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Five-unit condo building going up just south of Trinidad

Construction has begun on a condo building at 915 12th Street NE, just south of Trinidad. The building should be under roof by the end of April, with a sales office opening on May 1, according to developer James Meekin.
“We’re moving quickly on it,” says Meekin, of HRG Contracting.
The five-story building (including the English basement) will have five two-bedroom condos. “We thought about retail on the ground floor but decided to go all-residential,” he says.
The building is being constructed on two adjacent vacant lots intended for townhouses. The original plan called for six condos. Because of market conditions, the number was reduced to five. (Meekin added that he decided against putting one-bedroom condos in the building, which would have increased the number of units but decreased their size, because there is a glut of one-bedroom units in the area already.)
All of the condos will be the same size, about 1,400 square feet. A price has not been determined. The developer is considering installing an eco-friendly green roof and other LEED aspects, as he has done in previous projects. The architect is MWB Architects.
 “It’s on the edge of Trinidad,” says Meekin, who chose that location because of city investment in the area and its growing popularity. There are bus and metro service and “a lot of activity,” he says.
“If you follow the trends, it seems a new restaurant opens there every week,” he adds.

This article originally misstated the neighborhood in which the development sits. Trinidad's southern boundary is widely considered to be Florida Ave NE, which this project is south of. Elevation DC regrets the error.

Read more articles by Barbara Pash.

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