Near Southeast DC: Past News Items
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Sep 14, 2004
DC has named the four firms selected to participate in the Washington Canal Park
Design Competition. They are: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd of Seattle, Washington; Hood Design of Oakland, California; Sasaki Associates, Inc of Watertown, Massachusetts; and Atelier Dreiseitl of Uberlingen, Germany. Their proposed design submissions are due by Oct. 25, with a scheduled review by a jury of design professionals and community leaders on Nov. 18. (CPDA News Release
Sep 2, 2004
Aug 31, 2004
You weren't really expecting any news in August, in Washington, were you?
Jul 30, 2004
Some fun tidbits:
• CVS, Subway, and Chevy Chase Bank reportedly have secured space in 1100 New Jersey Avenue
, and local restaurant fave Five Guys is in negotiations to move there as well;
• The demolition of the first "ribbon" of Capper / Carrollsburg
buildings--on 5th Street--is slated to begin in August, while the construction of the first Seniors Building
is scheduled to begin in September (I'll believe it when I see it!);
• While the Canal Park
will take a while to be designed, chosen, and constructed (ETA 2006), there are plans to remove the buses, take down the fences, and smooth out and sod the area. DC just needs to figure out where to park the buses first... (I've heard that before, too ;-) )
• I've added to the site renderings for planned office buildings in the 'Hood, at 76 L Street
and 250 M Street
(you'll have to scroll down a bit to see them). And one new construction shot each for Capitol Hill Tower
and the DOT HQ
(which got me a $100 parking ticket in the process; donations accepted!).
Jul 17, 2004
Jul 15, 2004
Mayor Williams has successfully gotten the DC Council to approve the creation of the Anacostia Waterfront Development Corporation
(AWDC), which is tasked with implementing the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative
, and hopefully will do for the Anacostia what the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation did for its realm. Next, Benjamin Forgey is doing a big series in the Post about redevelopment in DC, and today's part
deals with Near Southeast. (Although you probably won't learn much there that you didn't already see here!)
Jun 25, 2004 1:00 AM
Plans are afoot to turn the old Post Plant at 225 Virginia Ave. SE (just south of the Freeway at 3rd Street) into a planned 343,000 SF office/mixed-use building, ETA 2006. ML Clark Real Estate is the listing agent; see the Canal Blocks
page for renderings and an idea of the location.
Jun 25, 2004
Jun 7, 2004
Federal and local leaders have signed an agreement to pledge to rebuild the Frederick Douglass Bridge
and to redevelop the South Capitol Street corridor as a grand gateway into the District
from Prince George's County (more
). Does it actually mean anything? Hope so!
May 3, 2004
Apr 14, 2004
Mar 16, 2004
I've been remiss in not yet posting here that construction has begun on the Department of Transportation HQ
. Parts of the old brick fence along M Street have been torn down (at the 3rd Street and 4th Street entrances), and digging has begun. Pictures have been taken, but aren't terribly exciting, unless you like Tonka toys.
Feb 28, 2004
of the last of the old boarded-up Capper apartments
at 5th and Virginia is finally complete. (Only five months behind schedule!) Construction will probably begin in late spring on the first of two new apartment buildings for low-income seniors
. It will overlook the new field/park north of the Marine Barracks
(which should be completed fairly soon).
Jan 29, 2004 1:00 AM
Jan 29, 2004
Still waiting for the school buses to be removed from the Canal Blocks
area. Once they're gone (DC was given 90 days notice about 100 days ago), William C. Smith plans to start clearing the blocks in the spring, with the real construction on the park (including hopefully a "water feature") will begin in the future.
Jan 13, 2004
The National Capital Planning Commission has released a preview of a Urban Land Institute Advisory Panel's recommendations for South Capitol Street
; the detailed report will be made public at a later date.
Jan 8, 2004
Dec 4, 2003
Oct 26, 2003
M Street SE, from the waterfront to the Navy Yard, is included in the "high priority corridors" in the DC Metro system's 10-year expansion plan for light rail or bus rapid transit
. Two corridors--from the Anacostia Corridor to the Waterfront Metro station, and from the Silver Spring Metro station to Anacostia--would run along M Street. A three-mile demonstration version will be built in Anacostia in 2004.
Oct 13, 2003 12:50 PM
One of the "landmarks" of the old M Street
disappeared at some point in the last month--the boarded up gas station on the northwest corner of 3rd and M. Eventually there will be another office building there (250 M Street), but there's no firm construction date yet ("maybe in 2004", according to a William C. Smith rep). (May 2004 update: fences have gone up around the lot, but not for construction--it's been turned into a parking lot, so it doesn't look like they're planning for development anytime soon.)