A New Rendering of Jair Lynch’s Half Street, from Inside the Ballpark

In The News May 18, 2015
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The Jair Lynch Development Partners' vision for H Street SE, as seen from inside National's Park.
The Jair Lynch Development Partners’ vision for H Street SE, as seen from inside National’s Park.

Fresh renderings are out of Jair Lynch Development Partners’ planned overhaul of Half Street, one of which seems to suggest that a Bryce Harper bomb might break a window.

The Half Street project, which transferred from Monument Realty to Jair Lynch last fall for $34 million, is the subject of a scheduled May 28 Zoning Commission public hearing. Ahead of that meeting, Jair Lynch has filed a pre-hearing statement, a few fresh renderings and a transportation impact study.

The best of the new art is a rendered view of the new building from inside Nationals Park, with ballplayers milling about the outfield. The Jair Lynch building certainly stands out, as will, eventually, The JBG Cos. development on the other side of Half Street.

Jair Lynch is considering two development strategies for Half Street. One provides for 401,600 square feet of residential and 60,100 square feet of retail, while a second provides for 326,500 square feet of residential, 75,100 square feet of hotel and 60,100 square feet of retail.

In either scenario, 7,900 square feet of residential along N Street could be reprogrammed for retail if market conditions call for it.

The proposed building design from Hord Coplan Macht is described as a modern concept, with a range of materials “applied in ways to differentiate the uses, and reinforce the mixed-use character of the Half Street gateway and surrounding neighborhood.” The building features two stories of retail, with projecting glass bays along Half Street.

“The proposed building is within an area that is in the process of becoming a vibrant, entertainment district anchored by Nationals Park, located just south of the subject property, and will relate to the existing and proposed height, mass, and scale of surrounding development,” according to the newest filings.

Monument’s plans for the site included an office building to the north, what became 55 M St. SE, and a mixed-use building to the south. While 55 M was constructed and sold to Hines for $141 million, the southern portion failed to materialize.

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