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From today's WBJ print edition (subscribers only): "D.C.-based Akridge closed on Aug. 27 its $46.5 million purchase of the Metro bus garage site, which rival D.C.-based Monument Realty had intended to include in its opulent Half Street mixed-use development just north of Nationals Park." Akridge has hired HOK (designers of the ballpark and the Plaza on K), Esocoff & Associates (Onyx) and StreetSense Inc. to design what will be a 700,000-sq-ft mixed use development on the west side of Half Street. WBJ says that Akridge is hoping to break ground in 2010. (And, one small correction in the piece: the WMATA land that Monument gets the right to buy via the settlement of their lawsuit against Metro is not at the corner of South Capitol and M--which Monument already owns--but the parking lot just to the south, known as Nats lot M.)
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KP says: (8/29/08 12:13 PM)
So does this mean that the bus garge will be torn down? I seem to recall there was some discussion of designating the building as a historical site. Or will Akridge try and build around the garage?


Scott G says: (8/29/08 12:18 PM)
The ground floor of that bus garage would make one awesome bar/beerhall! Ahh, one can dream......

JD- Any idea how we can get in touch with the owners of that one small rowhouse that they're turning into a liquor store/wine shop and persuade them to be a bar instead? (seriously)


JD says: (8/30/08 4:11 PM)
I haven't heard whether the bus garage will be torn down, though I have heard the phrase "historic preservation issues" in early Monument Realty zoning hearings that referenced the bus garage site.

Akridge hasn't said a peep publicly that I've seen about their plans, so as of now I just don't know one way or the other.


JD says: (8/30/08 4:11 PM)
Scott--there might be some contact info available from the city's alcohol control board: link .

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