In the heart of DC’s Shaw neighborhood sits the two block development, CityMarket at O. The complex has been able to fuse a hip, modern feel while retaining the historical feel of the neighborhood. The one-million square foot project features 87,000 square feet of retail, over 600 residential units, and over 500 parking spaces. The project is looking to revitalize the Shaw neighborhood, one of Washington’s oldest districts.
The O aims to be the best of urban living. Rooftops boast an infinity pool, a dog park, a lounge and fire pits. It even has its own grocery store. No need for a car when you live within a two-minute walk to the Metro. Although, I’m not sure you’d ever have to leave. An on-site dog groomer will tend to all of Fido’s needs. As for human residents, they can take advantage of the City Fit Gym & Spa – a spacious clubbed equipped with the newest equipment as well as yoga and cycling studios. If you must leave to, oh I don’t know, go to work, grab a cup of complimentary coffee at the Espresso Lounge on your way out.
The development boasts 650 residential units — 90 of which are affordable senior living, dedicated to current long-time residents of the neighborhood. The other units are composed of market-rate apartments and high-end condos. There are also 182 Cambria Suite hotel rooms.
CityMarket at O has been touted as creating major economic benefits for the surrounding community. For starters, it estimated it would produce up to 390 full-time jobs, not counting the estimated 500 construction jobs created during production. Roadside Development has also said it is committed to giving back to the neighborhood in a variety of ways. The team has given over a quarter of a million dollars to the neighborhood in the form of scholarships, donations and amenities to local resident programs. Additionally, both Roadside Development and retail locations committed to recruiting and hiring Shaw residents for CityMarket at O.
The development has likely contributed to increasing property values for locals in an area that was already booming. A recent study examining housing trends found that the ZIP codes covering Shaw, Ledroit Park, Bloomingdale, Columbia Heights, Mt. Pleasant, and Logan Circle are three of the top twenty fastest gentrifying ZIP codes in the entire country.