Highline at Union Market

Rendering: Eric Colbert & Associates

A new 315-unit project inspired by New York’s High Line is in the railworks near Union Market.

Level 2 Development, in partnership with Clark Enterprises Inc., has filed a Planned Unit Development Application to build a mixed-use development at 320 Florida Avenue NE, Urban Turf reported. The site is currently occupied by a Burger King.

The new building, named The Highline at Union Market, will have 8,400 square feet of retail, with a green roof, 143 parking spaces and 105 bicycle spaces. Eric Colbert & Associates will design the project with warehouse-style windows and a boxy, industrial-framed facade, incorporating riveted steel supports reclaimed from old rail cars — in line with the aesthetic of New York’s famous elevated park on a former freight rail line.

The developer purchased the site for approximately $8.8 million in July, the Washington Business Journal reported.

“It’s important to us to maintain the character of Union Market District,” Level 2 Principal David Franco told the Journal. “We wanted something that was a nod to both the warehouse industrial usage and, at the same time, pays homage to the railroad, the rail tracks adjacent to this site.”

Groundbreaking is anticipated for late 2016.

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