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There's a bit of news on one of my favorite buildings to rag on over the years, the all-but-windowless formerly armed encampment at 1st and M that housed the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and other spook-ish groups over the years before it was vacated in 2011.
You may have seen the holes punched into the side of the building recently, but if you're fearing that any work is a precursor to the brown-and-white structure being salvaged and redeveloped, don't worry your pretty little heads.
Yards developer Forest City has passed along word that after the current environmental remediation is finished late this summer, the former Building 213 will then be going off to meet its maker. It will cease to be. Bereft of life, it will rest in peace. (Sorry, I'm a bit punchy tonight.)
Demolition, once started, is expected to take about six months.
As the northwestern edge of the Yards, this prime corner spot just northeast of Nats Park will eventually see new construction, most likely an office building.
But that's a good ways off--in the meantime there will continue to be parking on the site, and Forest City is also looking at maybe putting in some grassy areas both as open space and possible special events uses, though their plans aren't firm as yet.
And it also will be a bit different to be able to see well into the Yards when standing at 1st and M instead of looking at the remnants of a cloak and dagger operation.
(And, for the record, I'm allowed to be snarky about this place. Back in 2005 the guards there called DC cops to chase me down on 1st Street when I was taking photos in the opposite direction of the building, never having once taken any shots of 213 itself. And I did get tired over the years of seeing them reach for their guns as I walked by their fence with camera in hand.)
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ZoolanderANDtheBoYz says: (6/6/13 6:31 AM)
Well, I am glad they didn't fire their guns at you. That was a TOP Secret facility. They probably could have done some nasty thing if you did what you did somewhere in the middle of desert in Nevada.

I am trying to have fun with this post. But, seriously, who really thinks someone would want to salvage the windowless building and redevelop it? Shouldn't you call the guys from ghost busters first? No, hold on - I am sure @Eric might think that.

I am surprised the demolition will only take about six months. Given that 1414 took over a year to excavate it because of we all know why - I thought this might take two years to demo it.


JD says: (6/6/13 8:36 AM)
You never know which buildings might elicit Market Deli-like preservation desires.



MJM says: (6/6/13 8:42 AM)
I'm hoping for Fairgrounds vII but with Pink, Yellow, Purple psychedelic painted containers.

It would be great to see the demo take about 15 seconds but sadly that won't happen


Eric says: (6/6/13 10:22 AM)
I've never come forth supporting saving old ugly buildings. I was for the Market Deli demo.

Don't you have a rage-induced tear-riddled tirade to write? Something about how Justin's Cafe stole your firstborn and deflowered your wife?


ZoolanderANDtheBoYz says: (6/6/13 10:37 AM)
Where did you get that line @Eric?? From Game of Throne?


JD says: (6/6/13 10:41 AM)
I give people a lot of freedom in the comments threads, but I will not tolerate Game of Thrones references. (Mad Men forever! GoT never!)

(and, seriously, you two, get a room)


ZoolanderANDtheBoYz says: (6/6/13 10:49 AM)
I do appreciate you give us a lots of freedom @JD.
But, allow me to say a few sentence for the last time.
@Eric, the thumping noise that you hear in your apartment doesn't come from your neighbors. It comes from the Aliens far far away from our beloved planet. They are just confused with the old National Geospatial Intelligence Agency building. Perhaps, the solution is to communicate with them and tell them where the agency moved.


G Street says: (6/6/13 11:40 AM)
"Nothing to see here, move along ..."

JD - I'm sure Barney Fife would have had to reach into his shirt pocket (for his one bullet), so you were "probably" safe. (-:


Maelstrom says: (6/6/13 12:52 PM)
You know, does anyone have any old pictures of the NGA building? I always thought that the building looks as if it had much larger windows at one time. I want to think that all the areas of stone block on the north face that are different from the main building structure used to be windows. While I don't contest that it should come down, was it always an ugly windowless monolith?

Also, I know someone who works at the new NGA. They don't seem THAT creepy.... I think.


JD says: (6/6/13 2:33 PM)
It's tiny, but here's the picture that ran in the Post back in 1964 when the CIA moved into the building. Windows look closed even then.

link



JD says: (6/6/13 2:36 PM)
The 1964 Post article described the building's surroundings as "liquor stores, run-down shops, a railroad spur, and, right around it, a formidable chain link fence topped by five rows of unfriendly barbed wire," which WaPo said made "the six-story cream-and gray building [...] positively glamorous" in comparison.


Maelstrom says: (6/7/13 9:44 AM)
I still think it must have had windows at some time. If it never had windows, why not build it like 200 I (pre-renovation). Surely it's less expensive to do flat slabs than to make window areas only to brick them in. I highly doubt they put in the bricked up window spaces for aesthetic reasons.


Packinblackandred says: (6/13/13 10:19 AM)
Hey JD, looks like ANC 6D received a new Board of Zoning Adjustment application for 800 New Jersey, which could well mean a Whole Foods will be moving in.

link


JD says: (6/13/13 10:31 AM)
Yup, am aware of it.

But everyone also needs to be aware--we've started my mother on hospice this week. My energies and interests are very much elsewhere at this point.

Am trying to decide if I might not just be shutting down altogether.





F says: (6/13/13 2:46 PM)
Update on possible Whole Foods coming to Near SE: link

Could a Whole Foods Finally be on its Way to Navy Yard?

June 12th, 2013 by Guest Author

Speculation about whether and when a Whole Foods might land on or near Capitol Hill is a favorite pastime of many dedicated Hillites tired of traveling to Logan Circle or Clarendon to get their [insert favorite fresh and organic items] fix. Trader Joe’s hope and speculation is just as high. For anyone keeping score, you’ll know that all four DC Whole Foods stores and both Trader Joe’s (one existing, one under construction) stores are in Northwest.

And while I don’t begrudge a private retailer’s decision-making process for where to locate — read: lots of stats and formulas about income, density, and location convenience — I think I stand with a fairly large portion of the Southeast, Southwest, and Northeast communities in thinking It’s. About. Dang. Time. For. Some. Stores. On. Our. Side… right?


Zoom forward to this week, when ANC 6D received a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for 800 New Jersey Avenue, SE — a proposed 11-story mixed-use residential and retail building developed by WC Smith just south of the Southeast Freeway and north of the under-construction Park Chelsea apartment building in Navy Yard. What distinguishes this development from others around it is the roughly 36,000 square feet single-use retailer proposed for the ground floor — listed in the application and the drawings as a “full service grocery store,” including a 2,300 square feet “brew pub.” (Yes, apparently a brew pub is now required on every corner. Neighborhood rules.)


Now, before the rumor mill wildfire starts spreading, I have to insert the caveat that no lease has been signed yet for the space. But here are a few reasons why this building might just be — fingers tightly crossed — the location of DC’s next Whole Foods:

?Harris Teeter is already under construction a few blocks away at 4th and M Streets SE in the Twelve12 mixed-use complex, and a new Safeway is located just a few blocks across South Capitol Street in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood.

?Whole Foods has been interested in the Navy Yard neighborhood for a few years — famously almost coming to the adjacent Park Chelsea building until that deal fell through in 2011.

?This 36,000 square feet space isn’t likely to be a Trader Joe’s (typically between 10-15,000 square feet) or a Wegman’s (typically between 80-140,000 square feet). 36,000 square feet is the exact same size of the most recently completed DC Whole Foods store in GWU/Foggy Bottom.

?This proposal includes a “brew pub” — which is a recent feature of Whole Foods stores around the country. See “Whole Foods tests bars selling craft beer and local wine in its stores” and “Whole Foods in San Jose to include brewpub.”

?And last but not least, the “Market” signage shown in the renderings is a recognizable forest green.

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