Lofts at Capitol Quarter/Old Capper Senior Building

As part of the Hope VI grant for the Capper/Carrollsburg area, two new apartment complexes have been built: Capper #1, the $17.3 million 162-unit building at 900 5th Street, was started in March 2005 and completed in December 2006; and 400 M Street, a 139-unit mixed-age companion to the existing Carroll Apartments building, began in December 2005, with move-ins starting in November 2007. Demolition of the Capper Seniors complex at 7th and M began in November 2007, with construction of the 195-unit mixed-income Lofts at Capitol Quarter beginning in the spring 2014.

Lofts at Capitol Quarter Groundbreaking (3/5/14)
Developers: Forest City Enterprises / Mid-City Urban LLC | Architect: Torti Gallas
DC Housing Authority (agency to contact about Capper housing)
Feb. 2004 Zoning Approval for Capper PUD
News Items & Additional Links

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If you want to view more before-and-after photos of the old Capper Seniors building from additional locations,
see the Expanded Project Archive.

In late 2013, the Housing Authority secured funding to build on the south side of L Street between 5th and 7th a 195-unit apartment building (having decided in 2008 to switch from the original idea of building townhouses along this site). Construction starts in spring 2014.

This is what the south side of L Street between 5th and 7th looked like for nearly 50 years. Built in 1958, its decline into a haven for crime, vandalism and drug use brought about its closing in 1973. After seven years of delays, it was reopened in 1981 as a 292-unit building for low-income senior citizens, though crime was never eradicated. The last residents moved out in early 2007. (12/06)

The same location, a temporary surface parking lot after demolition was completed in late 2007. (6/02/08) Click to see all available photos of this location.

On March 5, 2014, the ceremonial groundbreaking was held for the Lofts at Capitol Quarter. (More photos here.)

Another view, from M Street at its intersection with Hull. (03/07)

The same location. (6/02/08) Click to see all available photos of this location.

A rendering of 600 M Street (roughly the same angle as the above photo), the 500,000-sq-ft office development eventually planned for the southern/M Street portion of the site. No timeline for delivery has yet been announced.

A far-off view of the old building, from the roof of the Courtyard by Marriott, in March 2006. (2/6/06)

The same location, three months after demolition, and with the temporary surface parking lot almost finished. (3/20/08)

One more view of the entire building, as seen from M Street. (03/07)

The same location. (6/02/08) Click to see all available photos of this location.

The eastern face of the building, on Seventh Street between L and M. (11/1/07)

The same location, demolished. (6/02/08) Click to see all available photos of this location.

Two views of the mid-November demolition work that tore the old building in two. First as seen from L Street.... (11/15/07)

...And from M. (11/15/07)

Looking east along L Street, between 5th and Seventh, days before the start of demolition. (11/1/07)

The same location, with demolition underway. (6/02/08) Click to see all available photos of this location.

The southwest corner of the building, facing M Street. (11/8/07)

The same spot, one week later. (11/15/07)

Much of the initial demolition of the brick exterior was handled by Bobcats being driven into the walls from inside the building, rather than by swinging a wrecking ball. At left is a wall just being punched out, while at right you can see one of the other Bobcats at work. Don't hit the gas instead of the brake, guys! (11/8/07)

From its position above M Street, the roof at old Capper Seniors provided some panoramic views of Near Southeast, and of all the construction underway. This shot was taken a few days before demolition started. The Yards is at left, south of M Street, followed by the US Department of Transporation (which is hiding Nationals Park), the Carroll Apartments and Capper Building #2, Van Ness Elementary (center), 1100 New Jersey, Capitol Hill Tower, and the skeleton of 70 I Street at very far right. For more, see my 601 L Street overhead photos. (11/1/07)

The top floor of the old seniors building, with interior demolition complete, just a few days before the building itself will start coming down. (11/1/07)

The old seniors building, now a relic of the "old" Near Southeast, with the neighborhood's future as a commercial and residential destination rising a few blocks away. (11/1/07)

The elevator off the ground-floor lobby. (11/1/07)

The old sign. (11/1/07)

A somewhat far-away view (thanks to a wide-angle lens) shows the old building's prominent position atop the eastern end of M Street, with newer buildings lining up to the west. (03/07)

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