Washington, D.C.—Douglas Development has completed Phase I of The Hecht Warehouse in the Ivy City neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The project involves the restoration and redevelopment of a historic landmark building. Upon completion, the redevelopment will include 335 residential loft apartments and more than 300,000 square feet of retail.
Originally built in 1937 and expanded in 1948 as a central warehouse for the Hecht Company Department Stores, the property was acquired by Douglas in 2011. Now managed by the Bozzuto Group, the seven-story building has maintained its Streamline Modern style, which features extensive glass blocking and culminates in an illuminated 12-point star shaped cupola at its front-facing corner.
“The story of the building appeals to a shared mindset rather than any specific demographic group,” Mark Hannan, Bozzuto Management Co.’s general manager of Hecht Warehouse, told MHN. “We think of our residents as urban pioneers; they’re the types of people who want to change the world, just like those who had the vision to build The Hecht Warehouse in the 1930s. The history of the building inspires them. They’re Millennials, Baby Boomers, everyone in between.”
The first phase totals 110 residential units. The Hecht Warehouse offers residents various industrial details, such as exposed and refurbished concrete flooring, up to 12-foot ceilings, subway-tiled bathrooms, and exposed brick and oversized glass block windows in some units.
Common amenities include a brick fireplace located in the main lobby, a “speakeasy” clubroom complete with billiards and large screen TVs, a wet bar with a kegerator, a full demonstration kitchen, and a free membership to Planet Fitness for residents. The building also features bike storage, a dog run with pet wash areas and three courtyard spaces with original warehouse architecture.