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With the western portion of the 5.5-acre Florida Rock site along the Anacostia River just south of Nats Park not likely to be built on for a number of years (thanks to that pesky little detail of needing to demolish the existing Douglass Bridge first), there are again plans being discussed to "activate" the area with an interim use, even while construction continues to the east on the project's first-phase apartment building.
Developer MRP Realty will be going to ANC 6D in the coming days/weeks to look for feedback on what the space could offer, but the basics they are envisioning at this point are to use the space as an outdoor "brew garden" while also providing a large neighborhood-oriented park.
MRP would partner with the brewing team from Bardo, who would be in charge of the on-site vats and the craft beer-filled taps, while the rest of the site could see a number of sub-vendors offering various activities, like a putt-putt course or maybe even batting cages. There would also be picnic tables along the river, food (on-site offerings and food trucks are both possibilities), and family-friendly programming as yet undetermined.
What the site will not offer is large concerts or private events, though smaller-scale music could be a possibility. I'm told the site would have a maximum capacity of around 1,000 guests.
This is not the first rodeo for the idea of using this large open space, although previous notions were on a larger scale and perhaps might be described as more Fairgrounds-like, a comparison that this new proposal is apparently trying very hard to avoid.
Since it's all still in the brainstorming phase, and still has to go through the ANC, the alcohol/beverage folks, and various city agencies for permits, it remains a bit nebulous. (Feel free to use the comments to pass along any ideas for activities and offerings.)
In the meantime, work continues on the Riverfront, the 300-unit apartment building on the east end of the site, by Diamond Teague Park. This first phase construction will also see an expanded plaza between the building and Teague Park, a westward extension of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail into the Florida Rock site, and an already planned temporary use space separating the brew garden/park from the new building, with some surface parking, a small green space, and "The Beach," a sand-covered spot with volleyball courts. The building is expected to be completed in 2016.
More details as they become available....
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IMGoph says: (3/3/15 2:12 PM)
The Bardo team is going to reach out to the community and come to a meeting to introduce themselves? How novel! You Near Southeast folks are lucky!


JD says: (3/3/15 2:17 PM)
Well, actually, I said that MRP Realty will be going to a meeting.....



JD says: (3/4/15 9:07 AM)
In other news, there's a new approved permit at 909 Half to another "three underground storage tanks encountered during excavation." They may dig up Jimmy Hoffa, at this rate.


conngs0 says: (3/4/15 10:08 AM)
At least they didn't find a bomb like the one they dug up underneath Twelve12!


ScoopDC says: (3/4/15 11:35 AM)
The 909 Half Street SE site is a contaminated mess. Residents as 70 and 100 Capitol Yards have been smelling petrol for months. That's the air...imagine how toxic the ground must be. Any insight into what the plans are for site clean-up and soil remediation before construction begins?


ZoolanderANDtheBoYz says: (3/4/15 3:27 PM)
I don't think they will be able to sell the soil. Well, unless there is way of treating the soil. I remember walking by late night last year and the toxic smell of Benzine was unbearable.


conngs0 says: (3/4/15 3:37 PM)
Ok, so maybe a bomb would've been better...


ZoolanderANDtheBoYz says: (3/4/15 3:46 PM)
Yeah, unexploded world war I bomb is better than toxic chemical that probably will cause you cancer. Which one you are going to choose @conngs - instant death or a slow death?


conngs0 says: (3/4/15 4:15 PM)
It's a tough call for sure. But if it's a question of relatively quick and confirmable cleanup vs. a drawn-out cleanup with the possibility that chemicals remain in the soil...? I'd take the bomb.


Tom says: (3/6/15 12:48 AM)
I don't recall anything about having to build the bridge first. Maybe I missed that. The new bridge is south of the current one. I remember when they blew up the Woodrow Wilson bridge. Woke me up around 3 or 4am. Yummmm, benzene and brew!


JD says: (3/6/15 8:58 AM)
The west side of the current Douglass Bridge is actually on Florida Rock property. So that part of the site can't be built on until a) the new Douglass Bridge is built (to the south of the current one, as you said) and b) the old Douglass Bridge is demolished.


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