While I like passing along news to the 15 of you out there who read this stuff, the reality is that my
favorite part of continuing to maintain JDLand is the photos
. I like taking them, I like archiving them, I like choosing which ones to post, I like updating the before-and-after Sliders
and the project pages, and I like looking at the old photos to remind myself of what I used to see when wandering around the neighborhood.
However, with so many active construction sites, by the time I walk around to visit all of them and do all of the photographing and database-ing and project page-updating and slider-updating, my energy wanes when it comes time to write actual posts.
So here's a few tidbits while I recover, and if you want to see new pictures taken in Sunday's glorious sunshine, I invite you to check out the updated sliders
as well as my pages on Dock 79/Florida Rock
, 909 Half
, Agora/Whole Foods
, Homewood Suites
, the Bixby
, the Virginia Avenue Tunnel
, and Southeast Blvd.
, where I, ahem, finally posted photos of the finished project a mere 13 months after it opened.
In the meantime:
* JBG HALF ST. ZONING
: Last Thursday the Zoning Commission heard testimony on JBG's plans for its 420ish-unit combination condo/rental building
planned for just north of Nats Park at Half and N.
Urban Turf has a detailed summary
of the hearing, but having watched it myself, I can boil it down to: the commissioners didn't really spend much time talking about the not-a-typical-DC-box design, which they seemed to like. Instead, most of the discussion was centered around zoning issues of setbacks and LEED certification. It comes back for an expected vote on April 11.
However, developers working on designs of future projects might want to know that Commissioner Peter May took a moment to tell the hearing that he's "getting tired of all of the glass buildings" coming to the commission, apparently losing interest in "seeing the inside of everyone's apartment and the inside of everyone's office."
* BRIDGE PARK DELAY
: Did we say 2018? How about late 2019
? A feasibility study will be happening soon to see whether the piers that were left in the Anacostia when the old 11th Street bridges
were demolished are going to be able to in fact be used for the bridge park. One other note: the project has currently raised a little more than $11 million of the expected $35 million construction costs.
* OKAY, ONE PIC:
A JDLand gold star to Clark Construction for what has to be the tidiest excavation hole I've looked into. This is the hole from which JBG's 1244 South Capitol
residential building will arise, just north of the ballpark's western parking garage.
* JDLAND HAPPY HOUR
: Been wanting to meet fellow residents/office workers/JDLand readers? Then mark your calendar for Thursday, March 10 at 5:30 pm at Scarlet Oak, and come say hello and hang out! I'll even have a few coveted JDLand t-shirts
available for purchase.