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JDLand has received word that a plan is in the works to replace Half Street's longtime resident Splash Car Wash with a 10-story, 200,000-square-foot self-storage building.
This will require a zoning variance, so that hurdle needs to be passed first, but Splash owner Tim Temple tells me the hope is to start construction in spring of 2017. Splash will remain open in the meantime.
This is a separate project from the plans to redevelop the McDonald's next door as a two-phase residential-and-maybe-more-residential project.
If you look at my favorite overhead photo of this area just south of the Southeast Freeway, you can see Splash's footprint to the north-northeast of the McDonald's and just to the west of the Capitol Power Plant operations.
More as I get it.
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202_cyclist says: (5/26/16 12:13 PM)
This is a wash (hahaha!)--- replacing a car-wash with a self-storage. Both are pretty boring and not really the best use of land in a transit-accessible and increasingly walkable neighborhood.

Is there really a demand (i.e. paging WestNorth) for this many self-storage places in the neighborhood, with the the Public Storage and U-Haul locations on South Capitol?


JD says: (5/26/16 12:15 PM)
I think it's an open question as to how long the Public Storage and U-Haul locations will remain. Very prime properties, both of them.

This Splash spot, with a coal bed on one side and a freeway on another, and 95% landlocked, is not really going to be a spot where anything too flashy is going to get built.


GoNavy says: (5/26/16 12:23 PM)
If you look at the overhead photos you can see that splash's footprint is actually pretty small area back behind the McDonald's. There really isn't much opportunity for a bar, restaurant or store in that location with the train tracks just on the other side of the fence.

I am curious to see if we really do need all this self storage however.


JHUGrad says: (5/26/16 1:19 PM)
I will miss the car wash... very convenient


fgmtheatre says: (5/26/16 1:29 PM)
As someone who has a apartment that faces towards this area I am really pissed off and happy. It's gonna kill all my attempts at a growing anything on my balcony garden, take away all my privacy and gonna force me to drive all the way to somewhere in Virginia to wash my car, put it will allow me to argue for no increase in my rent for years to come.


MJM says: (5/26/16 1:58 PM)
No gas stations, no fast food, no car washes, man taking away everything of the old neighborhood :(
From a business standpoint, if they go a REIT route like Public Storage its a great business investment.


jdc says: (5/26/16 2:31 PM)
I can see this being a good investment, long term, if the other storage places do indeed disappear. This parcel, as noted, is not really attractive for residential, and long term trends seem more favorable to self storage than a car wash. (Unless of course my dream comes true and 695 is buried).


NavyYardGuy says: (5/26/16 4:07 PM)
Okay..fingers crossed for The Brig--estimated Opening...6/5/16:

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JD says: (5/26/16 5:09 PM)
Or June 10:

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Jaybird says: (5/27/16 8:53 AM)
People paying $40 a month to store their junk is one of the great paradoxes of our time.

Of course, this household holds its fair share of stuff we should get rid of...


GoNavy says: (5/27/16 8:55 AM)
Looks promising! I only hope they have a big tent planned as well. I love the sun but would love to take shelter every once in a while



NavyYardGuy says: (5/27/16 9:44 AM)
@GoNavy AGREED.


dude says: (5/27/16 9:18 PM)
Yeah, another storage option does seem odd, but JD makes good points (per usual).

For me, losing the car wash isn't a big deal, always seemed overpriced for the quality. Of course as I work in VA there are plenty of cheaper and better options for me.


E. Masquinongy says: (5/31/16 9:23 AM)
What is the lot directly west of the car wash? It has been vacant since the beginning of time.


JD says: (5/31/16 12:15 PM)
West of the car wash is owned by CSX. Let's go to the map again--the red is CSX, the green is Splash.



E. Masquinongy says: (5/31/16 3:53 PM)
Comparing to the satellite, the deep blue part of your map has two rail lines and what looks like a pile of coal. Is this a vestige of the rail yards from 100 years ago?

Apparently CSX has sold off several chunks from the original yard footprint. Does CSX have any plans for what it still owns? Thanks!


JD says: (5/31/16 3:54 PM)
Deep blue is the coal yard for the Capitol Power Plant north of the freeway. I guess they must have an easement with CSX.

And I don't know of any plans by CSX for the rest of its footprint.


E. Masquinongy says: (6/1/16 9:16 AM)
Wow, that is a lot of red. You'd think CSX would see a profit in that, somehow.


splashdc@verizon.net says: (6/1/16 1:36 PM)
CSX's land west of Splash has been surplus since the freeway was built in 1952. That lot is landlocked. I have tried to buy that lot for over 15 years, but after a couple of false promises of putting it on the market, CSX has now designated it as the storage lot for dirt from the tunnel enlargement - the pile if dirt is now about 13 to 15 feet high. Perhaps the RR will sell it when the tunnel is finished, pero quien sabe? It has been an eyesore for decades.
Tim T.


splashdc@verizon.net says: (6/1/16 3:28 PM)
And to add to jd's comments on self storage and to help understand "why", as jd said, how long the existing buildings stay there is an open question given that the rezoning of S. Capitol permits at least 13 story buildings, making those three and four story buildings vulnerable to purchase. Add to that there are 38 high-rise residential buildings built, under construction, or planned for this small area...and no storage to speak of as the two extant buildings are in the 90 percentile plus(?)
And then there is the SW waterfront, led by PN Hoffman's 2.2 billiion sq. ft. Of office and residential space, ten or so blocks away.

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