Design model at the Capitol Quarter Sales Center.
Capper: Mixed-Income Apartments

In 2001, DC received a $34.9 million Hope VI grant to redevelop the 23-acre Capper/Carrollsburg public housing project as a mixed-income community, with the 700 public housing units are being replaced one-for-one, along with 1,000-plus market-rate and workforce-rate rental and ownership units and 50 Section 8 ownership units. There will also be 700,000 sq ft of office space at 250 M Street and 600 M Street and 50,000 sq ft of retail space. Construction started on the first phase of townhouses in June 2008 and was completed in the summer of 2010, and the second phase got underway later that year, was completed in 2012.

Capitol Quarter by EYA
Developers: Forest City Enterprises / Mid-City Urban LLC; Architect: Torti Gallas
Zoning PUD Approval ('04) | Hope VI Grant Awarded ('01; Fact Sheet) | DCHA Capper Info
Friends & Residents of Capper/Carrollsburg | Applying For Housing (DCHA)
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JD's Capper/Carrollsburg News Items & Additional Links

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In addition to the Capitol Quarter townhome development, there are other additional blocks that are slated for revitalization as part of the Capper Hope VI project. The old Capper Seniors building at 7th and M was torn down in 2007, to eventually be replaced with office buildings and a multi-unit apartment building. Along the three blocks between 2nd and 3rd and M and I (facing the Washington Canal Park, old Capper buildings will be replaced with three apartment buildings totalling 550 units (both market-rate and low-income). Additionally under the Capper Hope VI, the DPW trash transfer station at New Jersey and K will be demolished and replaced with a 322-unit apartment building. None of these new apartment buildings will get underway before 2010; in the meantime, the blocks between I and L have been turned into temporary surface parking lots for Nationals games.

This stitched-together overhead view, taken in March 2006, shows the entire Capper/Carrollsburg site, from the Southeast Freeway at left to the block south of L Street on the right. (03/06)

The same view, more than two years later; demolition of all Capper buildings was finally completed in late 2007. The three cleared blocks closest to the camera are now surface public parking lots, but eventually will be home to the three new apartment buildings; the other cleared blocks behind them are where the Capitol Quarter mixed-income townhouse development is being built. The Canal Park will replace the school bus lots in the foreground. (6/24/08)

Looking across what may someday be Canal Park along L Street. (05/08)

A rendering of basically the same location, showing the first of three new mixed-income apartment buildings (on the left), with 171 units (34 of which would be public housing). The building to the right is the proposed 250 M Street office building.

The easternmost portion of the Capper/Carrollsburg footprint reaches to 7th Street; for many years, the old Capper Seniors building stood there. (11/1/07)

The same location, after the old building was demolished and a temporary parking lot was built. (6/2/08)

A rendering of the plans for this same stretch of L Street as seen above, west of Seventh, where a 195-unit apartment building will begin construction in spring 2014. The building seen at rear is the planned 600 M Street office building, which has no estimated start date at this time. For more details, see my Old Capper Seniors/600 M project page.

In late December 2006, demolition moved to the final block of Capper residences, bounded by 2nd, 3rd, K, and I. This is the northwest corner of 3rd and K, in May 2006. (05/06)

The same location, now a parking lot. (2/22/14) Click to see all available photos of this location.

The southeastern corner of 2nd and I, which is also the northwestern boundary of Capper/Carrollsburg, shown in November 2006. (11/06)

The same location, demolished. (5/02/13) Click to see all available photos of this location.

The northeast corner of 2nd and L, in January 2006. The old Star/Post plant is the building at left rear. (01/06)

The same location, now a parking lot. (5/02/13) Click to see all available photos of this location.

In November 2006, demolition began on the final two blocks of Capper/Carrollsburg buildings, between 2nd and 3rd streets. Here is the southwest corner of 3rd and K, in August 2005. (08/05)

The same location, now a parking lot. (5/26/13) Click to see all available photos of this location.

Demolition strips away the rear wall on the last Capper building on L Street between 2nd and 3rd. (12/06)

Looking south-southeast on 2nd street, at its intersection with L Street, in January 2003. (01/03)

The same location, in August 2008. The Capper buildings on this block were demolished in January 2005, and the DOT HQ has risen at the end of 2nd Street, across M Street. The southern portion of this block will be home to the 250 M Street office building. (8/03/08) Click to see all available photos of this location.

Across the Canal Park blocks, at 2nd and K, is a Department of Public Works trash transfer station. This is expected to be demolished in summer 2012 and eventually replaced with a 320-unit mixed-income apartment building. (See June 2012 photos from inside and outside.) (10/06)

The trash transfer lot also fronts New Jersey Avenue, meaning that eventually this important location less than a half-mile from the Capitol will no longer be home to industrial uses, but instead more residents, of all income levels. (09/06)

Looking east down K Street, from 2nd Street, in April 2004, when Capper/Carrollsburg was still mostly occupied. The blue-roofed Capper buildings demolished in late 2004 are visible at the far end of the street. (04/04)

The same location, in December 2006, with all buildings demolished. The private homes within the Capper footprint are visible along 3rd Street. (12/23/12) 

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