With the stadium
now moving forward, attention will turn to the areas immediately surrounding it and the mixed-use developments the city wants to see in order to make the Ballpark District
a year-round destination. In Friday's Post article "D.C. Stadium Likely to Open Without Entertainment Area,
" developers are quoted as saying that first phases probably won't be done before 2009. The four developers chosen by the AWC
have hired urban planning firm Cooper, Robertson & Partners
to create the master plan for the 40 acres of mixed-use development. In the meantime, Monument Realty
says it expects to begin construction in early 2007 on the land it owns in the blocks just north of the stadium footprint. So, be prepared to walk through a lot of construction to get to the stadium in the early days. (On the other hand, the delays that everyone seems to anticipate will occur with the stadium could help get the ballpark district further along before the ballpark debuts.) Also, the article mentions that the plans for the stadium itself incorporates retail space within the park's facade along 1st Street, and also manages to sneak in another mention that the parking garages raising eyebrows in the stadium renderings
will most likely disappear.