Developers of the proposed Hyattsville Armory Apartments will make their case to the city council on Monday, July 16.
The site is currently home to several empty buildings and the Polka Dot Park, a pop-up public space created by the SoHy Collective of local artists and businesses with permission from the developers, D.C.-based Urban Investment Partners.
The proposal calls for 284 apartments, made up of 174 one-bedrooms, 85 two-bedrooms and 25 studios. The development would include 32,000 square feet of retail space, about 10 percent of the total space. It would also have 680 parking spaces in a garage for both retail customers and residents.
The plans that will be pitched to the city council are much more detailed than what we first reported in 2017, when the project was going to be called the Rail Yard Apartments, though the overall design is similar
The current proposal includes a sidewalk set back from the street with landscaping and a small courtyard at the entrance to encourage walking along Baltimore Avenue. There’s also an upscale walkway with fountains, benches and outdoor seating for a restaurant or cafe in an expanded alley between the development and the armory building paralleling Jefferson Street.
Developers say they would look for a mix of restaurants, convenience stores, health and beauty retailers, fitness centers and boutiques to fill the space, which would front Baltimore Avenue and the alley.
Urban Investment Partners has a track record of big projects like this, including condos in NoMa, high-end rentals near George Washington University and lofts on U Street.
If approved, the development would be the biggest change to this portion of Route 1 since the Arts District Hyattsville townhomes and shops were built. The development is projected to begin construction in early 2019 and finish by the fall of 2020.