In the past few days I've mentioned the start of construction
on the first of the temporary surface parking lots at Capper
and the transformation of an existing lot at 1100 South Capitol
into a monthly lot
managed by Colonial Parking. Today I see that the dirt is being dug up at 1000 South Capitol
, which had a public space permit approved a few weeks ago for the construction of a parking lot. This property is owned by Lerner Enterprises
(yes, the same Lerners that own the Nationals) and they have eventual plans
for an office building on the site, but it shouldn't be a surprise that they would give this land over at least temporarily to the Ballpark Parking Cause
Additional dispatches from today's drive-around:
* Equipment has arrived on site at 1345 South Capitol
, presumably for the start of excavation for this 276-unit residential project across the street from the ballpark.
* The DC Foreign Car Shop at 31 K Street and the buildings along First Street and N north of the ballpark are still standing;
* A very affable-looking "Hospitality Ambassador" from the Capitol Riverfront BID
was answering questions with a smile at the Navy Yard Metro entrance;
* The amount of construction and roadwork from New Jersey Avenue west to South Capitol really is unbelievable. (I rarely drive through the neighborhood during the day on weekdays, so most of you long-suffering residents and commuters are already well aware of this.) But seeing it in full swing just reinforces my New Year's resolution to restrict my photo treks to Sundays, when the commotion is taking its Day of Rest.
One more tidbit: a permit has been approved to remove the underground storage tanks at the BP Amoco at South Capitol and N
. I had thought that maybe it was only temporarily closed because of the construction on N Street, but this probably means it's gone for good. As for what might appear in its place--the land is part of Monument Realty
's vast holdings north of the ballpark, but no development plans for the site have been announced. In the meantime, I bet it would be a handy spot for a parking lot!