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909 Half Street

380-unit apartment building with ground-floor retail; construction underway February, 2015
Joint venture by Ruben Companies with the Related Companies
Once home to Wendy's, then purchased by JPI for $28.6 million in 2007, then defaulted in 2009

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SC1100
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In early February 2015, after months of digging for underground storage tanks, work got underway in earnest at the site. However, no rendering of the 380-unit building with ground-floor retail has been released, so matters were taken into JDLand's hands.
  April 26, 2015 - The 909 Half construction site not quite three months after work began, showing the excavation work as seen from Half and I.
April 2, 2015 - Sneaking a peek at the 909 Half Street site from a neighboring roof a few weeks earlier.
The southeastern corner of the block, at Half and K, has not been much to look at. (02/07)
  April 26, 2015 - 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 26, 2015 - 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 26, 2015 - 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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