After many years of anticipation, developer Greystar has finally filed a preliminary site plan for the “Landmark Block”.
The plan seeks to replace the aging, low-slung buildings near the Courthouse Metro that include the former Cosi, Boston Market, Jerry’s Subs restaurants, and the current Summers Restaurant and Mattress Warehouse, with a 20-story residential tower. Greystar is proposing to build a 210-foot tall building with 418 residential units and around 400,000 square feet of total floor space.
The plan also calls for a three-level underground parking garage that would have space for 418 bikes and 224 cars, including 60 vehicle parking spots for visitors. There would also be a second-floor pool, a rooftop deck, ground-floor retail space, and penthouse apartments on the 20th floor. According to Greystar, the building would meet LEED Gold certification requirements and the entire project would include a community benefits package with affordable housing and public art contributions, as well as “recognition of historic features and buildings,” among other things to be negotiated as part of the site plan process.
Five years ago, a planning process suggested that some of the building facades on the block would be preserved. The Envision Courthouse Square process also envisioned the Landmark Block redevelopment as being to the north of what could eventually become “Courthouse Square,” a large green park with underground parking below.
Though Greystar is listed as the applicant in county documents, affiliates of JBG Smith are listed as the owners of the underlying properties.