The Hatton DC

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Change of plans: The JBG Companies’ Hatton project will be marketed as rentals, not condos.

The 91-unit building at 1921 Eighth Street NW was previously slated to open for sales, starting from the high $300,000s. Instead, the apartments will be merged with The Shay, a 154-unit rental at 1924 Eighth Street NW, the Washington Business Journal reported.

Combining The Hatton and The Shay makes sense; Curbed has noted the similarities between the two structures, from nearly identical kitchen renderings to the same font on both websites; The Hatton had a slogan of “An Evolved Style of Living,” whereas the latter’s was “An Evolved Style of Life.”

Like Pangaea*, the two buildings were originally one development; JBG first pitched The Shay as a 245-unit rental with two towers east and west of 8th Street at Florida Avenue. In June 2014, the developer said that the units at the smaller eastern building would be marketed as condos through McWilliams Ballard, along with 2030 Atlantic Plumbing at 2030 Eighth Street NW. Then in mid-December, the company announced that both buildings would be rental.

“We are fortunate that both the rental market and condominium sales market are currently very strong in this submarket,” JBG spokesperson Matt Blocher told the Journal. “We are actively selling condos at our 2030 Eighth Street project, but this is balanced by a longer term, multiphased plan for the submarket.”

The Shay rentals will consist of studios, one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms with a vintage/industrial design, according to the official site. Amenities at the Hatton and Shay buildings include an outdoor swimming pool, landscaped roof decks, outdoor patios with grills and kitchens, lounges, conference room, bike storage and dog-washing station.

*not like Pangaea

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