EastBanc and Acadia Redeveloping 30K SF Building in DC’s Georgetown Neighborhood


Washington D.C.-based developer EastBanc and White Plains, N.Y.-based Acadia Realty Trust are redeveloping the 30,000-square-foot-building at 1238 Wisconsin Avenue NW in Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood, according to a joint press release from the firms. The project is expected to deliver in 2021.

The firms will roll the two-tenant ground-floor retail building into its original layout of six small-format retail spaces, per the release.

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The building is owned by MVF Associates, according to The Washington Business Journal, which first reported the redevelopment. Acadia Realty Trust and EastBanc entered into a ground lease of the property “with the intent to jointly develop and release the property,” Philippe Lanier, a principal at EastBanc, told Commercial Observer. He did not disclose the terms of the lease.

Four of the retail spaces will face Wisconsin Avenue NW and feature double-height ceilings, while two smaller retail spaces will face Prospect Street NW, according to the release. (The retail space was most recently occupied by Zara, which closed in April 2018.) Each space will vary from from 800 to 2,000 square feet. Above the retail spaces, the firms plan to offer 15,000 square feet of office space and five residential units. Lanier told CO that the project is expected to cost approximately $8 million.

The firms plan to attract “retail disruptors, from established brands to younger, digitally native concepts, that want to partner with seasoned operators of experimental retail in the resilient and energetic nation’s capital,” according to the release. Reginald Livingston, a co-head of Acadia Realty Trust, said in a prepared statement that “we believe this submarket will continue to capture the tenants that are most relevant in today and tomorrow’s retail landscape…upon completion, the project will nicely complement our existing collection of interesting and dynamic retailers.”