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Apartments and retail coming to U Street

(Courtesy of the JBG Cos.)

A new mixed-use development with 129 apartments and 15,750 square feet of retail space at 1300 U St. NW is in the works.

Known as 13/U, the eight-story building developed by the JBG Cos. is being planned for a 2017 occupancy. David M. Schwarz Architects is envisioning the design as a modern version of the neighborhood’s traditional brick apartment buildings.

Sections of the building are set back above the second level to create a series of pavilions for a more interesting façade. In addition, two curved corners frame the building’s entrance on 13th Street and two bay windows frame the central residential entrance on U Street.

Both market-rate and affordable apartments will be available, with features and prices yet to be determined. Building amenities for residents will include a club room, a fitness center and a sundeck. A parking garage will be built underneath the building.

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The neighborhood includes dozens of restaurants, bars and shops within walking distance, including the historic Lincoln Theater and the popular 9:30 Club. The U Street/Cardozo Metro station is directly across 13th Street. Seven bus lines also serve the neighborhood.

As part of the approval for the building, JBG provided a $600,000 community benefits package with funds for new recreational fields at Garrison Elementary, a play space at Westminster Place and a new Capital Bikeshare station. The company also is to initiate a business improvement district.

A temporary 264-foot-long mural by six local artists has been installed on the inside wall of the covered sidewalk at the site on U Street. JBG commissioned the work from Words Beats & Life, a nonprofit organization that works to bring positive change through creativity. Students in the group’s summer program generated ideas for the mural, which was painted by local artists.

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