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For posterity's sake, here's a quick survey of the late-summer state of construction at various sites--hope you like the Douglass Bridge-based views of the Arris and Dock 79 residential projects, for a bit of variety. Arris is close to having all of its exterior glass installed, while Dock 79 is just about halfway through to its eventual 10-floor height.
Otherwise, the masonry work continues slowly at the Lofts at Capitol Quarter (lower left), while the windows are in at the new Community Center (lower middle) and the Brig beer garden at 8th and L does show evidence of progress.
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Eagle-eyed JDLand readers (are there any other kind?) have noticed in recent days that the final remnants of the former Nats Parking Lot F on the southwest corner of 1st and M Streets SE has been shut down and that some equipment has arrived on site.
This is the location where Skanska is planning 99 M Street, a 233,000ish-square-foot building that would be the first new office development in the neighborhood since 1015 Half Street was finally completed back in 2011.
Excavation and foundation permits were both issued back in July, and my understanding is that the construction team is indeed "mobilizing," plus plans for a formal groundbreaking are in the works.
No tenants have been announced as yet.
When complete, the building will have 11,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, and one heck of a rooftop. And it will look slightly different from the former resident of the site.
Once the digging begins, it will then mean that the entire west side of 1st between M and N will be under construction, as the Hampton Inn on the south end of the block nears completion and the Residence Inn and F1st residential projects in the middle of the block are at the start of their vertical construction.
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After struggling to point my camera over the tops of multiple construction fences this weekend (at least I don't walk around with a stepladder, because THEN I'd be a crazy person), I can report that two projects are on the cusp of graduating from the Holes in the Ground report: Greystar's 227-unit apartment building at the corner of New Jersey and I (below left), and WC Smith's 330-unit residential building/Whole Foods project at 800 New Jersey (below right). Neither of them are 100 percent above-ground, but both now have some smidgens of rebar breaking the plane, as it were:
In the meantime, vertical construction is underway at the bottom of three of the neighborhood's other four holes in the ground, starting from below left with the 909 Half Mystery Residential Building, the joint Residence Inn/F1rst residential project on 1st Street, and at the Gallery at Capitol Riverfront residential building at New Jersey and M. The Homewood Suites at 50 M hasn't hit bottom yet (so to speak), but its crane is now up.
But is there about to be a new entry in the Holes in the Ground lineup? More on that soon!
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The new Hampton Inn and Suites on the northwest corner of 1st and N Streets, SE, still looks to have a ways to go to reach the point of "substantial completion," but signs are now (literally!) pointing to a late fall opening for the neighborhood's second hotel, and the first to open since 2006(!).
Not only did this "Opening Fall 2015" sign recently materialize on the building's west face, but the hotel now appears in the Hampton Inn web site inventory, with a note that it "will soon be joining the Hilton Worldwide Portfolio of Brands and is presently accepting reservations for arrival November 19, 2015 and beyond."
The ad copy suggests meeting for drinks "in our rooftop lounge as you take in spectacular views over the cityscape, Anacostia Riverfront, and Nationals Park."
It also notes that the hotel is within walking distance of the ballpark, which may be underselling the location just a touch.
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The process to build a new Douglass Bridge hasn't exactly been moving at lightning speed, but nevertheless an important milestone has been reached: on August 14 it was announced that "the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approved the Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement (SFEIS) and issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the South Capitol Street Corridor Project—both indicating federal approval of the project."
And with $587 million in DC's budget already earmarked for the project, DDOT can move forward with the next big step: choosing the design-build team, presumably from among the "final four" bidders identified back in February 2014, a process that is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016.
The current Douglass Bridge is now 66 years old, and has been classified as "functionally obsolete." DDOT says that if it is not replaced "within the next five years, the bridge would require an estimated $110 million in major rehabilitation work and would need to be closed for more than a year."
(And, maybe I'm just getting older and turning into even more of a fraidy cat, but holy moly is the traffic making the current bridge vibrate like crazy when you walk the pedestrian path. I just don't remember it moving that much even six months ago. Which perhaps might explain this bit of crumbling I saw on Saturday.)
This is now at least my 120th post on the bridge and the plans to replace it, so I'll go with a very quick summary (this post from last December is a good catch-up option). As you can see in the pilfered-from-DDOT graphic above, the new bridge will run immediately parallel and downriver of the existing bridge, with two new large traffic ovals on its approaches. There will also be a much-needed reconstruction of the I-295/Suitland Parkway interchange.
The bridge will have three travel lanes in each direction, along with 18-feet-wide pedestrian/bike paths on both the up-river and down-river edges of the bridge, which will be configured as one 8-foot-wide lane for pedestrians and a 10-foot-wide bidirectional bike path.
The eventual second phase of this overall "South Capitol Street Corridor Project" will be streetscape improvements to the north end of the street, similar to the spiffening that the blocks from N to Potomac received back in 2007 that give the street more of an "urban boulevard" feel. This will include a full redesign of the M Street intersection and a reconfiguration of South Capitol's interchange with I-395.
The full Request for Proposals is expected to be released in the spring of 2016.
While waiting for the new bridge to arrive, I may have to put out calls for volunteers willing to let me tether myself to them when I need to take pictures from the existing bridge, because otherwise the authorities will probably have to respond to calls of an old lady frozen in place on the pedestrian path, holding a camera but too terrified to move.
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Continuing to catch up....
* SIZZLING EXPRESS CLOSED: The handwriting was no doubt on the wall the instant that Harris Teeter and its vast food bar/carryout options opened up a stone's throw away, but it's still a little sad to see that the Sizzling Express at 4th and M SE closed for good in mid-August. For quite a while it was the only "new" food offering in the neighborhood, having arrived in the ground floor of 300 M at some point in 2001 or 2002. No word on what might someday arrive in its place.
* DUE SOFT: In case you haven't yet ducked into Due South, the neighborhood's newest restaurant, at 3rd and Water, SE, be advised that it has been and is still operating in "fine-tuning mode," with a limited dinner menu and drinks. It expects to become fully operational on Tuesday, Sept. 8, opening daily at 11 am for lunch and dinner along with weekend brunch.
* NOVEMBER WILD WINGS: A little birdie has told me that Buffalo Wild Wings is working toward an opening date of November 2, though we know how I feel about the validity of estimated restaurant opening dates more than about three days in advance. (If you haven't been paying attention, they are coming to Half Street SE just south of the Metro station entrance.)
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After years (and years and years) of expectations that Lerner Enterprises' 1000 South Capitol Street project would eventually be a 320.000-square-foot office building, an application filed in mid-August with the Board of Zoning Adjustment has revealed the company is now looking to build a 330ish-unit residential building on the site between K and L Streets, SE.
There are no renderings included with the filing, and the company has let me know that they are not quite ready to offer up details on the project, but the BZA documents do show that the building would be 110 feet/13 stories high, with three levels of underground parking, and is being designed by Shalom Baranes Associates.
The site is the western half of the block where the 1015 Half Street office building has stood since 2011, and has served as Nats Parking Lot K since 2008.
This would be Lerner's second development project in the neighborhood, with the company having built the 20 M Street office building back in 2005-2007. (The other neighborhood project owned by the Lerner family, the one with the Curly W logo, has its headquarters a few blocks further down South Capitol.)
This 1000 South Capitol project actually came to ANC 6D way back in 2006 (no, really) with a request to close a portion of the alley that runs between this lot and 1015 Half, and in fact the alley closing is still marked as "proposed" on the new BZA documents.
For your zoning nerds, Lerner is looking for variances from side yard requirements and loading requirements, and a special exception from roof structure requirements. In addition, the project will have a 15-foot setback along South Capitol, which is not currently required since the site is not within the Capitol Gateway Overlay boundaries, but will become a requirement once/if the city's zoning rewrite is ever completed.
The BZA hearing is currently scheduled for Nov. 24.
More as I get it.
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I've been across the pond for the past two weeks, and did a fine job of ignoring the many news items that came through the pipeline while I was gone. I'll be catching up over the next few days with a slew of posts (accompanied with a whole lot of new photos), so be prepared for the onslaught.
But, while I'm working on them, here's a little brain teaser, like you'd see in the Sunday comics, for the 12 of you who still know what a "newspaper" is:
(click to enlarge)
The top photo was taken from the Douglass Bridge in February 2006, and the bottom one on Saturday, just a smidge over 9 1/2 years later, and I count 14 differences (combining "x building demolished, y building now in its place" into single items). Do you see them all? And no, cranes don't count.
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1265 1ST ST SE   
08/26/15 
CAPITAL RIVERFRONT HOTEL LLC /
P1508561 / SUPPLEMENTAL
1277 1ST ST SE   
08/21/15 
BALLPARK RESIDENTIAL LLC BALLPARK RESIDENTIAL LLC / CLINT HOLMES; BALLPARK RESIDE BALLPARK RESIDENTIAL LLC; MITCH PERMUY
E20139177 / SUPPLEMENTAL
1331 2ND ST SE   
09/01/15 
DC WATER DC WATER / CORMAN CONSTUCTION
AH1500716 / CONSTRUCTION
TUNNEL BORING MACHINE / EQUIPMENT
1000 5TH ST SE   
08/18/15 
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / JOSEPH M MAGNOLIA
P1508371 / SUPPLEMENTAL
909 HALF ST SE   
08/18/15 
BAKER DC
AH1500686 / CONSTRUCTION
AN AFTER HOURS PERMIT IS RESPECTFULLY REQUESTED FROM 12:01AM WEDNESDAY THRU 11:59PM THURSDAY. 1-49 BLOCK OF K ST SE
   
08/21/15 
BAKER DC / CHRISTINE LONG
AH1500695 / CONSTRUCTION
AN AFTER HOURS PERMIT IS FROM 12:01AM THRU 11:59PM FROM 08 / 25 / 2015 TO 08 / 29 / 2015
1015 HALF ST SE   
08/17/15 
HALF ST SE LLC / ANTHONY G SAMBURG
E1508502 / SUPPLEMENTAL
   
08/20/15 
WSP PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF / STEVE AUD; WSP PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF; STEVE AUD
E95740122 / SUPPLEMENTAL
   
08/27/15 
HALF ST SE LLC /
P1508598 / SUPPLEMENTAL
601 L ST SE   
08/17/15 
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOUSING AUTHORITY / KRISSY GER LISA LJ PERMIT
B1510955 / CONSTRUCTION
REVISION TO B1101058 MINOR GRADING REVISION
   
08/20/15 
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOUSING AUTHORITY / MARK A DORSEY
EN1502944 / SHOP DRAWING
TYPE OF ELEVATOR ONE (1) HYDRO / STEEL / CENTRALLY / PASSENGER TO PROVIDE ACCESS BETWEEN G AND G2 FLOORS AS PER PLANS.
   
08/20/15 
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOUSING AUTHORITY / MARK A DORSEY
EN1502945 / SHOP DRAWING
TYPE OF ELEVATOR: TWO (2) TRACTION / STEEL / CENTRALLY / PASSENGER (5TH FLOOR).
   
08/20/15 
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOUSING AUTHORITY / MARK A DORSEY
EN1502970 / SHOP DRAWING
TYPE OF ELEVATOR ONE (1) TRACTION / STEEL / CENTRALLY / PASSENGER (6TH FLOOR).
   
08/20/15 
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOUSING AUTHORITY / MARK A DORSEY
EN1502971 / SHOP DRAWING
TYPE OF ELEVATOR ONE (1) TRACTION / STEEL / CENTRALLY / PASSENGER (6TH FLOOR).
80 M ST SE   
08/24/15 
COLUMBIA PROPERTY TRUST / KRISTINA DELGADO
B1510944 / CONSTRUCTION
PARTIAL 4TH FLOOR RENOVATIONS INCLUDING MECHANICAL PLUMBING ELECTRICAL AS WELL AS FURNITURE INSTALLATION.
20 M ST SE   
08/19/15 
SOUTHEAST REALTY LLC / ELEANOR FARID; SOUTHEAST REALTY LLC; RODNEY CANNON
E69278004 / SUPPLEMENTAL
50 M ST SE   
08/14/15 
KCG 50 M LLC / JOSEPH E RICHARDS
E1508432 / SUPPLEMENTAL
   
08/21/15 
KCG 50 M LLC / DANIEL R. RUDE
P1508460 / SUPPLEMENTAL
55 M ST SE   
08/19/15 
DOUG OLSON / DOUG OLSON; NONE
SG1500414 / CONSTRUCTION
NEW SIGNS INSTALLATION AS PER PLANS
1500 M ST SE   
08/21/15 
WASHINGTON YACHT CLUB / ZACHARY ZILL
SB1500438 / CONSTRUCTION
SOIL BORING FOR COMPENSATION GROUTING ALONG THE ALIGNMENT OF DC WATER'S CLEAN RIVERS DIV H - ANACOSTIA RIVER TUNNEL. FORTEEN BORINGS TO MAX DEPTH OF 70 FEET BGS 2 INCH DIAMETER GROUT TUBES INSIDE 5.5 INCH DIA CASINGS. DUPLEX ROTARY DRILLING METHOD. REF. PERMIT SB1400400.
125 O ST SE   
08/28/15 
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA /
R1500073 / CONSTRUCTION
WOOD SHED
   
08/28/15 
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA / SAMAHA ASSOC.PC
R1500072 / CONSTRUCTION
ONE STORY BRICK STORAGE SHED
1500 SOUTH CAPITOL ST SE   
08/14/15 
P1508259 / SUPPLEMENTAL
355 WATER ST SE   
08/14/15 
TIAN LUU / TIAN LUU; TIAN LUU; JAMES BORROR
E95497821 / SUPPLEMENTAL
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