March 20, 2012

Food may return to the Wonderbread Factory next year

Plans for the dilapidated Wonderbread Factory are moving along. Last night at the ANC 1B Design Review Committee we heard representative from Douglas Development Corporation share their latest plans for the Wonderbread Factory at 621 S St NW.

Though apartment projects are the hot thing in Washington real estate right now, Douglas is sticking with its usual market of commercial tenant space. Their latest plan for the Wonderbread Factory includes a ground floor and basement floor for retail space, which they imagine may include restaurants or a microbrewery.  The upper floors will include loft-like office space.

They are setting an agressive timeline to have the project finished in the spring of 2013 and they say they have had numerous inquiries about the space, especially from restaurateurs.

We first encountered Douglas Development’s proposal several months ago when the company had more rudimentary drawings for the site.  The building, known as the Wonderbread Factory, is now under local historic preservation protection and Douglas Development has produced the latest renderings based on feedback from the Historic Preservation Review Board and the staff at the Historic Preservation Office.  The designs are quite impressive.

Eastern elevation along Wiltberger Street (before and after):

Western elevation along the alley between the site and Progression place (before and after):

Rendering of what the front will look like:

Renderings of what the rear (northern end) will look like form Wiltberger Street and from the alley:

Rendering of what the new rear will look like:

Rear (northern) façade before and after:

View the full details

[Update: I have added wording and link to note that the building is in the DC Inventory of Historic Sites, though it does not yet appear to be in the National Register of Historic Places]

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4 Replies

  1. Eric,
    Nice article, but the building was not granted historic landmark status and is outside the U St Historic District. The Developer stated he is voluntarily adhering to historic guidelines for the renovation.

    Joel - March 22, 2012 @ 9:26 am
  2. Joel,

    At its November meeting, the HPRB added the building to the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites. It also recommended that the designation be submitted to the National Register of Historic Places, but I do not yet see it listed in the national database.

    I have added wording a link to the original post to note this distinction.

    Eric Fidler - March 22, 2012 @ 10:02 am
  3. Nice post, Eric. In East Shaw there are very few food options other than carry-outs.

    John M - March 24, 2012 @ 12:03 pm
  4. Will the building meet or be required to meet any level of LEED certification?

    AKW - March 25, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

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