According to Monday's Post
, WMATA apparently plans to vacate its property on Half Street between N and M Street
s (just north of the baseball stadium
site and across from the Half Street entrance to the Navy Yard subway station). They had posted a request for offers, with a deadline of May 13, but they pulled the solicitation two days before the deadline, saying that the District requested that they wait until the master plan
for the area is finished, in June. The Post
tidbit mentions that Monument Realty
had been planning to submit an offer to turn the property into an office, housing and retail complex. (Monument recently completed a $10 million deal that includes land on Half Street just across from the stadium site, and says it is negotiating at least six other deals on the same block.)
May 23, 2005 8:12 AM
Landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd is to discuss her firm's projects, including the recent winning competition design for Washington Canal Park, Thursday, May 26 at 8 pm, at the National Building Museum. The lecture is worth 1.5 continuing-education units. Admission is $17, $10 for students; registration is required. Also at the NBM, there will be a black-tie gala presenting the 2005 honor award to Forest City Enterprises, developer of Capper/Carrollsburg and the Southeast Federal Center, at a black-tie gala on June 1 at 6:30 pm. Tickets are a steal at $500. Call 202-272-2448 or visit http://www.nbm.org for information.
May 23, 2005 5:40 AM
A reminder that the next South Capitol Street Corridor and Baseball Master Plan
public meeting will be held May 24, 2005 from 6:00 - 8:30 pm
at the King-Greenleaf Recreational Center, 201 N Street SW. The DC Office of Planning
has posted the presentation materials and flipchart notes
from the April 23 workshop.
May 22, 2005 8:49 PM
The cover story of DC's alt-weekly City Paper is "The Cost of Leaving", about the slow shutting down of the Capper/Carrollsburg public housing units, and how the former residents are being relocated. (UPDATED link for article)
May 19, 2005 1:06 PM
I've finally posted updated photos on various pages (stupid real life impinging on my hobbies!). Check out my Department of Transportation, Capitol Hill Tower, and Washington Canal Park pages for the latest shots. And if you want to check out what Near Southeast looked like overhead in about 2001, you can always play with Google Satellite!
May 19, 2005 11:17 AM
On May 16, a building permit request was filed with DCRA for 400 M Street, SE. This would appear to be for the planned major addition to the Carroll Apartments low-income seniors housing (scroll halfway down my Seniors Housing page for renderings and details). This is the second of the two seniors housing buildings slated to replace the huge Capper Seniors building at 7th and M; the other is in the early digging-the-hole stage, at 5th and Virginia. (All can be seen on my Seniors Housing page.) For those of you who don't maintain your own Requested Building Permit Toteboard, right now there are initial permits pending approval for 400 M, 20 M, and 1015 Half Street.
May 15, 2005 1:04 PM
As a heads up, I'm not going to follow here on the site every twist and turn of the Nationals baseball stadium funding saga. The bickering over costs and land acquisition and whatnot leaves me totally cold. You can always keep an eye out for stories by David Nakamura at the Post (like today's piece) and Eric Fisher at the WashTimes, but here at JDLand I'll just be concentrating on news of the design and construction. (UPDATE: bumped up.)
May 13, 2005 2:05 PM
The Near Southeast location of Five Guys is now open for business. This local hamburger joint is a great addition to the neighborhood, so drop in for a bite to eat soon, and tell 'em JD sent you :-). It's located on the 1st floor of 1100 New Jersey Avenue (New Jersey and M streets, SE), on the 2nd Street side of the building, facing the future Washington Canal Park. Operating hours are 11 am - 10 pm Mon-Fri and 11 am - 5 pm Sat-Sun. Here's the menu, and also the Contact/Directions page.