A 2012 rendering showing the proposed first phase residential building, from the Anacostia River. Florida Rock/RiverFront on the Anacostia

Plans were initially made in 1998 for a large development at this 5.8-acre site on the Anacostia at the foot of the South Capitol Street Bridge. The site is owned FRP Development Corp./Florida Rock Properties, Inc. (FRP), a real estate development company that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Patriot Transportaton Holding, Inc., which partnered in 2011 with MRP Realty to fund the project's first phase, a 350-unit residential building on the east end of the site. Later phases of the site could include another residential building, an office building, and a hotel.

Zoning Documents: 2011 Refiling | 6/1/07 Letter | 2/12/07 Hearing Transcript
FRP Development
WBJ: 2004 Piece on Stadium's Impact; 2001 and 1999 Stories
JD's RiverFront News Items & Additional Links

            Overview            Riverfront News Items            

The Florida Rock site, as seen from the southeast viewing platform at Nationals Park in June 2008. (06/08) Click to see all available photos of this location.
A stitched-together panorama, from a slightly different angle but the same general view, four months after site demolition and clearing was completed in December 2011. (4/12/12)
An updated site plan from September 2012 zoning filings, showing the new four-phase concept, with the two phases to the right/east being residential, and the later phases being office and a hotel. The "Retail" markings are just for the ground floors of each building. (9/17/12)
Another view of the u-shaped first-phase building, as seen from the Anacostia River side. An esplanade would run in front of this and all the development's buildings, as part of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. The marina is a new feature. Rendering from Sept. 2012 zoning filing. (9/17/12)

A rendering from the September 2012 zoning filing showing the plaza between the first phase apartment building and Diamond Teague Park, now with more planned retail. (9/17/12)

The developer is proposing some temporary uses immediately to the west of the Phase 1 residential building, as seen in this drawing from the Sept. 2012 zoning filing. A beach, including beach volleyball courts, would be "installed," along with temporary parking and additional open space that could be used for farmers' markets or other temporary uses. (9/17/12)

A drawing from the September 2012 zoning filing showing how the first-phase apartment building would look from the intersection of 1st Street and Potomac Avenue, next to the plaza, now with much more ground-floor retail. (9/17/12)

What the south side of Potomac Avenue west of 1st Street, across from Nationals Park, currently looks like. (1/08/12) Click to see all available photos of this location.

Two views showing the changes at this spot on Potomac Avenue, even before any new construction has begun at the Florida Rock site. First, looking west from south of the Potomac Avenue/First Street intersection, standing in the park maintained at that time by the Earth Conservation Corps, in February 2007. (02/07)

A slightly wider view of the same location (really! look at the landmarks and utility poles!) showing the change in the landscape thanks to the construction of Diamond Teague Park, and Potomac Avenue's new alignment to the south of its old footprint. And of course the disappearance of a large white tower. (1/8/12)&

The FRP/RiverFront property as seen from the Frederick Douglass Bridge in August 2005. (08/05) Click to see all available photos of this location.
The same view 4 1/2 years later, just after demolition at Florida Rock was completed, and with something else kind of different, too. (1/8/12)Click to see all available photos of this location.
A rendering showing a somewhat similar angle to the above two photos, showing the esplanade, a "beach" area, retail spaces, and the proposed Phase 1 apartment building. Rendering from May 2012 ANC presentation. (5/14/12)

Looking eastward on Potomac Avenue from the Frederick Douglass Bridge viaduct in April 2006, a little more than a year before the overpass was demolished; RiverFront lines the entire right/south side of the street. (04/06)

A very similar view to the one at left, but focused more on the RiverFront property itself, just after its fences were taken down to prepare for the pre-ballpark widening of Potomac Avenue. (07/07) Click to see all available photos of this location.

A blurry overhead view of what we now call the Florida Rock site, taken in April 1973. From the National Archives. (4/1973) 

Looking at the RiverFront property from across the Anacostia River, at Poplar Point; the riverfront bulkhead marks the property's boundaries. (03/05)

The same location, nearly seven years later, just after demolition of the concrete tower, nearly four years after the opening of Nationals Park, and two years after the opening of Diamond Teague Park and Piers. (1/8/12) Click to see all available photos of this location.
A rendering showing a wider view of what the "massing" of the property would look like (as well as the "views" of Nationals Park) when driving inbound over a new Douglass Bridge. Rendering from May 2012 ANC presentation. (5/14/12)

Looking east across the cleared Florida Rock footprint, showing the size of the site and also its neighbors to the east. (1/8/12)
My last shot of the Florida Rock concrete tower, taken from the new Yards/Teague connector bridge just as demolition was getting underway. The Anacostia Riverwalk Trail will continue into and all along the RiverFront site. (11/25/11)

Note: The renderings below are from the designs approved for the site in 2008. However, in 2011, the site's developers began the process of returning to the Zoning Commission to seek approvals for changes to the site's design, with a new architect. So the renderings you see here are, for now, merely interesting for a general sense of the site and for historical purposes.

A January 2008 rendering of the 5.8-acre, four-building RiverFront project, as seen from the Anacostia River, with Nationals Park a strong presence just to its northeast. A hotel, two office buildings, a residential building, a riverfront esplanade, a glass-enclosed retail galleria, and a public plaza are all parts of this 1.1-million-square-foot proposal. This site map shows the January 2008 revised design and layout, with the Nationals ballpark to the north, and to the left/west the eventual revised configuration of South Capitol Street (running in a traffic oval at the foot of a new Frederick Douglass Bridge).

A January 2008 rendering of the eastern edge of the project, looking from Diamond Teague Park and Piers back toward the public plaza and the grand staircase of the ballpark.

Working from right to left, here are some additional details:
  • A public plaza on the far eastern edge of the project would complement Diamond Teague Park on its eastern side, helping to pull stadium-goers to the Anacostia riverfront and the Riverwalk esplanade.
  • The eastern office building would be smaller than in previous designs, but would have much more ground-floor retail.
  • To the west of the east office building would be "Potomac Quay", highlighted by a glass-enclosed 365-day-a-year galleria-type atrium. There would be ground-floor retail on both sides of the quay, and also a two-story destination restaurant on the south end of the Quay; a "watercourse" with fountains would run into and through the atrium.
  • The residential, hotel, and west office buildings are now curved around the "Piazza Cascade", where an oval drive connecting the lobbies of the three buildings surrounds a large water feature.
  • The Riverwalk and Esplanade remain unchanged from previous designs, with a depth of no less than 75 feet and with a bike path separated from the pedestrian areas.
  • Construction of the project's eastern end (the eastern office building with ground-floor retail, the public plaza, and perhaps the glass-enclosed galleria) is slated to be first, with zoning approvals having been finally received (after 10 years of winding through the system) in 2008. Phase II would be the 160-unit residential building, and at the same time the underground parking and loading for the rest of the project would be built. Phase III would be the western office building, followed by the Phase IV hotel. The final two phases could not start until the new Frederick Douglass Bridge is built, since the old bridge is on the western edge of the RiverFront property.

    A December 2007 rendering, looking west on Potomac Avenue from First Street, showing RiverFront's northern side, facing the ballpark. The building at left is the east office building, which would be RiverFront's first phase of construction. The plaza at far left would flow into the city's planned Diamond Teague Park. The rendering also shows the ground-floor retail planned for all spaces along Potomac Avenue.

    A January 2008 rendering showing the western end of the development, which will border a new large traffic oval at the intersection of South Capitol Street and Potomac Avenue, when the new Douglass Bridge has been built to the south of the current one, which will be demolished. The westernmost portion of RiverFront in fact can't be built until the new Douglass Bridge is done and the old one removed, because the old bridge sits on part of the development's footprint. From left in this rendering you see the east office building, a sliver of the residential building, the west office building prominently at center, and the hotel at far right.

                Overview            Riverfront News Items            

    Near Southeast DC Home Page
    Top of Page | RSS Feed | Contact JD
    Advertise on JDLand.com

    © Copyright 2014 JD.
    All photos © Copyright JD unless otherwise marked - See information on photo uses, licensing and purchasing.

    More JDLand.com/Near SE DC:
    JDLand Home Page
    Contact JD | About
    Advertise on JDLand
    E-Mail Updates
    Near SE Development Map
    Live Transit Info
    Upcoming Events
    Knight-Batten Award
    Photo and Blog Archives
    Browse/Search Photos
    Photo Galleries
    Demolished Buildings
    Photos from Rooftops
    JD's Favorite Photos
    Blog Archive, '03 - Present
    Tag Cloud
    Nationals Park
    Food Options Map
    Parking Lots Map
    Other Transportation Info
    In the Pipeline
    Lumber Shed ('13)
    Boilermaker Shops ('13)
    Canal Park ('12)
    Capitol Quarter ('12)
    225 Virginia/200 I ('12)
    Foundry Lofts ('12)
    1015 Half Street ('10)
    Yards Park ('10)
    Velocity Condos ('09)
    Teague Park ('09)
    909 NJ Ave. ('09)
    55 M ('09)
    100 M ('08)
    Onyx ('08)
    70/100 I ('08)
    Nationals Park ('08)
    Seniors Bldg Dem. ('07)
    400 M ('07)
    SoCap Bridge Fix ('07)
    US DOT HQ ('07)
    20 M ('07)
    Capper Seniors 1 ('06)
    Capitol Hill Tower ('06)
    Courtyard/Marriott ('06)
    Rearview Mirror
    Rearview Blog Posts
    Demolished Buildings
    Historic Photos & Maps
    Past Events Timeline
    On the Hill, '59-'69
    From Above, '49-'08
    Gas Prices Gallery
    Posts on Food/Fun
    Retail News
    Anacostia Riverwalk
    New Jersey Ave.
    M Street
    South Capitol St.
    North of M
    The Yards
    Lower 8th Street
    East M Street
    Boathouse Row
    Project Directory
    Stadium Corridor
    M Street
    New Jersey Ave.
    Near Southeast Datasets
    Recent Data
    Crime Incidents
    Public Space Permits
    Building Permits