In the spring of 2015, Brandywine REIT bought the land at Half and M Streets, SE, to develop with former landowner Akridge the already planned office building for the site. In early 2016 an updated design was revealed
, which dropped the square footage from 270,000 sf to 247,000 sf. No timeline has so far been announced. At left is JBG's planned residential/retail building
, and at right is the planned new headquarters for the National Association of Broadcasters
. One block to the south is the Centerfield Gate entrance to Nationals Park.
May 6, 2008 - A similar view to the above rendering, showing the western side of Half Street between M and N (across from the Navy Yard Metro entrance) was home to WMATA's Southeastern Bus Garage operations until March 2008. Monument Realty negotiated for a long time to gain control of this land to develop it; but in Sept. 2007 WMATA awarded the sale of the 97,000-acre site (including an adjacent parking lot) to the John Akridge Development Company for what was a winning bid of $69.25 million. However....
August 5, 2017
- The same location, with the garage three years gone and the Fairgrounds container market in place. After Monument sued WMATA over the bidding process for the site, an out-of-court settlement was reached in June 2008 that gave Akridge the right to buy the bus garage and Monument the right to buy the parking lot across from the garage on Van Street. Both deals were closed in late August 2008, with Akridge paying $49.5 million for the bus garage site.
June 2007 - The bus garage's facade along M Street, looking east from Van Street, about a year before it was sold.
August 5, 2017
- The same location, with the garage long gone, 55 M Street
looming across Half Street at left, and the Fairgrounds shipping containers in place.
September 29, 2007 - What the middle of the block looked like for a long long time, showing the considerable frontage of the bus garage along Half Street. The entrance to the Navy Yard Metro station is at far right, near the yellow crane.
April 3, 2012 - A zoomed version of the same location, with the shipping containers of the "Fairgrounds" in place.
Another rendering from 2008, showing 25 M on the right, and a second office building on the left that is now on land bought from Akridge by JBG, where a large residential project is planned