Monday, August 1, 2011

Utopia Project at 14th and U

Looks like we are more apartments and retail space coming to the corner of 14th and U Streets, NW.  The 9 stories high building will have about 220 apartments and 30,000 square feet of retail space. 

Many of the retail tenants along U Street (Coppi's, Utopia Bar, DC Noodles, etc.) and 14th Street (Chicago Dogs, Footlocker, Taco Bell, etc) will be closed but are slated to return once the project has been completed.  McDonald's will remain open since they have a long term lease.

Beginning in 2008, the project has floundered due to lack of financing but now they have that settled, the project is under way again.  JBG is the developer, the same company who now owns Atlantic Plumbing, the parcels at 8th and Florida, and the new condo project at 14th and S.

Of concern is the design of this large building and how it will blend in with the surrounding neighborhood.  Let's hope this project adds to the diversity of the neighborhood and doesn't take it away in the end.

Visit The Washington Business Journal for more information.

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