In the ultimate of adaptive reuse scenarios, BrookRose Development and Brick Lane are creating luxury condominiums in what was the former factory of perhaps the world’s earliest helicopters. The Washington, D.C., project – aptly named The Helicopter Factory – is in the North Shaw neighborhood in Northeast D.C.
The development will convert three original historic warehouses comprising 28,000 square feet into 15 units, and Curbed reports that the largest is a 5,100 square foot, two-and-a-half level fully-converted single warehouse with a rooftop deck. Curbed also says that six industrial-style warehouses comprising 13 loft units will be developed on what now is a surface parking lot.
“This is an interesting and high impact re-use of an industrial site. The developers are fortunate to have developed a strong vision and story to capitalize on the cool history of these warehouses. […],” said Gerard DiRuggiero in a post by the brokerage firm Urban Land Company.
Construction on the project started in January. Bisnow reports that Brook Rose acquired the property in January 2014 for $1.9 million. Brick Lane recently purchased the site for $3.95 million and retained BrookRose as a partner.
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Kathryn Hamilton, CAE, is Vice President for Marketing and Communications at NAIOP Corporate.