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First look: Townhomes at 12th and Jackson in Brookland

A screengrab of the website for the Jackson Place Flats, showing preliminary rendering.

A new townhome project is coming to Brookland.

Long speculated about,  the 34-unit project will take over a surface parking lot at the corner of 12th and Jackson Street NE, as well as a number of buildings on the block that were purchased in July.

The project, Jackson Place Flats, now has a website with renderings and floor plans posted, which show the project as a U-shaped development with 2-bedroom, 2.5-bath terrace units and penthouse units, each unit two stories tall. 

The developer, Sassan Gharai of Bethesda-based SGA Cos, says that the website depicts preliminary designs that are subject to change, as SGA is still waiting for final approvals from the city before moving forward.

Gharai did confirm that the total project height will be three stories (two for the penthouse units and one plus a basement for the terrace units). 

The Jackson Place Flats website advertises luxury finishes like granite countertops,  Energy Star appliances, and a smartphone-controllable thermostat. The buildings also each come with an "optional" green roof.

"I've lived and worked in D.C. for the last 30 years," Gharai said, adding that he was a Brookland resident for almost 15. "There's a major shift underway in the way we live. We're all moving in from the suburbs and we're just at the beginning of the process.

"Look at the Metro map," he added. "All the lines go to the center from the suburbs. What we're starting to do now with the [streetcar] is connect the city's neighborhoods internally." Brookland, he said, is in the very beginning stages of a transformation.

Read more articles by Rachel Kaufman.

Rachel is the managing editor of Elevation D.C. She also covers tech, business and science for publications nationwide. She lives in Brookland.
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