( Escocoff Associates Architects)

After six years of legal challenges, transformation of the former Hine Junior High School on Capitol Hill into a mixed-use development featuring 162 apartment units is beginning.

EastBanc and Stanton Development are overseeing construction of the 116 market-rate and 46 affordable units at 700 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. The project also will include a 163,000-square-foot office building and 60,000 square feet of shops, boutiques and restaurants with an emphasis on locally owned businesses.

The retail section will include 1,000 square feet of “incubator space” for new businesses that will rent at 75 percent of the market rate, a landscaped plaza and parking for residents, office workers and shoppers. Most important for many D.C. residents and visitors, a permanent home has been created for the Eastern Market Flea Market on weekends along the newly reopened C Street that now connects 7th and 8th streets SE.

[From 2006: Proposal to close Hine Junior High is Criticized]

Rent for the 868- to 2,300-square-foot market rate apartments will range from $3,800 to $10,000 per month. The apartments will have hardwood flooring, open floor plans and European-style kitchens. Building amenities will include a rooftop pool and party room, a fitness center, a club or lounge, multiple landscaped roof terraces, a private courtyard, secured parking and bike storage and concierge services.

The project, approved by the D.C. Zoning Commission in October 2012, faced years of delay to legal challenges by community residents concerned about the height and high density of the development. The apartments are anticipated to be ready for residents in 2017.

[Developers add housing, possibly a hotel, to Hine Junior High development]

For more information, go to www.hineschool.com.

Michele Lerner is a freelance writer. To pass on a tip or news item, contact us at realestate@washpost.com and put “Town Square” in the subject line.