A shared commitment to sustainable design and transit oriented development is how Sheridan Station began. The project is the redevelopment of a failed public housing development one block from the Anacostia Metro.
Phase I represents a $27 million investment in the neighborhood. It consists of 104 units of multifamily housing (fully leased), 26 homeownership condominiums (sold), an on-site medical clinic , fitness center, and computer lounge.
Sheridan Station is the first multifamily development in DC to achieve LEED Platinum designation and contains the largest privately-owned solar photovoltaic system in the city. At 100 kilowatts, the roof top system produces 100,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year to offset up to 40% of the annual electric costs for the building’s common areas. An onsite monitor provides residents a realtime visual of the system’s daily production.
Previously, the site was isolated from Sheridan road by a retaining wall along the front of the site. Given the topographical challenges on the site, the use of retaining walls was a necessity. The new design allows the buildings become the retaining walls wherever possible. Careful and sensitive site design created a walk able urban street and a series of mews encourage new pedestrian connections. Highly sophisticated storm water management system comprised of hydrodynamic separators, bio-retention areas, X-filtration areas, permeable pavers, and underground rain cistern and green roof/rain garden terrace. These measures not only mitigate storm water issues on the site but also protect the Anacostia River.
The site’s location along the Suitland Parkway is a gateway to the nation’s capital for anyone approaching from the south. For a decade the site contained vacant, boarded up buildings, overgrown vegetation, and trash strewn hillsides. What was then a reminder of the worst of the city’s times is now an attractive, vibrant community.