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Valor Development has been banging out projects left and right over the past year, with new things underway and planned in Tenleytown, Logan Circle, Columbia Heights, and Capitol Hill. Now, it’s hoping to add Shaw to the list, with a proposal for 66 condos on P Street NW between 7th and Marion Streets, on what’s now an empty lot.
The 50-foot-tall building is designed by PGN Architects—-also working with Valor on the Maia off H Street NE—and will have retail on the ground floor facing 7th Street. Residential units are small, ranging between 510 and 853 square feet.
It’s not a done deal yet, though. One of the two parcels comprising the site still belongs to the District, numbering among several that went through the Redevelopment Land Agency ringer (some, like Progression Place, have since been sold and redeveloped, while others, like Parcel 42 at 7th and Rhode Island Avenue NW, are still waiting). Advisory Neighborhood Commission chairman Alex Padro helpfully provided this capsule history of that piece, which sits on 7th Street:
Formerly the site of the Thyssen house, which was for some time a hotel where farmers from rural Maryland bringing their produce to the Center Market would overnight. In the 20th Century, it was the home of the black Salvation Army, which was the building’s use when it was burned down in the April 1968 riots.
It was a pocket park for a while, with shaded picnic benches. A concrete water fountain is still visible on the 7th Street side. There as an unsolicited proposal in the past decade that did not result in any action, and a few years ago, a proposal to include the parcel in a redevelopment of the east side of the 1500 block of 7th Street, to include offices for Torti Gallas architects, but Bread for the City needed to move forward with their expansion plans faster than the proposal would have yielded them the needed space. The site is now home to Clark Construction’s trailers for CityMarket at O, though I’m sure Roadside’s right of entry could be terminated if there was imminent development.