The Wren DC
Located in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C., The Wren is a 375,000 square foot development consisting of 433 residential units and a 45,000 sq. ft. Whole Foods grocery store. A remarkable 30% of its units are affordable at 30% and 50% of MFI.
The 110-foot tall, U-shaped building includes 343 parking spaces (125 for residents and the remainder for the retail), up to 160 bicycle parking spaces, a 10th-floor sky bridge spanning a central courtyard, fitness center, rooftop pool, dog run, pet spa, clubhouse, rooftop solar array and rooftop community garden.
The design mixes masonry, aluminum, glass and metal to create what the developers have described as a modern industrial aesthetic that pays tribute to the District’s history and is in keeping with some of the surrounding newer projects. The site is located two blocks from the vibrant U Street corridor, 9:30 Club and entertainment district, and five blocks from the U Street Metro.
The project was awarded to MRP through a D.C. government solicitation process, building a project benefiting the affordable housing effort and various community initiatives. These include support workforce development for residents and employers within 1 mile of 965 Florida, support of Shaw Main Streets to further support capital improvements for local retailers, support of Howard University to subsidize a business incubator joint venture between D.C. and Howard, construction of 4,500-square-foot pocket park on the west side of Florida Avenue, streetscape improvements, and new traffic signals at the Florida Avenue intersection with W Street.