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Park Chelsea Apartments
880 New Jersey Ave., SE

Land purchased by WC Smith from the Washington Post in 1999
430ish-unit apartment building; construction begun late 2012, delivery spring 2015

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For more before-and-after photos of the construction from various angles, see the
Park Chelsea Expanded Photo Archive.


  (Left) A rendering of the Park Chelsea apartment building, WC Smith's first project on Square 737, seen here from the intersection of New Jersey and I. It is expected to have 432 units, two pools, a dog exercise area, gym, and green roof garden. Site clearing got underway in early 2012, and WCS is hoping to have the building completed by late 2014.
  June 9, 2014 - The Park Chelsea as seen from the north, now topped out.
January 8, 2012 - The northeast corner of New Jersey and I, the same angle as the rendering, in January 2012, before the trash transfer station was demolished.
  September 28, 2014 - The same angle, with construction now moving along. Click to see all available photos of this location.
  June 9, 2014 - A first peek inside the building, looking at the ground-floor amenity spaces. See this gallery of a June 2014 project tour for more interior shots.
  June 9, 2014 - Park Chelsea fronting the new I Street, now built but probably not opening until the building does in early 2015.
  June 9, 2014 - Standing on the roof during construction, looking down toward the courtyard but also glimpsing the famous neighbor to the north. And the freeway. Note that 800 New Jersey is being built between the Chelsea and the freeway, so this view is temporary.

before
after
Sliding between before and after:
(Left) February 2007 - Looking westward from 2nd Street at I Street. The diagonal Canal Street ran alongside the old trash transfer station, and I Street didn't run through this block. Square 737 is to the right/north.
(Right) April 5, 2014 - The same location, with the new I Street built and the Park Chelsea going vertical.

August 21, 2003 - Looking to the northwest at 2nd and I streets, during the block's life as a parking lot.
  September 6, 2014 - The same location, with construction moving along (and I Street now built too). Click to see all available photos of this location.
July 14, 2005 - Moving away a from the Park Chelsea's lot a bit, to the corner of 2nd Place and K, back when it was just an overgrown parking lot.
July 12, 2014 - The same angle, already vastly changed with the 2012 arrival of Canal Park but soon to have the Park Chelsea (center) changing the vista, too.  Click to see all available photos of this location.
1992 - An overhead photo of Square 737, when it was occupied by a warehouse. The main white building was a beautiful marble-or-limestone turn-of-the-century structure; it was demolished in 2000, and I weep every time I think of how I never got my own photo of it. (Waaaaaah!) From the Library of Congress Historic American Buildings Survey Virginia Avenue Collection.
May 2008 - A similar view of Square 737, this time from on top of 100 I Street in May, 2008. The building at rear is the old Post Plant at 225 Virginia Avenue.
June 26, 2012 - The northwestern corner of the old DPW site known as the trash transfer station sat on the footprint of both the to-be-built I Street and some of the Park Chelsea land, and so it had to be demolished before work could begin on the apartment building and the infrastructure work below. That finally happened in the summer of 2012.
June 26, 2012 - When people described the "deep" infrastructure work that had to be done on Square 737 before construction could start on the Park Chelsea, they weren't kidding.
June 26, 2012 - Looking at the Park Chelsea footprint from the trash transfer station ramp, during demolition. If you have x-ray specs, you can see the Freedom statue on top of the Capitol dome just behind the freeway. This location is where the new I Street will run.
June 26, 2012 - Turning a smidge to look more at the Park Chelsea site, which for a number of years was a parking lot.
July 18, 2006 - Before work began to redevelop Square 767, Canal Street ran on a strange northwest-then-north path through the block. Here is Canal's northern jog, on its way to H Street in the distance.
July 18, 2006 - Turning around and looking south on Canal back to the trash transfer station, and over to the old Post Plant at 225 Virginia.
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