First, two photos of now-open Chix, to correct yesterday's out-of-date image
* 1244 TO 1221
: The JBG apartment project going up across N Street from Nats Park, known up to now as 1244 South Capitol,
has been rechristened as 1221 Van Street
(the little street on the building's east side, in case you think someone just made it up). There's now a web site
to boot, announcing that leasing will begin in the summer of 2017, which is probably about when the building will be finished.
* NEW JERSEY SIDEWALKS
: At some point in the recent past (I'm only just now seeing it), WC Smith built and opened the sidewalk along New Jersey in front of Agora
, meaning that you can now walk not-in-the-street-or-behind-a-barrier from I Street all the way to the freeway on the east side of the street. Meanwhile, on the west side of New Jersey, the ORE82
sidewalk is looking close to being finished.
* ORE82 LEASING
: Speaking of ORE82
(or ORE 82 or Ore82 or Ore 82 or 82 I or 801 New Jersey), it's now leasing, and even offering building tours. That official web site is here
: The 440-unit apartment building slated to be built upon the Half Street Hole
just north of Nats Park is going to be called Joule
, which I think I've mentioned before but shockingly people don't always remember every word I've written, so why not mention it again? That official web site is here
, with the spiffy marketing brochure for the up-to-70,000-square-feet-of-retail here
. Mention is made of a first phase delivering by summer 2018.
* DC WATER HQ
: The first permit for construction of the new DC Water headquarters
on the banks of the Anacostia has been approved, for exvacation and site work.
* 250 M STILL WAITING
: WC Smith, developers of the long-planned office building at 250 M Street
, have filed with the Zoning Commission a request for another two-year extension to the building's approved PUD, noting that "most of the same factors and circumstances still exist in the Capitol Riverfront office submarket today" that were cited to receive extensions in 2010, 2012, and 2014, namely the tightness of the leasing market and the requirement that the building be 70 percent pre-leased in order to secure construction funding. (This is the building that would front M Street on the south end of the same block where DCHA is expecting to start soon on its next apartment building
.) WC Smith appears to remain committed to this being an office building, citing the abundance of residential buildings and the need for the neighborhood to be a "truly mixed-use community."