Carr Properties says construction starting this year on Old Town North development and dance nonprofit home

901 N. Pitt Street rendering (image courtesy The Carr Properties)

(Updated 7:50 p.m.) An anticipated new development in Old Town North could be kicking off in the next few months.

Austin Flajser, President and CEO of The Carr Companies, said development is getting started on preparing to start development on 901 N. Pitt Street, with the project construction starting later this year.

“You may have noticed the erection of construction fencing around 901 N. Pitt Street and wondered what is in store for the neighborhood,” Flajser wrote. “901 N. Pitt St., designed and entitled by Carr Companies and being developed by Carr Properties, is beginning some site work ahead of the start of construction later this year.”

Flajser said “minor tweaks” were made to help get the project off the ground, but it’s largely unchanged from the original plan. Carr Properties told ALXnow the design changes were not minor.

The plan is to build a 250,000 square foot residential building with 234 apartment units, ranging from studios to three-bedroom units. One-third of those units will have a view of the Potomac River. The project will include below-grade parking, 15,800 square feet of outdoor space, and 7,000 square feet of ground floor retail.

“Leveraging decades of expertise in developing premium quality office properties across our core markets, we continue to diversify our portfolio and extend our commitment to excellence by creating this differentiated living experience in Alexandria,” said Oliver Carr, CEO at Carr Properties. “Old Town is a highly sought after market in the DC-area, characterized by its exceptional walkability, historic neighborhood character, vibrant restaurant scene, and proximity to desirable business and entertainment hubs.”

Flajser said that the retail will be build along Montgomery Street to connect to the “neighborhood’s primary retail corridor.”

The big headlining feature of the new development is CityDance, which is expected to move into the building as the arts anchor tenant, part of ongoing and somewhat troubled efforts to get the Old Town North arts district going.

Flajser wrote that construction is expected to start in fall 2024 to be completed in late 2026.