Alexandria to weigh new development for a Route 1 site that hasn’t changed since 1945

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Original article by Bisnow, Michal Neibauer, August 31, 2018

A big change is coming to a triangular piece of land in Alexandria that hasn’t changed much at all in more than 70 years.

The 0.8-acre site at 1200 N. Henry St., less than a half mile north of the Braddock Road Metro station, was built up with one- and two-story industrial buildings in 1945, according to an Alexandria staff report. The proposal slated for review by the city’s Planning Commission on Tuesday would replace those uses with a 115-unit multifamily building — including 11 affordable units — a 10,000-square-foot day care center, ground-floor retail and 137 underground parking spaces.

The applicant, 1200 N. Henry Street LLC, is an entity of Avanti Holdings Group. Alexandria-based Avanti, led by principals Teddy Kim (he of The People’s Drug and Chop Shop Taco), Keinan Ashkenaziand Greg Salvaggio, has largely tackled smaller warehouse-to-office conversions and retail projects to this point. This will be its largest endeavor to date.

Designed by Davis Carter Scott Ltd., the seven-story building has a triangular footprint and rises to a maximum height of 85 feet along the western edge, where it is closest to the Braddock Gateway campus and a planned extension of North Fayette Street. A 20-foot high retail podium would front Route 1.

The site, where North Henry and North Patrick streets begin, is just south of the Route 1 bridge carrying traffic toward Potomac Yard. It is really the first thing drivers see as they come south toward Old Town. City planners, who recommend approval, say the proposed development offers “high-quality architectural design with a signature gateway element” at its northern entrance, a publicly accessible plaza, underground utilities and a $20,000 contribution to Alexandria’s Capital Bike Share Fund.

Cathy Puskar with Walsh Colucci Lubeley & Walsh PC is the LLC’s land use attorney.

Alexandria Warehouse Sells for More Than $6 Million

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NAI KLNB brokers sales of 35,000 square foot warehouse building in Alexandria to Saxa Realty Group, LLC.

ALEXANDRIA, VA — NAI KLNB has brokered the sale of a two-story 35,000 square foot warehouse building on Calvert Avenue in Alexandria for $6.075 million.

Josh Simon, principal with NAI KLNB, represented the seller, Avanti Real Estate Group. The buyer, Saxa Realty Group, LLC was self-represented. The building was 100 percent leased and occupied by four tenants at the time of the sale.

Located at 410-420 Calvert Avenue (see map below), the building features 16.5-foot ceiling heights, four roll-up doors and two internal loading docks. The building is situated on Jefferson Davis Highway in the Potomac Yard area, and is approximately two miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and less than 10 miles from downtown Washington, D.C.

“When we acquired this asset approximately three years ago, our strategy consisted of a long-term hold in order to execute a development plan within the next seven to 10 years,” explained Teddy Kim, principal of Avanti Real Estate Group, in a news release announcing the deal. “These plans changed when we were presented with an offer representing a sub 6 percent capitalization rate, in an off-market scenario, and we made the decision to dispose the property.”

Avanti Real Estate Group, headquartered in Alexandria, is preparing to acquire two sites in the Old Town area, with additional projects expected to be added into the development pipeline this year. In addition to Kim, Avanti Real Estate Group was founded and is owned by Keinan Ashkenazi and Greg Salvaggio.

“We continue to seek viable opportunities, particularly those positioned within the Capital Beltway region and close to our home base in Alexandria, that match our specificm acquisition criteria,” Kim added. “Our group is extremely well-capitalized and, together with the guidance of NAI KLNB, we intend to remain aggressive in our search for suitable properties.”

“Saxa Realty Group was actively seeking a value-add opportunity to initiate a real estate program within the Washington, D.C. marketplace,” explained Josh Simon of NAI KLNB. “They were attracted, in part, by the neighboring development that is set to occur at the Oakville Industrial Park. Based on the existing tenancy of the building and the future development potential, this represented an excellent acquisition for the company.”

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