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The Shaw-Howard University proposal is centered among one of the most dynamic DC neighborhoods and a world-class university.

Situated within the broader U Street, Shaw, and Howard University areas, the development sites are steeped in music, cultural, and educational history at the heart of the African-American community. The revival of Shaw and U Street has transformed it into a destination neighborhood for retail, restaurants, restored theaters, and a thriving nightlife scene for a young and diverse population. The Howard University sites offer substantial Georgia Avenue frontage and serene areas adjacent to a moderate density residential neighborhood. Amazon HQ2 would be at the center of the Shaw neighborhood, an authentic DC place for Amazonians to feel at home in the mix of old and new, quaint and eclectic, food and fun. 

 
 
 
 

Campus

6.0M SQ FT

Phase 1 (2019) 586,000 SF
(A) Howard Town Center 586,000
Phase 2 (2020) 1.3 M SF
(B) Lot 3 805,000
(C) East Towers Lot 538,000
Phase 3 (2020) 822,000 SF
(D) DCHFA 44,000-236,000
(E) Reeves Center 220,000-586,000
Phase 4 (Expansion site) 3.3M SF
(F) Future + Health Care 2.9-3.3M
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Shaw-Howard University | HQ2 Phase 1

howard town center

Owner: Howard University
Address: 2112-2114 Georgia Ave NW
Description: Existing buildings are vacant and require substantial rehabilitation
Square Feet: 586,000
Completion: 2019
Current Zoning: Mixed Use: Medium Density Residential & Commercial
Zoning Needs: No changes needed, matter of right
Historic Preservation: Designated historic
Utility Infrastructure: Utility infrastructure is present in adjacent rights-of-way, but may require class of service upgrades to support the scale of new development

 
 
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Shaw-Howard University | HQ2 Phase 2

east towers lot

Owner: Howard University
Address: N/A
Description: Parking Lot
Square Feet: 538,000
Completion: 2020
Current Zoning: Mixed Use: Medium Density Residential & Commercial
Zoning Needs: No changes needed, matter of right
Historic Preservation: None
Utility Infrastructure: Utility infrastructure is present in adjacent rights-of-way, but may require class of service upgrades to support the scale of new development

 
 
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Shaw-Howard University | HQ2 Phase 2

LOT 3 

Owner: Howard University
Address: N/A
Description: Parking Lot
Square Feet: 805,000
Completion: 2020
Current Zoning: MU-10: Mixed Use Medium Density Residential & Commercial
Zoning Needs: No changes needed, matter of right
Historic Preservation: None
Utility Infrastructure: Utility infrastructure is present in adjacent rights-of-way, but may require class of service upgrades to support the scale of new development

 
 
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Shaw-Howard University | HQ2 Phase 3

REEVES  

Owner: DC Government
Address: 2000 14th St NW
Description: Existing building is Class B office
Square Feet: 220,000-586,000
Completion: 2022
Current Zoning: ARTS-4; Mixed Use: Medium Density Residential & Commercial
Current Zoning: Need Future Land Use Map change for higher end of range
Historic Preservation: Designated historic; review can be parallel to zoning process
Utility Infrastructure: Utility infrastructure is present in adjacent rights-of-way, but may require class of service upgrades to support the scale of new development

 
 
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Shaw-Howard University | HQ2 Phase 3

DCHFA 

Owner: DC Government
Address: 815 Florida Ave NW
Description: Existing building is Class C office
Square Feet: 44,000-236,000
Completion: 2022
Current Zoning: ARTS-2; Mixed Use: Medium Density Residential & Commercial
Current Zoning: Need Future Land Use Map change for higher end of range
Historic Preservation: Designated historic; review can be parallel to zoning process
Utility Infrastructure: Utility infrastructure is present in adjacent rights-of-way, but may require class of service upgrades to support the scale of new development

 
 
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Shaw-Howard University | HQ2 Phase 4

howard university hospital site & future redevelopment 

Owner: Howard University
Address: N/A
Description: Existing Hospital facility was built in 1975 and is in fair condition, also includes parking lots
Square Feet: 2,900,000-3,300,000
Completion: Expansion site
Current Zoning: MU-10: Mixed Use Medium Density Residential & Commercial
Current Zoning: Matter of right
Historic Preservation: N/A
Utility Infrastructure: Utility infrastructure is present in adjacent rights-of-way, but may require class of service upgrades to support the scale of new developmentd

 
 

In the heart of DC’s vibrant and culturally-rich neighborhood, Shaw is embedded with a world-class university and cultural and entertainment venues within the northwest quadrant of the District. It’s walkable to downtown as well as some of the most exciting nightlife, music, and culinary destinations in the District.

 
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Special Feature

 
 
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7th/Georgia Ave & U Street

Shaw’s primary business and social hub. Home to community tech leaders, In3 the city’s inclusive incubation space, and Howard University’s new Interdisciplinary Research Building.

Surrounded by dozens of new retail locations, including food markets and local cafes.

 

 

Housing & Recreation

 
 
 

Cultural, historic, & hip neighborhoods

Shaw, a vibrant, hip neighborhood of historic rowhouses, cultural and entertainment venues, and urban apartments and condos, sits in the northwest quadrant of the District. It is walkable to downtown as well as some of the most exciting nightlife, music, and culinary destinations in the District.

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0-.5 mi .5-1 mi 1-3 mi
Population 25,157 84,157 375,101
Male 52% 51% 49%
Female 48% 49% 51%
High School Graduate + 88% 91% 92%
Bachelor’s Degree + 63% 70% 66%
Graduate/Professional Degree 34% 39% 37%
 
 
0-.5 mi .5-1 mi 1-3 mi
Households (HH) 13,030 44,030 13,030
Average HH Size 1.9 1.8 2.0
Owner-occupied 30% 32% 37%
Renter-occupied 70% 69% 63%
Median HH value $679,816 $606,526 $595,587
Average HH income $119,008 $117,052 $114,720
Median HH income $89,312 $89,312 $81,735
HH income less than $50K 32% 32% 33%
HH income $50-75K 10% 12% 13%
HH income $75K+ 58% 56% 54%
 
 
 
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Neighborhood feel, entertainment, & retail abounds

Shaw sizzles with hip shops and eateries at The Shay and Atlantic Plumbing complexes with cafes like Compass Coffee and La Columbe, indie and chain stores, and dining options that run the gamut from The Dabney, The Red Hen, and Thally Restaurant.

 
 
 

40

NEW RETAILERS ADDED IN 2016

3

METRORAIL EXITS

1 mi

TO WHOLE FOODS, TRADER JOES, & CITYMARKET AT O

 
 

Live music & events

 
 

4

HISTORIC VENUES & SPORTS ARENAS

1 mi

FROM DC CITY CENTER

14th & U

CENTRAL TO VIBRANT CULTURAL & COMMERCIAL CORRIDORS

 
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Transportation & Connectivity

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Urban neighborhoods

  • Shaw
     
  • Pleasant Plains
     
  • LeDroit Park

Adjacent neighborhoods

  • U Street Corridor
     
  • Columbia Heights
     
  • Bloomingdale
     
  • Park View
 
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Proximity to airports

DCA

  • 22 minutes by train

BWI

  • 80 minutes by train

IAD

  • 70 minutes by train

Proximity to major highways/arterials

  • Positioned on US Route 29 (Georgia Avenue)
  • 0.2 miles from US Route 1 (Rhode Island Avenue)
  • 1.1 miles to Interstate 395/695 
  • 4.6 miles to Interstate 295 (beltway)
  • 5.1 miles to Interstate 66
  • 7.1 miles to Interstate 495 (beltway)

Nearby retail

  • Located within 1/2 mile of vibrant U Street Corridor and is situated on the emerging 7th Street/Georgia Avenue Corridor
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Shaw - Howard University 

Neighborhood

 
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22%

POPULATION GROWTH WITHIN
HALF-MILE

40

NEW RETAILERS OPENED IN 2016

4,692

AVERAGE WEEKDAY METRORAIL EXITS AT SHAW/HOWARD U. METRO STATION

 
 
 

18,246

AVERAGE MONTHLY CAPITAL
BIKESHARE ARRIVALS

4

NUMBER OF CONCERT VENUES IN THE AREA

$119,008

AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME
WITHIN A HALF-MILE