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909 Half Street

383-unit apartment building with ground-floor retail; construction underway February, 2015
Joint venture by Ruben Companies with the Related Companies; first of two phases
Architect: Morris Adjmi Architects
Once home to Wendy's, then purchased by JPI for $28.6 million in 2007, then defaulted in 2009's Official Unofficial Guide, Updated for 2016!
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May 15, 2016 - At last, a color rendering shared by the project's architect for what is currently known as 909 Half Street, a 383-unit apartment building with ground-floor retail.
  April 16, 2016 - A year after the start of excavation, 909 Half's vertical construction is steaming along, and the exterior glass is starting to be hung, as seen here from Half and K, a similar angle to the rendering.
909 Half, Sliding from to September 2007 to April 2016

The southwest corner of Half and I Streets, SE, which had little to offer for many years (except a Wendy's hidden behind the brush). Now, 909 Half's construction is underway.
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  April 17, 2016 - The "gateway" intersection of South Capitol and I is changing considerably as 909 Half's vertical construction continues. There will eventually be another building on the block, fronting South Capitol Street.
Feb. 27, 2016 - It also is now taking a prominent position in the view of the neighborhood from the Southeast Freeway.
April 2, 2015 - Sneaking a peek at the 909 Half Street site from a neighboring roof not long after the start of excavation.
Construction was well underway before any rendering of the project surfaced, so up until then matters were taken into JDLand's hands.
The southeastern corner of the block, at Half and K, has not been much to look at. (02/07)
April 16, 2016 - The southeastern side of the 909 Half footprint. Retail would run all along Half Street. Click to see all available photos of this location.
An alternate view of the I Street portion of the property, looking west from Half Street. (06/07)
April 16, 2016 - The same spot, with Alpha Towing long since demolished and work under on 909 Half. Click to see all available photos of this location.
The block also has clear ground-level views of the U.S. Capitol dome. (01/06)
April 17, 2016 - The same spot, with the Exxon long gone. Ruben envisions a Phase II building fronting South Capitol Street, but has made no determination whether it would be office, residential, or hotel. Click to see all available photos of this location.
Jan. 12, 2012 - The block where 909 Half is being built runs across the bottom of this photo, taken from the top floor of 1015 Half Street in 2012. At least until the McDonalds and the feds' operations related to the coal plant are replaced with tall buildings, 909 should have a good view of the Capitol dome from its higher floors. The 909 Half footprint is on the right portion of the block.
Jan. 31, 2015 - For many weeks in 2014, observers interested in seeing progress on this block were taunted by what looked like the start of excavation for the apartment building but which was in fact the not-insignificant task of removing what turned out to be 16 underground storage tanks left by Exxon (and others?) over the years. (I never got photos of the tanks, but at least here's evidence of the digging.)
For years, Wendy's was the major current tenant on the eastern part of the block. (11/06)
In late July 2008, the fast food outlet finally closed, and was quickly stripped of its markings. The building was demolished in 2009. (8/3/08)
A towing company and its parking lot occupied the Half Street section of 909 Half's footprint for many years. (1/20/08)
On May 1, 2008, demolition began. (5/1/08)
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