DC’s New Downtown East of the River

You keeping up with everything happening at the corner of Minnesota Avenue and Benning Road? A big mixed-use project just delivered, an out-of-town investor is spending big bucks on a shopping center down the street, and Ward 7 will soon have the critical mass it’s long pined for. (Even the traffic light is changing, though that happens every 60 seconds or so.)

Yesterday, we snapped McCullough Construction’s Tom McCullough and developer Chris Donatelli outside their newest effort: Park 7, a 376-unit affordable housing project at Minnesota and Benning. Chris tells us the addition of new housing product and 20k SF of retail—combined with improvements Katz Properties is making to nearby East River Park Shopping Center—is why city officials are deeming the corner of Minnesota and Benning “the downtown of Ward 7.” Chris and partner Blue Skye Development are using Park 7 to make up for a lack of sit-down restaurants—having already signed Sala Thai for the building, with more concepts on the way.

The first residents moved in to Park 7 (which utilized low-income housing tax credits) last week; Chris and Tom tell us the total project cost was approximately $62M. In large part due to the arrival of Park 7, Katz bought East River Park in 2012 (aerial here, a reminder that if the bank doesn’t give you a loan, a commiserative pizza is just steps away) for $34M. It immediately made exterior upgrades to the Safeway-anchored project. According to Katz’s website, it’s almost 100% leased with only a few small spaces available.

The DC Department of Employment Services HQ—which sits in between Park 7 and the Minnesota Avenue Metro—has also been a big driver since it delivered in 2010. The 229k SF building houses 700 employees, adding even more bodies to one of the most highly trafficked locations in the city.

“What makes McCullough Construction special is that they hold themselves to very high standards in everything that they undertake. They pay very close attention to detail during all phases of a project — and this includes pre-construction planning and post-construction punch-out. Aside from the actual physical construction, the individuals there have the highest level of honesty and integrity. We look forward to working with McCullough on many projects in the future.”

- Chris Donatelli, Donatelli Development

“McCullough Construction, LLC has performed several major renovations for our firm over the past eight years. The majority of these projects included a complete replacement of building mechanical and electrical systems. Their work has been superior, completed within the project schedule and within budget. We would not hesitate to have McCullough Construction work on any future projects and would highly recommend them.”

– Richard S. Cohen, Willco Companies

“McCullough played a key role in transforming a vacant lot into a distinctive Class A Office and Retail project in the heart of historic Annapolis, MD. They successfully addressed the many challenges of the project site and thrived in the urban environment. The City of Annapolis Mayor’s office called several times during the project’s construction to applaud McCullough efforts in minimizing any interference with the public and adjacent businesses. Tom McCullough’s personal involvement from pre-construction through closeout added confidence to the entire project team.”

- Craig Pittinger, Siena Corporation

“McCullough Construction, LLC recently completed a major renovation of our hotel in Washington, DC. The work took place in a fully operational hotel and included the renovation of structural, mechanical and plumbing systems. This project was a “fast track” project and McCullough Construction’s work was on time and under budget.”

- Perry Parker, Red Roof Inn

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