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Yes, Whole Foods is coming to Capitol Riverfront

It's been a good few weeks for neighbors in Capitol Riverfront.

After receiving ANC and Board of Zoning Adjustment nods for an unconventional parking arrangement, WC Smith, developers of the proposed 336-unit mixed-use building at 800 New Jersey Ave SE, announced that Whole Foods had signed a lease to move into the planned building.
Under D.C. zoning rules, above-ground parking spaces cannot be located too close to public streets, unless a variance is granted.
Construction is slated to begin on the eight-story building and its 336 loft-style units in the second quarter of 2014. Bethesda-based SK+I Architectural Design is designing the building to meet LEED Silver specifications; the project’s green roof is one facet of those requirements. Other amenities at 800 New Jersey Ave. SE will include a rooftop deck and pool and ten-foot ceilings.
It is to be the second phase of the Square 737 project, whose first phase, the Park Chelsea, is already under construction.
The Park Chelsea is “a 432-unit, class-A rental building bordering the new three-block Canal Park in the Capitol Riverfront district,” says Carol Chatham, vice president of marketing and communications at WC Smith.
That building will feature the apartments plus 1,500 square feet of retail at ground level.
The overall complex at Square 737 is located two blocks from Navy Yard Metro. Its overall anticipated completion date is 2017.

Read more articles by Amy Rogers Nazarov.

Amy Rogers Nazarov is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist with more than 25 years experience as a staff reporter and a freelance writer, covering technology, adoption, real estate, and lifestyle topics from food & drink to home organizing. Her byline has appeared in Cooking Light, The Washington Post, Slate, Washingtonian, The Writer, Smithsonian, The Washington Post Express, The Baltimore Examiner, The Sacramento Bee, Cure, The Washington Times, Museum, and many other outlets. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors and tweets at @WordKitchenDC.
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