Upscale residential building nears completion

Upscale residential building nears completion

By Katie Callahan (File image)

As redevelopment heats up along Alexandria’s waterfront, one riverside project is winding down.

Residents will begin moving into Oronoco Waterfront Residences by the month’s end, which will mark the first addition to housing stock along the city’s Potomac shoreline in 12 years. Forty-eight of the 119 Oronoco St. building’s 60 one-level condominiums have sold, fetching between $1.6 and $4.5 million each.

Owned by regional real estate heavyweight EYA, the building has undergone years of renovation work. Once home of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association, it has been transformed into what A.J. Jackson, EYA senior vice president, describes as a unique and grand residential building.

“Our goal is to really bring something to the waterfront that we don’t think exists today, which is expansive, one-level living and then access to all the amenities of Old Town,” Jackson said.

Potential buyers can choose between a two-bedroom condominium, a two-bedroom with a library, three-bedroom and a three-bedroom with library or family room. The largest option offers 3,500 square feet while outdoor terraces measure up to 1,000 square feet.

Faced with a choice between cramming in more units or taking advantage of expansive waterfront views, EYA’s architects chose the latter, company representatives said. The decision also let them include high ceilings in the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certified building.

Among the amenities are a lobby with a concierge desk, 24-hour security, a heated outdoor pool, an outdoor bathhouse and kitchen, a fitness center with yoga room, a children’s playroom, a meeting room, a dog washing station and a bicycle storage area. Residents also have access to two garage spaces and a private storage room.

Construction on the building should be completed by the end of the summer, company officials said.

Though perhaps the first major redevelopment project on the Potomac shoreline in years, EYA’s riverside undertaking was overshadowed by the passionate waterfront plan debate. While other projects along the river’s edge have garnered headlines and drawn the ire of neighbors and activists, the Oronoco quietly underwent extensive renovations.

Though not specifically targeted by the waterfront plan, which was approved after years of discussion and litigation, EYA also offered to help beautify the area, city officials said in 2012.