The Columbia is a 225-unit luxury condominium (400,000 sf) ideally located in the heart of Washington, DC’s West End. Located on one-half of a city block at the intersection of 25th Street, L Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, the project is in close proximity to Georgetown and DuPont Circle. Formerly The Columbia Hospital for Women, the development includes a mixture of adaptive re-use and new construction. The center portion of the hospital, constructed in 1915, was restored and two wings of new construction were added along 24th and 25th Streets with approximately 22,000 sf of retail space, of which, Trader Joe’s occupies 11,000 sf.
Opportunity, Solutions & Outcomes
Based on the site’s prominent location in Washington’s West End, the redevelopment strategy was focused on creating a luxury condominium project that maximized density on site as well as provided ground floor retail amenities. Included in the design are a common area theater, dining rooms, rooftop swimming pool, and fitness center.
The High Street Residential/TCC team worked diligently with local neighborhood groups, the District of Columbia Office of Planning, and the Historic Preservation Review Board to arrive at a thoughtful redevelopment solution. The design includes demolition of most of the non-original portions (post 1915) of the building and the restoration of the original building’s architectural features that were removed during the hospital’s expansion. The design included the addition of a penthouse level belvedere that was removed in 1950 and the restoration of the sunrooms at the end of the Y-shaped residences which flank the elegant entryway. The delivery of The Columbia Residences clearly demonstrated the team’s experience with mixed-use redevelopment, a commitment to high quality planning and design, an ability to form and manage top-quality development teams, experience in complex development approval requirements in a city with strong historic characteristics, and experience in marketing residential units at a local, regional, and national level with a third-party marketing firm.