There was the building in D.C.’s NoMa neighborhood that tried to lure new tenants with a communal English bulldog that everyone could call their own. Then there are the rooftop dog parks, pools and gardens on buildings in neighborhoods where D.C.’s newest residents flock to pay $2,000 for a one-bedroom apartment. A building near the H Street NE corridor has an indoor basketball court, and another in Columbia Heights can boast a 400-gallon fish tank and bocce court.
And now a soon-to-open D.C. apartment building has a novel amenity to attract deep-pocketed millennials: a waiting room for those using ride-hailing services.
The Vintage on 16th apartment building in Mount Pleasant is designed for urban dwellers who don’t have cars. While there’s no parking, it has a large bike room and electric bikes on hand for residents to borrow. And, yes, there’s a room where people can hang out while they wait for their Uber, Lyft or other car service to arrive. The Urban Turf blog first spotted this new amenity.
“We are thinking about how people live and move around,” said Joe Bous, a principal at Valor Development, which is developing the building. Bous said that referring to it as an Uber Waiting Room is just a friendly moniker, and the room is meant to serve residents waiting for all sorts of car services and rides.
“The Uber room will be dedicated to the coming and going of shared ride services.”
While the amenity shares many characteristics with a more standard lobby, the two are distinct entities at the Vintage. The main lobby will have plush couches and a front desk where visitors can check in and residents can pick up packages. At about 260 square feet, the ride-hailing room will be smaller and have its own entrance from outside the building. There will be couches, a TV to watch the news and an outside view where people can spot their Uber car pulling up.
In D.C., the average wait time for an Uber is four to seven minutes.
“There will be magazines and stuff to kill time,” Bous said. “The idea is to be physically comfortable and intellectually stimulating while you wait for your Uber.”
Most notably, the room will have a TransitScreen, a real-time display of transportation options at any given location. The screen will show nearby bus and Metro wait times, Capital Bikeshare options, and how close the nearest Uber is.
The Vintage, which is slated to open in the fall, will have 85 units, with a mixture of one- and two-bedroom apartments starting at $2,000 a month. The building, located on the 3100 block 16th Street NW, will be converted from a 100-year-old church. The church facade will remain, and Valor Development is building a tower around it.