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The SeVerna + SeVerna On K

Washington, D.C.


Mission First Development


226,600 sf


Green Communities


New Construction


193 units

Before the construction of SeVerna and SeVerna on K, the previous development fell into disarray after unsuccessful property management. The District purchased the land in 2005, temporarily relocated the existing residents, and jumpstarted the “New Communities” plan in an effort to rebuild new housing for new and existing residents.

The SeVerna and SeVerna on K are situated in the heart of NoMA, a vibrant, multi-generational community where residents have quality housing options, economic opportunities and access to exceptional human services. The two buildings, The SeVerna and SeVerna on K, revitalized an entire block and activated busy pedestrian routes between housing, schools, retail and transportation hubs.

With the completion of The SeVerna and SeVerna on K, many displaced residents have returned to the site to enjoy new amenities, access to transit, proximity to new schools, a library and a recreation center.

The SeVerna 

The first phase of development began at the corner of L Street and 1st Street Northwest. The SeVerna is 74,000 square feet in total, and includes 48 mid-rise units and 12 two-over-two stacked townhomes. 

SeVerna on K 

Facing K Street Northwest, The SeVerna on K was developed in Phase II and consists of a 152,600 square-foot, 9 story apartment building. The new construction includes 133 units, a rooftop garden, a penthouse club room, and an underground garage. 


The SeVerna and SeVerna on K provides housing for both prior residents of the site and a new generation of young professionals migrating to the revitalized area. Creating market-rate quality in an income-restricted environment, the new buildings promote stewardship and accountability within the community.

The SeVerna’s more traditional aesthetic, which includes two-over-two townhome-style units on L Street, is complemented by the sleek exterior of SeVerna on K. This development provides abundant amenities and common areas for residents to promote social interaction and community building.

Closing Thoughts

The complex’s two phases create an urban courtyard and streetscape, forming an architectural bridge between the area’s varying scales of development and the adjacent Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood.


1st Place, New Construction, Architecture Design Award

Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County