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Overview: Lower 8th Street

The section of 8th Street south of the Southeast Freeway includes the greatest remaining concentration of historic structures in the Near Southeast, and provides a strong psychological connection between Capitol Hill and the Navy Yard, though the freeway also serves to cut off this section of Barracks Row from its much more popular portion to the north.

In the Pipeline
Community Center
Homewood Suites Hotel
Ballpark Square
Yards/Parcel A
Yards/Condo Project
Yards/Icon Theater
Virginia Ave. Tunnel
New Douglass Bridge
1333 M St.
Southeast Blvd.
Florida Rock
1244 South Capitol
New Barracks
1111 New Jersey
Akridge/Half St.
Monument/Half St.
Capper Apts.
250 M St.
Nat'l Community Church
909 Half St.
Factory 202/Yards
Congressional Square
1000 South Capitol
SC1100
Completed
Twelve12/Yards ('14)
Lumber Shed ('13)
Boilermaker Shops ('13)
Camden South Capitol ('13)
Canal Park ('12)
Capitol Quarter ('12)
225 Virginia/200 I ('12)
Foundry Lofts ('12)
1015 Half Street ('10)
Yards Park ('10)
Velocity Condos ('09)
Teague Park ('09)
909 New Jersey Ave. ('09)
55 M ('09)
100 M ('08)
Onyx ('08)
70/100 I ('08)
Nationals Park ('08)
Seniors Bldg Demo ('07)
400 M ('07)
Douglass Bridge Fix ('07)
US DOT HQ ('07)
20 M ('07)
Capper Seniors 1 ('06)
Capitol Hill Tower ('06)
Courtyard/Marriott ('06)
Marine Barracks ('04)
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Restaurants/Nightlife
 

The southwest corner of 8th and M Streets, just south of the Southeast Freeway, in January 2003. Miles Glass closed sometime in the early 2000s. (01/03)
A different view of the same location, not quite three years later. For a few years it was turned into a car service lot, but Mac's Tires closed in spring 2007. This lot and 9 others on the block were purchased in 2010 and 2011 by the National Community Church as a new location for their operations. (04/06)
The southeast corner of 8th and Virginia, when banners advertising the Admiral Condo project were hung. However, by 2008, the project's web site was gone, and the designs were being altered into the 801 Virginia office/retail development. (8/14/07)
The 1000 block of 8th Street, as seen from L Street, after an auto repair garage on the site was demolished. This is the southern end of the 801 Virginia lot. (02/06)
The southeast corner of 8th and L, showing the newly opened Chicken Tortilla restaurant, next to the Port Cafe. (10/05)
The west side of 8th Street, north of L Street, where a beer garden is under development. (09/05)
Looking north on 8th Street from M Street. (10/05)
The "Blue Castle" building at 8th and M, originally a car barn and now a multi-use building that houses Key Academy charter school among other operations. In late 2007 it was purchased for $25 million by Madison Marquette, with plans to turn the 100,000 sq ft building into a retail development. (10/05)
A 2008 view of 900 M Street, a nondescript building that was once home to a Hudson auto dealership and more recently a dialysis unit. (08/06)
The same building, after renovations were completed to create three retail spaces; Domino's moved in during late summer 2009. (9/20/09)
The northeast corner of 8th and Potomac (just north of M), with a Quizno's in the ground floor and office space above. This building was purchased in February 2006 for $9 million by the same investment group working on 801 Virginia, but in 2008 they put the property back up for sale. (1/26/08)
Next door to the gray building is this nice-but-abandoned building. This land was part of the same February 2006 $9M purchase, and it too was put up for sale in 2008. (10/05)
10th Street, north of M. (10/05)
The National Capital Area Spay and Neuter Clinic opened in this renovated building on the southeast corner of 10th and L in 2007. (6/21/08)
A stretch of well-tended homes on Potomac Avenue between 9th and 10th. (10/05)
The Virginia Avenue park, seen here from 10th and Potomac. (10/05)
The east end of Virginia Avenue, at 9th Street and the Virginia Avenue Park. (10/05)
Looking toward the soon-to-be-reconstructed 11th Street Bridges and the East M Street area. (10/03)
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