Two years ago, UrbanTurf reported on the sale of the former Medhane Alem Eritrean Church in Bloomingdale. Today, work begins on what will take the place of the church.

A development team of Kadida Development Group, United Investment and Washington Redskin Vernon Davis will break ground today at 150 S Street NW (map) on Gloriana, a collection of eight luxury townhome condominiums. The five-bedroom residences range in size from 2,100-2,400 square feet with private rooftop terraces and rear entry and parking. The development was designed by Arcadia Design and McWilliams|Ballard is handling marketing and sales.

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Vernon Davis has strong ties to Washington, DC, having grown up in Petworth, played football at the University of Maryland and then come back to play for the Washington Redskins in 2016.

“Bloomingdale has experienced something of a renaissance over the past few years,” Davis said in a statement. “While the neighborhood’s Victorian-style rowhouses maintain its turn-of-the-century charm, it has also become the home of many renovations and new developments.”

Gloriana is expected to deliver at the end of 2020.