EDENS has broken ground on a massive retail and residential project in the nation’s capital.Construction will bring more than 30,000 square feet of retail and 432 residential units to 1270 4th Street NE in Washington D.C. at Union Market. The project represents the latest piece of EDENS long-term plans for the Union Market district.
"Union Market now plays an active role in transforming the District into a world-class city, by giving the best creative minds and businesses a place to connect and build community, inspiring them to thrive and stay in DC," said EDENS CEO Jodie W. McLean.
McLean was joined at the project’s groundbreaking ceremony by several luminaries, including D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.
"Three hundred thousand people will move here over the next 20 years, and if we're going to protect the quality of life for all of us who are already here and those thousands moving here, it's important we build quality places for people to live, work, do business and have a wonderful recreational retail opportunity. We think Union Market serves that purpose right here in the heart of Washington D.C.," Bowser said.
As part of the groundbreaking, plans were also introduced for a new culinary destination from renowned Chef Jose Garces. A new Latin marketplace concept will feature dining concepts, shops and food stalls, all of which will tie together the very best that Latin cuisine and culture has to offer.
"We are creating a place to celebrate our unique culture. And what better way to do it than around food. I'm looking forward to adding to the beauty of what has become such a rich dining center," said Garces.
The Latin marketplace will occupy roughly 20,000 square feet of ground-floor space at the project site, and is expected to open in 2018.
The Union Market District as a whole is set to undergo a transformation. Over 8 million square feet of development is planned for the 45-acre district, which is within walking distance of a highly-traveled stop on the DC Metro line. Back in 2012, The Market at Union Market opened to much fanfare, and the acclaimed food market and showcase for artisans regularly attracts crowds numbering in the thousands on weekends.
EDENS has a clear vision in mind for its new project in the District, and that could serve as an intriguing blueprint for future residential and retail combo developments in metro areas across the United States.