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* There was a "Wait, what?" moment on Tuesday when DCist reported that a velodrome would be coming in 2012 "in the shadow of Nationals Park in Southeast DC." I did some quick sleuthing, looking at the organization's web site and seeing Akridge as a partner, but I just couldn't place the design as being along Half Street. Then, thinking about how people so often can't get Southeast and Southwest straight when it comes to anything near the ballpark, I took a look at the Google Maps view of Akridge's Buzzard Point land at 1st and V SW, and Ta-Da! A pretty clear match.
But this morning, Akridge is no longer listed as a partner on the web site, and the site rendering is gone, too. Perhaps this is all just because final leases and paperwork hadn't quite yet been signed. (A not uncommon tale, young upstarts getting all excited about a pending deal and blabbing just a little too much info for the comfort of the big company they're dealing with. Though it doesn't necessarily mean the deal is dead.) Of course, this is all actually outside my territory, so you'll want to go to SWill for updates.
UPDATE: Jonathan O'Connell has tweeted this out: "Akridge spokeswoman on velodrome: 'We don't have an agreement.' And: 'I would say that putting Akridge on the site was probably premature'."
* Last Wednesday, DDOT installed the new Bikeshare station at 3rd & G, SE, on the north side of the Results parking lot. This is technically outside of Near Southeast, but it's probably now the closest station for Capitol Quarter folks (and me!). It has 19 docks.
* DDOT is shooting for the weekend of Dec. 16 to open the new inbound/outbound freeway spans of the 11th Street Bridges, and they tormented me with some helicopter shots of the current progress. (Though remember that it's just the spans opening--they still have work to do on the ramps and flyovers to add the new movements to and from DC-295.) They also tweeted that the 11th Street Local bridge is ahead of schedule and will open spring/summer of next year. My construction progress photos from Nov. 1 are a smidge out of date by now, but still worth looking at.
(Of course, you already know much of this if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook.)
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ZoolanderANDtheBoYz says: (12/7/11 11:36 AM)
I was so excited about the Velodrome from yesterday tweeter talk. What happened to the Soccer stadium rumors at the same location?


JD says: (12/7/11 11:41 AM)
If the Velodrome does come to pass (and I still think it will), it's not permanent. The web site talks about a temporary 3- to 5-year preliminary plan, then something permanent down the road. No way that Akridge is going to permanently give up land that valuable to this, and I imagine there's a part of the deal that allows them to kick out the Velodrome if suddenly the land gets leased for development. It's a textbook "interim use."


Sophia Monster says: (12/8/11 11:49 AM)
Are we really talking about indoor cycling competitions? link


MJM says: (12/8/11 11:26 PM)
100% pure outdoor races. Get your bike and helmet and sign up for a class :)


Sophia Monster says: (12/9/11 9:43 AM)
MJM - Will they really have classes? Link please.


JD says: (12/9/11 9:46 AM)
Lots of info on the organization's web site (linked to in the post above): link

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