Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Giant deal complete for 3rd & H, groundbreaking for Steuart Development this Spring

Great news from Councilmember Tommy Wells.  The expected deal with Giant to anchor the new Steuart Development at 3rd & H Street NE is complete and groundbreaking on the new residential mixed use building will occur this Spring with the store expected to open within two years.  This should help spur construction at other coming development sites, including the 200 block of H, the 600 block of H, and the recently approved redevelopment of the H Street Connection between 8th & 10th Sts.  Press releases from Councilmember Wells and Steuart Development follow.

H Development Announces Agreement to Bring Giant Store to Corridor

Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells shared news today that Giant grocery stores and Steuart Investment Company have signed a lease to bring the grocer to the 3rd and H Street NE redevelopment project. "This is a great next step in the revitalization of the H Street Corridor,” stated Wells.

He added, “I’m excited that Giant has been exploring more urban and transit-oriented store designs and I’m eager to see Steuart and Giant deliver on a vision that embraces the new streetcar and the proximity to Union Station. The new grocer will encompass approximately 41,000 square feet of first floor retail space, and the overall development will include additional street-level retail space and 215 housing units, including 18 affordable units.

"Much like we’ve seen with other grocers in Ward 6, these stores not only bring new shopping choices for a neighborhood, but they are also job generators that draw heavily from the immediate area,” noted Wells.

According to the development team, a groundbreaking may take place as early as this spring and based on the current development plan, the new Giant will be open for business during the first quarter of 2013.

November 2, 2010
Guy Steuart

360º H Street Advances Another Step Closer to Reality
A mixed-use project slated for development at the intersection of 3rd and H Streets, NE in Washington, DC has advanced one step closer to reality this week with the signing of a long-term anchor lease by Landover, Md-based Giant Food. The project, called 360º H Street, is a nearly 290,000-square-foot, LEED certified development by Steuart Investment Company and features street-level retail topped by 215 first-class rental units. Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc. of Silver Spring is the architect.
The 360º H Street development is a part of the massive revitalization of the entire H Street, NE corridor that has been underway, in earnest, since 2002. The 61,000-square-foot site is a collection of real estate parcels, some of which have been owned by Steuart for many years, assembled to create one, contiguous development site. The retail portion of the development will encompass 43,000 square feet, to include the 41,200-square-foot Giant Food, as well as a 1,500-square-foot retail bay on the east end of the site. Additionally, the development will include two floors of subterranean parking, with one floor, or 125 spaces, reserved for retail customers. Construction is slated to begin next spring.

The new Giant at 360º H Street will be a full-service and convenience-oriented store, featuring a wide variety of freshly-prepared meal options, in addition to the normal selection of grocery items. The entrance to the store will be situated directly at the corner of 3rd and H Streets, with easy accessibility from the Union Station Metro, as well as a stop on the new DC Streetcar line, scheduled to be in operation in 2012. This will be Giant’s first store in the H Street corridor.  Based on the current development plan, the 360º H Street Giant will be open for business during the first quarter of 2013.

We could not be more pleased that Giant has committed to anchor this development,” said Guy Steuart, president of Steuart Investment Company. “Our vision for 360º H Street is one of ‘convenient urban living’, and with Giant we’ve partnered with a grocer embracing smart development and top-quality customer service, too. The future on-site residents, as well as those in the surrounding neighborhood, will benefit greatly from the accessibility of this grocery store.” JBG Rosenfeld Retail’s Bob Schwenger represented Steuart in the deal with Giant.

The residential component of 360º H Street features five floors of studio, one-bedroom, one-bedroom plus den, and two-bedroom units, including 18 affordable units distributed throughout the project. Each of the units will include an island kitchen, approximately nine-foot ceilings throughout, hardwood floors, and either a balcony or terrace, to name just a few of the details. Community amenities include an internal courtyard above the grocery store, a fitness club and community room with access to the courtyard, as well as a rooftop terrace and 145 spaces of resident-only parking below the development. Steuart anticipates the first residents moving in during the spring of 2013.


  1. This is a major compromise on the part of having a Giant instead of a better grocery. Years ago when the re-development of H Street started there were sights set on a Fresh Fields coming to this location. We worked hard to keep the planned BP station from taking this corner. I am surprised that the standards have now been lowered to include another Giant in this area. Although I do appreciate the fact that H Street is coming back. It was not originally planned to comprised of so many bars. But more shops and boutiques, and places that the locals and visitor would be drawn to support.

  2. This is great news. I can't wait to see them break ground there.

  3. Pretty excited for some of the run down bussiness near the Giant to go away. Like the liquor store on 3rd and H and that dilapidated deli on 3rd and K. They're both throwbacks to H street in the early 90's.

  4. Giant can actually be a decent grocery store in an upscale neighborhood. It's just that they usually don't give a toss when it comes to serving low-income neighborhoods.

  5. This is excellent news, and will be the beginning of the transformation of H Street. Yes, development can happen in small ways with new restaurants, bars and cafes but until large scale development comes in to increase density and bring in sweeping change nothing major will happen. This is great news! Why cant they break ground sooner?!?!

  6. Giant finally breaking ground is great news. Would prefer it all to happen sooner however c'est la vie. Seen several posts lamenting not getting a Whole Foods. I live in the area and many young professionals and working class people I have spoken with said that WP would be great but for daily or weekly shopping a Giant or HT is more practical for their budgets.

  7. I agree. We need a regular supermarket where we can get everyday items, like a Coke, and Whole Foods doesn't supply that. The tyranny of their selections and price structure means that you have to prepare to fork over half your paycheck just to have something to eat, clean your apt, etc., and god forbid you want something that's not organic. Whole Foods can come later. A Giant, to me, is a much better middle-ground alternative and a far cry from that freakshop called Murrys!

  8. Good news! Thanks to Tommy Wells and the others who helped make this happen.

    Does anybody have any idea what other retailers are likely to be housed there? We could use other "practical" stores that sell the basics of living -- reasonably priced pharmaceuticals, clothes, household items, etc.. I hope the rest of the space won't be used for more pricey boutique-like places, which already take up too much space at Union Station.

  9. GIANT needs to NuVal their product line!

  10. what's happening at 3rd and H in 2012? Its a great area now, but I haven't been back to see what's happening lately!