Real Estate Developer Foulger-Pratt Plans Self-Storage Facility for Eckington Area of Washington, DC

Real estate development firm Foulger-Pratt intends to build a five-story self-storage facility in the Eckington neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The company is under contract to purchase a narrow, 0.85-acre lot at 72 Florida Ave. N.E., with plans to replace the former Herson Glass building with a 144,067-square-foot storage project. Though the facility can be built as high as 148,540 square feet by right, the developer must still undergo a large-tract review because the project’s gross floor area exceeds 50,000 square feet, according to the source.

Real estate development firm Foulger-Pratt intends to build a five-story self-storage facility in the Eckington neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The company is under contract to purchase a narrow, 0.85-acre lot at 72 Florida Ave. N.E., with plans to replace the former Herson Glass building with a 144,067-square-foot storage project. Though the facility can be built as high as 148,540 square feet by right, the developer must still undergo a large-tract review because the project’s gross floor area exceeds 50,000 square feet, according to the source.

The storage facility would include a large mural on the exterior wall facing Florida Avenue. The site, wedged between two properties owned by XM Satellite Radio, is near several hotel, residential and retail projects that are either in the planning phase or under construction. The neighborhood development boom includes a bevy of small, multi-family residential units, the source reported.

Though the glass company closed two years ago, the property has been owned by the Herson Family for nearly 90 years. The existing single-story structure is rented by development firm The Bush Cos., which is using it as a leasing center for a 182-unit Lexicon condominium complex it’s building nearby.

Foulger-Pratt is also developing a mixed-use property including residential and retail space in Eckington. Founded in 1963, the company specializes in mixed-use, transit-oriented projects throughout the Washington, D.C., metro area, according to its website. It has developed more than 15 million square feet of commercial office, multi-family residential and retail space.

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