Fort Totten’s Art Place Passes Approvals for Major New Phase

Fort Totten’s exciting Art Place project has passed key milestones and will be moving forward on its 10 year development plan. The next phase for Art Place has just been approved by the Zoning Commission for 270 apartments, a food hall, a 24,000 sq. ft. Aldi, a 30,000 sq. ft. Family Entertainment Zone (FEZ) and 35,000 sq. ft. of additional retail. An additional 78,000 sq. ft. will go to the experiential outlet Meow Wolf.

The residential mix for the project includes 30 artist live/work units, ground floor artist & studio space with affordable leases, and an outdoor dining rooftop terrace. 4th Street SE will be transformed into a European-style pedestrian boulevard called a woonerf. Artist housing will be structured as affordable housing for 20 years at just 60% of the area median income.

Balconies and bay windows have been added during zoning hearings, and the design of the Family Entertainment Zone (FEZ) has been simplified somewhat. DC residents will get discounted admission to Meow Wolf, and Art Place residents will get additional discounted admission to the children’s museum inside the FEZ.

The design of the development has been refined somewhat since Commission hearings earlier this year, with the palette of the residential buildings darkened and balconies and bay windows added. The tubular element of the FEZ has also been simplified and will no longer have kinetic rotating fins.

Part of the community benefits include discounted admission to Meow Wolf for District residents, and discounted admission to the children’s museum for residents of Wards 4 and 5. The project will break ground in early 2020 with a completion in the third quarter of 2020. Further phases will have applications filed in 2024 and the end of 2030.