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WASHINGTON, DC-Patriot Transportation Holding expects to begin developing phase 1 of a 5.8-acre site that stretches along the Anacostia River within the next two years. The Jacksonville, FL-based firm got the word recently from DC’s Zoning Commission that its planned unit development application received final approval, allowing the company to begin thinking about taking the next steps to bring the project to fruition.

Patriot Transportation will either develop the site–located next to the Washington Nationals Baseball Park–on its own or with a partner, CEO John Baker III tells GlobeSt.com. Davis Buckley Architects and Planners is the architect for the 1.1 million-sf development. According to Baker, the first building to deliver will most likely be an office. At full build-out, the site will have four buildings, with approximately 545,800 sf devoted to office and retail and 569,000-sf to residential and hotel, which will be LEED certified, according to the architect’s website. The development would include publicly accessible open spaces and a waterfront esplanade along the Anacostia River waterfront. The site currently is occupied by a subsidiary of Vulcan Materials Co. under a short-term lease. Baker could not provide development costs for the project.

This project represents new inroads for Patriot Transportation, which has a strong footprint in the warehouse and industrial space, including assets in the Baltimore-Washington Corridor. The Anacostia development, Baker says, will be the firm’s first project in the District itself–and its first office and retail mixed-use project.

Once this project gets underway, undeveloped acreage fronting the Anacostia in DC will become even more scarce. Earlier this month, the District issued a Request for Expressions of Interest for a master developer to redevelop the Hill East neighborhood on the Anacostia–the last major piece of the District’s Anacostia Waterfront Initiative calling for redevelopment, which hasn’t yet been identified for redevelopment.

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