New Pictures: 20 M and Capper Seniors #2
May 30, 2006 8:37 AM
Both the office building at 20 M Street and the wraparound construction at Capper Seniors #2 are starting to become much more visible, so I've added new pictures to each of their pages.
Capitol Quarter Prices Go Up
May 26, 2006 7:13 PM
Without a shovel in the ground, EYA has raised the prices on the upcoming Capitol Quarter
townhome development at Capper/Carrollsburg
now says "Townhomes from $500s" (up from $400s). Cha-ching! They still appear to be targeting Fall 2006 for the start of sales.
Van Ness Elementary School to be Closed
May 15, 2006 2:44 PM
In what shouldn't be a shock at this point, the superintendent of the DC public schools has recommended that Van Ness Elementary be one of six schools to be closed by August, according to the Post ("D.C. Will Close Six Public Schools
"). The 90 students that are currently at Van Ness (in Head Start and special-ed courses) would be moved to Prospect Elementary. The school board will hold public hearings on the plan and take a final vote June 28--you can see the Superintendent's Recommendation Report
for more information. But keep in mind, as I mentioned in a previous entry
: "However, as school board member Tommy Wells explained, the city won't be selling school properties, and the feeling is very strong that an elementary school must remain in Near Southeast. Given that Van Ness's M Street location could be enticing to developers, it's possible that the city would agree to a swap, to have a new Van Ness built somewhere else in the neighborhood in exchange for a developer getting rights to the 5th and M lot."
Capper Demolition Update
May 12, 2006 2:04 PM
Speaking of demolition, work at Capper/Carrollsburg
has moved to the block bounded by 3rd, 4th, Virginia, and I. (They've been doing what appears to be a lot of interior demolition for some time now in the next block [south of I Street], where there are four-story buildings to contend with, but haven't started bringing those buildings down yet.) If you're keeping track at home, there are still five Capper blocks not yet completely cleared (the two I just mentioned, the two blocks between 2nd and 3rd and L and I, and the batch of Capper buildings just behind 300 M Street)....
250 M Zoning Application Filed
May 5, 2006 10:41 AM
The new office building planned for 250 M Street ("Federal Gateway II") is, from a zoning standpoint, actually part of the Capper / Carrollsburg planned unit development (PUD), and last week an application was filed with the Zoning Commission for approval of the 250 M second-stage PUD. The application describes the project as a 110-ft-high, 9-story building with ground-floor retail and 194 spaces of underground parking. A hearing date has not yet been added to the DCOZ calendar. William C. Smith, the project's developer, is touting delivery of the building in late 2008.
Retail Interest High at Southeast Federal Center
Apr 24, 2006 8:03 PM
It's a good day for tips from readers! Another correspondent passes along this piece
from Shopping Center Business
magazine, "Washington DC Focuses on the Waterfront
," a roundtable with lots of big names in DC development and government discussing the state of retail in downtown DC. One of the participants was Forest City Washington
, which is developing Capper/Carrollsburg
and the Southeast Federal Center
, plus is one of the four companies working on the Ballpark District
. There's no real *news* on the projects, but they indicate that they are getting a tremendous amount of interest from retailers who want to be part of the combined 300,000 sq ft of retail planned for Capper and the SFC. They also say that "bulldozers will be moving by the end of the year at Southeast Federal Center." Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to see the box highlighting Forest City, with the following sentence that will warm the hearts of Near Southeast residents and neighbors: "Forest City Washington believes a grocery store would be a good addition, and several are interested." Yes! And please hurry!
New Photos Here and There
Apr 20, 2006 11:15 PM
Getting to be a busy time of photo-taking, so I've added a smattering of photos here and there to my Capper/Carrollsburg
, JPI Residentials
, Capitol Hill Tower
, DOT HQ
, New Jersey Avenue
, M Street
, and new baseball stadium
pages. Let the
icon be your guide. With demolition continuing at Capper and JPI's 70 I Street, I expect to be updating those pages steadily over the next few weeks. (They appear to be moving more quickly with the Capper demolition at 3rd, 4th, K, and L, and I expect the block to the north, between 3rd, 4th, K, and I, to be next to come down.) And starting soon I'll be updating 20 M Street
much more frequently, with the tower's construction finally coming up out of the hole and above ground level. And then there'll be that stadium demolition and construction....
Update on Capper Seniors #1
Apr 11, 2006 3:25 PM
The April issue of The Southwester has an article (on page 5 of the PDF) about Capper Seniors #1, reporting that it is expected to be completed in October 2006, with the beginning of the application process starting no later than July. A quote about who can apply for housing there:
Senior residents currently living in the old Arthur Capper Senior building will move directly into the new building, if they meet criteria related to credit history, criminal background checks and can demonstrate an ability to maintain a clean and sanitary living space (or have support to enable him/her to meet the standards).Seniors in other public housing, or in the surrounding neighborhoods and the Washington Metro area are also eligible to apply, in that order, if their income does not exceed 60% of the Area Median Income.Senior applicants for non-public housing rental units can apply for a rental if they can pay the posted monthly rent and expected utility expenses, which should not exceed 30%-40% of the applicant's household income.
The South Washington Collaborative
is working as an advocate for seniors looking to move into Capper Seniors #1. There apparently will be workshops at the old Arthur Capper Seniors building in the near future.
Van Ness Elementary Possible Closing
Apr 10, 2006 9:23 PM
Also at the ANC meeting tonight, there was a discussion about the DC Public Schools' upcoming plan to close/repurpose as much as 3 million square feet of school space over the next two years. Van Ness Elementary
at 5th and M is unofficially considered to be very high on the list--although it had 400 students a few years ago, with the closing of Capper/Carrollsburg
it now services just 30 Headstart Pre-K students and 48 Special Ed students from around the city. However, as school board member Tommy Wells explained, the city won't be selling school properties, and the feeling is very strong that an elementary school must remain in Near Southeast. Given that Van Ness's M Street location could be enticing to developers, it's possible that the city would agree to a swap, to have a new Van Ness built somewhere else in the neighborhood in exchange for a developer getting rights to the 5th and M lot. A plan to identify 1 million square feet of DCPS space that could be closed/repurposed is due to the school board on May 17, after which there will be a 30-day period of public input meetings (there are also public forums
on April 18 and 22). For more information, see the DC Board of Education
web site, in particular the rightsizing criteria
New Capper Photos
Apr 3, 2006 7:00 PM
With some demolition now underway (veeeeery slooooowly), I've freshened up my Capper/Carrollsburg
page with some new photos. I've also updated the construction photos for the two Capper Seniors
projects, and for good measure tossed in a couple of new shots on the Capitol Hill Tower
page, to celebrate the opening of the Courtyard by Marriott, the first Near Southeast project I've tracked from its beginning to end....
Possible Closing of Van Ness Elementary
Mar 22, 2006 6:17 PM
Van Ness Elementary School, at 5th and M streets SE, is apparently on the city's list of approximately 30 schools it wishes to close by August 2008 as part of a financial restructuring of the DC Public Schools. I'm guessing that a developer or two might be willing to pay the city a tidy sum for the rights to that property on the southern edge of Capper/Carrollsburg
.... Here's a Post story
from a few days ago about the school closures initiative in general; and a Voice of the Hill blurb
about Van Ness's principal going before ANC 6D looking for a letter of support for keeping the school open (the ANC wants more information before making a decision). The city is expected to make its decision in April.
Some Demolition Coming to Capper
Mar 21, 2006 3:14 PM
Thanks to a tip from a reader, I checked out Capper/Carrollsburg this afternoon, and there are signs that some demolition is about to be started, on the block between 3rd and 4th and K and L, which is the one block where private homes have been existing alongside the abandoned housing. I don't know if this is the start of demolition for all of the remaining buildings, or if there was just a desire to get this particular batch of buildings taken down since they are right next to private homes, but one way or the other this is nice to see, because it's not good for a neighborhood to have so many deserted buildings still standing. And I would certainly imagine that EYA would not want the shells still there when sales start on Capitol Quarter this fall.
UPDATE, 10 days later: Not much progress has been made on the demolition site mentioned above, but I see now that initial work appears to also be going on in the block just to the north, which has nothing but abandoned Capper buildings on it (bounded by 3rd, 4th, I, and K). The roofs above the front stoops are being crow-barred off the buildings, and some piles of trash have appeared in the courtyards.
Also in the Spring-Cleaning department, the Star Market at 2nd and L has just gotten a fresh coat of red paint. Perhaps the new owner is planning on reopening the little bodega once Capitol Hill Tower
opens its doors? (See the CapTower SE Corner slideshow
to refresh your Star Market memory.)
New Page; New Photos; New Slideshows
Mar 13, 2006 1:46 PM
Here today, I am righting a wrong that has left me filled with guilt for years--I'm finally adding a page on my site about the Earth Conservation Corps's Old Capitol Pumphouse location, tucked away between Florida Rock and WASA on the edge of the Anacostia River. See the ECC's own web site for more information about what this group does for local youngsters and also for the river. (They certainly will have a front-row seat to the stadium!) And while I was out, I snapped a couple of shots to add to the WASA page as well as the Capper Seniors page, with construction on both #1 and #2 proceeding along. I also updated the Capper Seniors #1 slideshow. Just because.
I got on a slideshow roll this afternoon, and updated and enlarged the three existing ones (DOT, Capper Seniors #1, and Capitol Hill Tower), and then added two more Capitol Hill Tower slide shows, including one of the project's southeast corner, so you can watch the Star Market go from stand-alone to oppressed neighbor. So go play with them
Three New Pages; Other Additions
Mar 2, 2006 5:47 PM
While at the Courtyard by Marriott today, I got some great overhead photos of Near Southeast; as I worked to put them on the site, I realized that it was also now time to launch separate pages for three developments that are in the pipeline: JPI's two residential projects on I Street, the mixed-use development project on Square 699N at 1st, Half, K, and L streets; and the Faison and Opus East 1st Street office and residential towers between L and M. Right now the pages are kind of short on specifics, and I don't have renderings of any of the projects, but with JPI and Square 699N looking to start construction later this year, I figured it was time to break them out into their own pages. Also, I added overhead shots to my Capper/Carrollsburg and North of M pages. (And, in looking at my 2006 pictures, have you all figured out yet that I got a new camera?)
New Capper Seniors Photos
Feb 19, 2006 4:33 PM
I've added a bunch of new pictures to my Capper Seniors
page of Capper Seniors #1, the building at the bottom of the 6th Street exit ramp.
Capper/Carrollsburg PUD Approved
Feb 15, 2006 2:05 PM
At last night's Zoning Commission
hearing, approval was given for the second-stage PUD
, along with some modifications to the first-stage PUD. This should be the last zoning hoop for EYA
to leap through before the project gets underway. The Capitol Quarter
web site now says "Coming Fall 2006." But is that when sales start, will any sort of construction begin before then? Right now, I don't know. I do hope, though, that the city gets moving and demolishes the rest of the vacant Capper buildings before EYA has to start marketing the new construction, because it appears some scary elements are squatting now in those buildings (fences have been bent back, and doors to the buildings are broken open).
Building Permit Apps Filed for Capper Phase 1
Jan 26, 2006 6:45 PM
For those wondering if the Capper/Carrollsburg
") townhome development would ever get moving.... Today 143 building permit applications were filed
with the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
for addresses in the eastern half of the Capper land. The applications cover lots for all the areas between 4th and 5th streets where the old Capper buildings have already been demolished, plus the triangular sliver of land along Virginia Avenue. As for when shovels will go in the ground, who knows. And sales aren't expected to begin until summer. I just read somewhere that 100 of these will be market-rate, and 40 will be "workforce housing", but for the life of me I can't find the link. Will keep searching. UPDATE:
Duh, it's on the Capitol Quarter
page itself. I've got to get new glasses.
Capper Townhomes Price
Jan 21, 2006 1:03 PM
For the first time I've seen a price attached to the townhomes at Capper / Carrollsburg
(the development, by EYA
, is dubbed "Capitol Quarter
")--an ad in Saturday's Post says that the townhomes, coming in Summer 2006, will be priced from the low $400,000s
. The web site still says nothing more than "Coming 2006." Hopefully with the final zoning approval of the second-stage PUD not far off, they will begin their marketing and provide much more information on the entire development. UPDATE:
And just like that, EYA has launched a redesigned web site--it's much prettier, but it doesn't have any additional info on Capitol Quarter
NCPC February Agenda
Jan 17, 2006 5:39 PM
The National Capital Planning Commission
has posted the preliminary agenda
for its February meeting, with two agenda items pertaining to Near Southeast: a request for approval of comments to city council on the proposed closing of public alleys in Square 743N; and a request approval of a report to the Zoning Commission on the modifications to the first-stage PUD and the second-stage PUD for the Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg
More New Pictures
Jan 12, 2006 6:15 PM
Couldn't help myself, had to go take more pictures in the Hood, so check out my Capitol Hill Tower
, New Jersey Avenue
, and especially my DOT HQ
pages for new images--I ventured out after construction was finished for the day, but they hadn't closed the gates to DOT at New Jersey and M, and now that there's a nice concrete road bed, I took my first walk from M to N on the "new New Jersey." And didn't even get arrested! I also added a photo or two to my Capper Seniors
page, mainly to document that they have sped along with the bricking the southern exterior of Capper #1.