Redeveloping the aging, low density Safeway at the eastern end of Capitol Hill and ridding the neighborhood of a vast expanse of parking lot was inevitable. But it took purchasing the land from Safeway's parent company and agreement to lease new space to Safeway to make the concept reality, and since purchasing the land in 2016, developer Foulger Pratt has been at work on the details. Later this summer, the Silver Spring-based developer will open the 325 rental apartments and celebrate the new 60,000 s.f. Safeway. The building will feature a "luxury pool" among its amenities, and 8000 s.f. of "neighborhood retail" on a site that housed an amusement park and beer garden in the 19th century. Sadly, the beer garden will not be brought back, but those that remember the former Safeway will no doubt be pleased with its next generation replacement.
Project: Beckert's Park
Address: 415 14th Street, SE, Washington DC Developer: Foulger Pratt Architect: BKV Group General Contractor: Foulger Pratt Contracting Use: 60,000 s.f. Safeway, 325 rental apartments, Expected Completion: Summer 2020