The Colonel Transforms DC’s Shaw Neighborhood With 70 Luxury Apartments

Symbolizing a milestone in the rapid transformation of Washington, DC’s Shaw neighborhood, The Colonel at 1250 9th Street, NW is nearing completion. Oculus Realty has begun leasing 70 new luxury apartments, ranging from studios to a two-level penthouse. This five-floor, 64,500 square foot building at the corner of 9th and N Streets, NW includes 8,500 SF of street-level retail space.

“This boutique development, like the surrounding neighborhood was named after Civil War Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, who commanded the US Army’s first African American regiment in 1863,” said K. David Meit, CPM® of Oculus Realty, which is leasing and managing the project. “The Colonel offers residents such sought-after amenities as a courtyard with outdoor fireplace, rooftop deck with fire pit, catering kitchen, home theater, garage parking, and controlled access bike room.”

The Colonel’s 70 apartments include 46 one-bedroom units, nine two-bedroom units, and 15 studios and efficiencies. There is one townhouse, several lofts, and many apartments with balconies or terraces. All residences feature nine-foot ceilings, custom cabinetry, ensuite laundry equipment, and GE Artistry appliances. The Colonel is pet-friendly and accepts large breeds (up to 80 pounds).

Three of Washington’s most creative urban developers teamed to develop The Colonel beginning almost four years ago. Douglas Development owned the corner lot at 901 N Street, NW, with a vacant building originally built in 1923. This historic low-rise building housed an automotive repair and supply shop through the 1970s and later hosted apartment dwellers, an urban nursery, and even an underground party venue with indoor skateboarding called “Fight Club.”

In late 2011, CAS Riegler and CityInterests acquired the adjacent L-shaped lot at 1250 9th Street, and then partnered with Douglas Development to combine the two contiguous land parcels and plan a mixed-use development. The Colonel preserves and incorporates the historic building with new construction, subtly balancing historic and modern design elements. PGN Architects of Washington, DC was the project architect.

Located just one block from the Mount Vernon Square/Convention Center Metro station, The Colonel enjoys an unmatched location in the heart of the burgeoning 9th Street corridor, home to the city’s most cutting-edge art galleries, retailers, bars, and restaurant concepts. Residents will be surrounded by Washington’s most popular and highest-rated dining destinations including Rogue 24, Table, Baby Wale, Corduroy, Thally, Brasserie Beck, and Seasonal Pantry. Lost & Found, described by its founder as “Nanny O’Brien’s in Blagden Alley,” opened on November 6 just steps away from The Colonel. Only one block away from The Colonel is the expansive new Giant grocery store at O Street Market, while a few blocks south are the upscale boutiques of City Center along with multiple theaters, restaurants, the new Marriott Marquis, and the Verizon Center.

For leasing information, visit, call 202.803.6078, or email For information about retail leasing, contact John Asadoorian:

Oculus Realty, LLC provides property management and advisory services to private real estate investors in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The firm specializes in the investment and management of boutique apartment communities and small retail centers. Oculus is a licensed real estate broker in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia and an Accredited Management Organization (AMO®) through the Institute of Real Estate Management. For more information, visit

CAS Riegler Companies is a locally-owned real estate development and investment company that creates unique real estate products in urban infill locations, primarily in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, designed to meet the needs of today’s city dwellers, workers, and retail customers.

CityInterests is a fully-integrated real estate firm focused on mixed-use, transit-oriented development. With specific expertise in Washington DC’s emerging neighborhoods, its team of veteran leadership and capable staff bring broad experience in a wide variety of project types — residential, office, retail, hotel, civic and institutional — to maximize value and build thriving communities.

Douglas Development Corporation is one of the leading real estate developers in the Washington area, with a national reputation for redevelopment of historic properties. The company’s well-known projects in the East End of Washington have catalyzed redevelopment of the entire area. Douglas Development has a current portfolio of nearly nine million leasable square feet and over eight million square feet of developable real estate in the pipeline.