Luxury Apartments Open in Historic Shaw Neighborhood

D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood is now home to a new luxury apartment building. The Colonel officially opened its doors to the public on May 21.

D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood is now home to a new luxury apartment building. The Colonel officially opened its doors to the public on May 21.

CityInterests, Douglas Development and CAS Riegler are the developers of the $13 million project. The Colonel is a five-story woodframe building located at 1250 Ninth St., N.W. It offers 70 luxury units and 8,500 square feet of street-level retail space, which, according to the developers, will be occupied by three new restaurants.

The 64,500-square-foot Colonel includes 46 one-bedroom units, nine two-bedroom units and 15 studios. There are several lofts, apartments with balconies or terraces, and even a two-level penthouse. The smallest units have about 361 square feet of space, while the largest have about 1,156 square feet. They feature hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows and nine-foot ceilings. Common-area amenities include a courtyard, garage parking and a bike room.

CityInterests, Douglas Development and CAS Riegler started work on the project in 2011. Donohoe Construction was the general contractor, with PGN Architects as the architect. Leasing activities started late last year.

Like its home, D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood, The Colonel was named in honor of Col. Robert Gould Shaw (1837-1863), who commanded the 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first formal unit of the Union Army during the Civil War to be comprised entirely of African-American men.

Photo credit: Donohoe Construction