The Sheridan Station site offered clear opportunities, including proximity to the Metro Station, existing infrastructure, and sweeping views of the Anacostia River and the Capitol skyline, yet it also presented significant challenges. Although nearly 12 acres, the site is very narrow with grades that rise substantially from a range of 30-50 feet to high points of 160 feet. The higher parts of the site, aside from being unbuildable, are heavily vegetated and forested. Much of these areas remain untouched. Through thoughtful site planning, unit typologies, and landscaped retaining walls, the units are clustered on the lower parts of the site which promotes urban streetscapes, sidewalks, and continuous building facades facing the road.
Phase I +II Completed 2012
Phase III Completed 2015
556,000 SF Residential
10,000 SF Medical Clinic
104 rental multifamily units
52 single family stacked townhomes
115 single family townhomes
56 Manor homes (4 units in 14 buildings)
V A Wood Construction
Ineffective storm water management systems resulted in flooding and significant erosion of the site. The public housing units were vacated and ultimately demolished in 1998. Several attempts at redeveloping the site failed to materialize.
The first phase of the project is completed and represents a $27 million investment in the neighborhood. It consists of 104 units of multifamily housing (fully leased), 20 homeownership condominiums and townhomes (sold), an on-site medical clinic, fitness center, and rain garden. Sheridan Station is the first multifamily development in the District of Columbia to be awarded the LEED Platinum designation and contains the largest privately-owned solar photovoltaic system in the city.
Along Sheridan Road a series of blocks create a face for the project and at the same time serve as a continuous pattern that frames the streetscape from Pomeroy Road to Howard Road. The design creates a walk-able neighborhood that plays with different scales, densities and unit types to serve as a nexus between the surrounding neighborhoods and the Metro Station without exhausting the capability of other properties to develop.
The site’s location along the Suitland Parkway leading to the Douglass Bridge is a central visual aspect of the gateway to the nation’s capital for anyone approaching from the south, including dignitaries arriving at Andrew’s Air Force Base. For a decade the site contained vacant, boarded up buildings, overgrown vegetation, and trash strewn hillsides. What was then a reminder of the worst of the city’s times is now an attractive, vibrant community.