By: Tim Lemke
Level 2 Development has received early endorsements on plans to build 170 condominiums and
street-level retail on the site of a former auto repair shop in Columbia Heights.
The D.C.-based company, which has two other condo projects under way in the neighborhood, says it wants to build 275,000 square feet and nine stories of development on 14th Street NW between Belmont Street and Florida Avenue NW.
It is partnering with Centrum Properties of Chicago and has hired SK&I Architecture of Bethesda to design the building.
Level 2 received initial support from the advisory neighborhood commission in Columbia Heights, the Meridian Hill Association and D.C. Councilman Jim Graham, D-Ward 1.
As part of a benefits package to allow the development, Level 2 has agreed to build units for people with less than the area median income and will work with Comcast to remove a satellite farm and antenna from the corner of 14th Street and Florida Avenue NW.
The company is also building the Mercury at Meridian and Aventura Condominiums, each within two blocks of the new project.
"We believe strongly in the 14th and U corridor," says Jeff Blum, principal of Level 2, which has offices on U Street. " We see the neighborhood continuing its revitalization and maintaining its important and diverse cultural roots."