Foulger-Pratt plans to begin demolition later this month to make way for its Press House at Union District project, Senior Vice President Michael Abrams said. The development is planned to include 372 residential units, 30K SF of retail and a 175-room hotel, with the option to switch that to residential.
The project is still facing appeal in court, but Abrams told Bisnow after the event he expects a resolution soon, and the company is preparing to begin constructing the project in the near future. Foulger-Pratt had hoped to break ground in the fall but the appeal, filed in January 2017 by a group that has delayed several projects in the neighborhood, has set the development back months.
The development will feature three new buildings around a 100-year-old former printing press building on the corner of Third and N streets NE. Abrams said the historic building adds character to the project and brings it down to a more human scale. With the REI-anchored Uline Arena to the south and Trammell Crow‘s Armature Works across the street, Abrams said NoMa‘s Third Street corridor leading up to Union Market has the potential to rival the city’s biggest hot spots.
“Look how dynamic 14th Street is, and it doesn’t even have any density,” Abrams said. “We have the opportunity to have a 14th Street-like experience, but with tons of density around it that will only fuel and create activity. That’s the big opportunity for the neighborhood.”