Sunday, June 3, 2012

Ceremonial Groundbreaking to Take Place This Week for Jefferson at Market Place (Kelsey Gardens Redevelopment)

A ceremonial groundbreaking will take place on June 6, 2012, for the Jefferson at Market Place, according to Shaw Main Streets.  Raze permits were issued in May.  Demolition is expected to begin soon after the ceremonial groundbreaking and construction is expected to begin in July.

The Jefferson at Market Place project (previously named the Addison Square project) entails the redevelopment of the former Kelsey Gardens Section 8 housing project, which is located along the west side of 7th Street, NW, between P Street and Q Street.  The new development will replace the multiple, now-vacant low-rise structures and surface parking area with a single building spanning the entire block.  The new building is designed to appear as six separate buildings, generally eight stories in height, but stepping down to six stories at the Q Street end of the project.

The project includes approximately 280 residential housing units, 54 of which will be affordable to households making 60% or less of the area median income.  There will also be approximately 14,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and 230 below-ground parking spaces.

The project website describes the building amenities as follows:
Jefferson at Market Place will feature modern amenity spaces that will include a boutique-style lobby with a 24-hour concierge, state-of-the-art fitness center, resident business center, and community lounge with bar and gaming areas. Residents will also have exclusive access to two private courtyards on the ground floor, a landscaped roof deck on the seventh floor, and a large pool deck on the 8th floor roof.
After the jump, view a larger rendering of the project, an image of the existing buildings, and an aerial view showing the site context.

Jefferson at Market Place (click image to enlarge)

Kelsey Gardens, current site (click image to enlarge)

Kelsey Gardens site context (click image to enlarge)


  1. Is there any more info on the groundbreaking? I didn't see an announcement anywhere and would like to attend. Living across the street, I have been looking forward to this for a long time.

  2. According to the developer's representative, the groundbreaking is a by-invitation event. However, there are likely a couple of tickets left which he may be able to make available; if you email directly through the link at the top of the right column of the website, I can provide more information.

  3. nice posting.. thanks for sharing..

  4. agreed... nice posting... thanks for sharing. glad to see that those fences will be coming down soon. Been wondering about that for a while.