On Thursday night, the three short-listed teams to develop the Walter Reed site between Upper Georgia Avenue and 16th Street NW presented their proposals to the public for the first time. There were varying degrees of specificity, illustration, and pizzazz in the presentations, with ideas ranging from a Wegmans supermarket to an educational campus to a “senior village.”
Now the Walter Reed Local Redevelopment Authority has posted the teams’ presentations online, so I can share a few more details of the proposals.
The proposal from Forest City Washington has the fewest details and renderings, but here’s the team’s breakdown of the site into six areas, which Forest City somehow counts as five:
Forest City envisions the core as a “hub of unexpected intersections,” where students and faculty at a Georgetown University campus will interact with employees of nonprofit institutions in the various public spaces. One of these spaces will be “The Green,” a park of similar size to Yards Park in Capitol Riverfront or Bryant Park in New York.
The plan anticipated connections along some linear and not-so-linear axes:
And here’s the overall, bird’s-eye vision for the site:
The Hines-Urban Atlantic team provided a few more renderings. While this team doesn’t have an agreement with Wegmans—-its competitor Roadside Development does—-the “W” logo on this grocery anchor is a not-so-subtle hint at the type of supermarket Hines-Urban Atlantic hopes to attract. Also note the cameo from the Georgia Avenue streetcar:
The Hines-Urban Atlantic proposal is called “The Parks at Walter Reed,” and you can see why—-the southern half of the site is quite green in the renderings:
Here’s the plan’s housing breakdown. It’s a little hard to see, but the purplish color is duplexes and townhomes, orange is condos, yellow is rental, green is artist housing, and red is senior housing:
The proposal includes MIT and George Washington University facilities, a Hyatt hotel and conference center, and an arts presence featuring Artomatic, Dance Place, and the Washington Glass School:
Finally, the Roadside plan comes with the best visuals—-and a commitment from the retailer the other two aspire to: Wegmans.
This plan appears a bit more urban and less park-filled than the Hines-Urban Atlantic one. In addition to the Wegmans grocery anchor, it features an institutional anchor in the Children’s National Medical Center. Roadside also envisions partnerships with Howard University and George Washington University, and is in discussions with Marriott and Cambria Suites for a hotel element. The proposal includes interim uses, such as a farmer’s market and outdoor movie theater, before construction is complete.
Which proposal do you like best?