5220 Wisconsin Ave NW

Akridge, a DC-based development company, proposed a new mixed-use building at 5220 Wisconsin Avenue NW, at a used-car lot between Harrison and Jennifer Streets. It is approximately 300 feet from the Friendship Heights metro station.  (See map)

This project had received the endorsement of the DC Sierra Club and recognition by the Washington Smart Growth Alliance with plans that included a building with 55-70 condos (7% will be affordable units) and ground floor retail.

However, due to Akridge’s capacity and resources, the project was abandoned and the property sold to PEPCO which has plans to build a substation on the lot. This is a great loss and misuse of valuable land close to the commercial corridor and metro station. It is a prime location for mix-use development  with services that could serve the Ward 3 community.

We are monitoring the status of this important location and will continue to seek a project that will bring:

  • A revitalized, safer block to walk along just steps from the Metro;
  • New neighborhood-serving shops or a restaurant where we can take our kids and encounter our neighbors (not “destination” retail like Mazza Gallerie);
  • A mixed use building that will add vibrancy to Wisconsin Avenue with retail on the ground floor and residential units above;
  • An environmentally friendly building LEED-certification;
  • Improvements to the Pepco façade;
  • A balance of housing choices in Ward 3;
  • New residents who will have easy access to public transportation.