large one-level condos. The developer for the project is OPaL LLC.

6. 0 21st Street NW

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21st Street Northwest
Washington, DC

There are no plans yet for this garage to be turned into a development, but the seller is begging others to "see the potential!" This garage is on the market for $899,000 with interest already from two developers.

7. 911 V Street NW

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911 V Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001

While $900,000 might seem like a ridiculous price for a garage, this listing takes the cake with an asking price of $3.5 million. The listing describes the auto repair shop as having "great mixed-use opportunity."

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1. 1311 E Street SE

1311 E Street Southeast, Washington, DC 20003

In Capitol Hill, Jerry's Custom Automotive Center will close for a new development planned by OPaL LLC. The residential development will feature 30 three-bedroom townhomes, eight flats, six lofts, and a carriage house. Prices will range from as low as $150,000 to as high as $1.2 million. The development, known as Watkins Alley, has been approved by the Zoning Commission, but final action is expected later in July.

1311 E Street Southeast
Washington, DC 20003

2. 3054 Mount Pleasant Street NW

3054 Mount Pleasant Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009

This site currently holds Mount Pleasant Auto Repair, but soon it will house a six-unit condo development with ground-floor retail. Expect three one-bedroom units, three duplexes, and three parking spaces. Architect Richard Foster submitted plans to ANC 1D for the project in May 2015.

3054 Mount Pleasant Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

3. 1413-1415 Swann Street NW

1413 Swann Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009

While $5,500/month might seem a little steep to live in a garage, this garage-turned-abode is pretty swanky. It comes with a rooftop deck with a garden and a built-in coffee system. Unsurprisingly, there's also enough space for one car.

1413 Swann Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

4. 1124-1126 Florida Avenue NE

1126 Florida Avenue Northeast, Washington, DC 20002

There are plans for a grungy Trinidad auto repair shop to become 52 condos. PGN Architects designed the project to have 27 surface parking spaces and 19 below-grade parking spaces.

1126 Florida Avenue Northeast
Washington, DC 20002

5. 643-645 Maryland Avenue NE

645 Maryland Avenue Northeast, Washington, DC 20002

This roughly 110-year-old garage has had a long history with the rumor that President Lyndon B. Johnson once had a car serviced there. There are plans for this Capitol Hill garage, soon to be known as New Union Garage, to be converted into three large one-level condos. The developer for the project is OPaL LLC.

645 Maryland Avenue Northeast
Washington, DC 20002

6. 0 21st Street NW

21st Street Northwest, Washington, DC

There are no plans yet for this garage to be turned into a development, but the seller is begging others to "see the potential!" This garage is on the market for $899,000 with interest already from two developers.

21st Street Northwest
Washington, DC

7. 911 V Street NW

911 V Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001

While $900,000 might seem like a ridiculous price for a garage, this listing takes the cake with an asking price of $3.5 million. The listing describes the auto repair shop as having "great mixed-use opportunity."

911 V Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001