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Courtyard Hotel on New Jersey Ave. Bought for $68 Million
Feb 28, 2011 5:54 PM
Just crossing the wires
: "Chesapeake Lodging Trust
announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the 204-room Courtyard Washington Capitol Hill/Navy Yard located in Washington, DC for a purchase price of $68 million, or approximately $333,000 per key." The hotel
, at New Jersey and L, SE, opened in spring 2006 along with its next door neighbor, the Capitol Hill Tower
co-op; both were developed by Valhal Corp. (whose principals then formed Ranger Properties in 2007). It will apparently remain a Courtyard; no word of what if any impact this sale would have on Capitol Hill Tower.
Upcoming Events, and Other Linky Goodness
Jul 14, 2009 12:14 PM
* This Sunday (July 19), there's going to be a "Grill-Off" at Nationals Park before the 1:30 game against the Cubs. Phil Bucco, who oversees the menus at the ballpark, will be competing against Teddy Folkman, the executive chef at Granville Moore's. It'll be an Iron Chef-like challenge, where the chefs won't know the ingredient they're working with beforehand. The event starts at noon, but the first-come first-served seats (in the Nats Family Fun Area) can be grabbed starting at 11 am, when the gates open. Plates will be judged at 1 pm.
* On Tuesday, July 21, the BID is hosting a "Mental Mapping" event
, where they're asking residents to "Sketch out your shopping route to assist in a study about neighborhood retail needs." It's at Capitol Hill Tower
at 6:30 pm; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
* On Saturday, Aug. 8, the 3rd Annual Youth River Sports Day
will be held at the Anacostia Community Boathouse
, from 10 am to 2 pm. Rowing and paddling instruction, guided river tours, and more will be offered; my photos from last year's event
give a taste of the activities.
* This is a ways off, but SWDC Blog reports
that the next ANC 6D meeting, on Sept. 14 (no August meeting) will be held in Southeast, at the Courtyard by Marriott at New Jersey and L. I've been attending ANC meetings off and on for six years, and this is the first one I remember that will be crossing South Capitol Street.
* Even farther off (well, the next day), Urban Land Institute Washington is holding its third Urban Marketplace Conference and Expo
, which brings together "the private, nonprofit, and public sectors to explore redevelopment opportunities and best practices in emerging neighborhoods and corridors across the Washington metropolitan region." One of the day's discussions will focus on the ballpark district (and I'm one of the panelists). Early-bird registration ends July 31.
* In non-event news, Fox 5 reports
on how the Nationals' problems on the field "are making the city's $700-million stadium look like a bad investment." To wit: "Before the stadium was built, the city projected average attendance at 34,708 per game and tax revenues from tickets and merchandise of $15.1 million for this season. The reality, average attendance is about 23,213, ranking the Nationals 24th out of 30 teams. Based on attendance figures through June, the city now estimates tax revenues of about $8.9 million. The office of the Chief Financial Officer says tax revenues could increase because average attendance has improved slightly since June." However, "The office of the Chief Financial Officer estimates the city will raise $50.2 million through its Ballpark Revenue Fund, more than enough to make the $32-million bond payment on the stadium with money left over. The bulk of that however does not come from the Ballpark itself, but rather from a utility tax and a business tax in the city."
* Since I was out of town this weekend, I missed all the Elton/Billy hullabaloo. Here's a pile of reviews and blog posts
having to do with the big show.
* For your (off-topic) Real Estate Development Collapse reading pleasure, a long piece on Williamsburg, NY
: "Most unsettling are the cases of the developers who seem to have vanished, leaving behind so many vacant lots and half-completed buildings--eighteen, to be precise, more than can be found in all of the Bronx--that large swaths of the neighborhood have come to resemble a city after an air raid."
L Street Doings, and Stories on Stuff There's Already Been Stories On
Jun 4, 2009 11:21 PM
* ANC 6D
's meeting on Monday night (June 8) looks to be a little shorter than usual, with only a few agenda items, one of which is a public space permit request by the Courtyard by Marriott
to expand (?) their sidewalk cafe.
* Speaking of L Street, a reader wrote today about the Little Red Building at Second and L
, once known as the Star Market. Apparently the owner was posting a liquor license hearing notice, which gives me a feeling of deja vu, since this also happened in September 2006
. The owner told my anonymous tipster about his plans for the building, which are pretty much what we've been hearing since 2006: tear down the building and build a new two-story structure, with the first floor being a liquor store and the second floor being a deli (at other points over the past few years it was a sushi bar
and then a wine bar on the second floor). The plans have even stayed mostly the same after the building changed hands last year
for $900,000. See my various posts from 2006 through 2008
about the previous attempts to change the building's liquor license and the negotiations with the ANC.
A Gorgeous Day - A Good Time For Rooftop Photos
Jun 24, 2008 2:48 PM
Are you stuck inside, maybe not even near a window (like me), on this gorgeous summer day? Then take a few minutes to run through this new batch of photos from up high
at the Courtyard by Marriott
at New Jersey and L, SE, showing views east across the Cappers and west across New Jersey Avenue (both down toward the ballpark
and up toward the Capitol), displayed alongside the 2006 "befores" from the same angles. If somehow the differences between "old" and "new" Near Southeast haven't quite been apparent to you before now, this batch of photos should finally take care of it--remember, it's a mere 27 months between the oldest and newest shots.
Clear Sunny Skies. That Must Mean....
Mar 20, 2008 3:51 PM
Caught a break with such beautiful weather today, and so I snagged a new batch of overhead photos
from up high at the Courtyard by Marriott
. I took the entire batch, both east and west, and have paired them with the first ones I took
, in March 2006. It's quite a difference; these are the views that people should see when they're carping about "how the area around the ballpark is one big construction zone" -- yes, it is, but look what that construction has done in just two years. (And think of what the commentary would be if this construction *weren't* happening.) You can also toggle to include all the photos from here in 2007 as well
, to watch the process step-by-step.
, 600 M/Square 882/Old Capper Seniors
, 70/100 I
, 909 New Jersey
, Courtyard/Marriott, mnorth
, Square 743N
, Square 699n
Market Deli and Neighbors On the Market for $11 Million
Oct 21, 2007 5:59 PM
Word has arrived that the Market Deli at First and L
, the cab company at New Jersey and L
, and the small empty lot between them have gone on the market as a joint sale, with an asking price of $11 million
for the 9,000-plus square feet of land. It's one of the last spots in Near Southeast west of Eighth Street where the land is still owned by individuals and not developers, and anyone watching the corner shouldn't be surprised that this is finally happening--and given that behemoth Akridge owns most of the rest of that block's land along First Street, maybe they might be watching this offering with interest. The deal is being spearheaded by the Resnick family, which over the past few years has sold family land on both sides of the 1100 block of New Jersey, and on L Street where Onyx
is now going up. (And their father once operated a 5&10 where the Courtyard by Marriott
now stands.) In the meantime, they're talking with restaurants about perhaps renting some of the existing space to sell "quick food" for ballpark
One More New Batch of Overhead Photos
Sep 6, 2007 3:17 PM
Having decided that overhead views of Near Southeast from the ballpark
and the Southeast Freeway
over the past few days weren't enough, I've also now added a bunch of updated overheads from a vantage point at the Courtyard by Marriott, focusing on the many construction projects west of New Jersey Avenue. You can browse these new photos
, or see the
ones displayed with previous shots from the same location
(scroll down a bit) to watch the changes since March of last year. (Hint: old buildings, followed by empty lots where old buildings used to be, followed by holes in the ground, followed by new buildings going up.)
, 1111 New Jersey
, 70/100 I
, 909 New Jersey
, Courtyard/Marriott, Onyx
, Square 743N
, Plaza on K/Square 696
, Square 699n
, Nationals Park
Update on Little Red Building Liquor License App.
Jan 18, 2007 3:41 PM
Yesterday there was a status hearing
before the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board
in reference to the liquor license application by the owners of the Star Market, better known as the "Little Red Building" on the corner of 2nd and L streets (next to the Courtyard by Marriott
). I wasn't at the hearing, and admittedly am not following this particularly closely, but I've been told that the parties on both sides (the license applicants and the people who've been registered in opposition) have been ordered to attend a mediation session that should happen sometime before the application's next status hearing, scheduled for Feb. 28.
New Photos, from On High
Jan 11, 2007 5:51 PM
Today I was able to take some photos from up high at the Courtyard by Marriott
--since it was a clear day, I could indeed see forever. First off, with the Capper/Carrollsburg
demolition west of 5th Street now complete, I've posted before-and-after photos
of the Capper footprint that illustrate the astonishing difference
10 months and six blocks' worth of demolition can make; this page also has new photos as you scroll down showing ground-level shots of the final demolished block north of K between 2nd and 3rd. Next are photos-from-above of the holes in the ground at 70/100 I
and 100 M/Onyx
, with comparison shots from last year (scroll down a bit from the top of the page). And, if you can bear to scroll ALL the way to the bottom, I have views of the Nats ballpark construction
from this Courtyard vantage point--it's pretty much like looking into the stadium from dead center field, except four blocks away. And, at the top of the Capper Seniors
page, there's a neat shot of all three Capper Seniors buildings. Alas, now I will have to return to taking boring street-level shots for a while....
Ribbon Cutting at Courtyard
Jul 20, 2006 9:51 AM
On Wednesday night there was an official "grand opening" of the Courtyard by Marriott
--Mr. Marriott himself was there, helping to celebrate what is the 700th Courtyard hotel. A good crowd was on-hand, including Ward 6 council candidate Tommy Wells
, although current councilmembers Linda Cropp and Sharon Ambrose were too tied up in the "crime emergency" legislation hearings to attend.
Hotels in Near Southeast
Jul 19, 2006 7:24 AM
Today's WashTimes has "Hotel Industry Gathers Momentum in Near Southeast
", keyed to today's "opening" of the Courtyard by Marriott
at New Jersey and L. (They're having a grand opening party tonight, but of course the hotel actually opened to customers in March.) The article mentions three other hotel projects on the boards, at Florida Rock
(That's "FRP Development" in the story), Herb Miller's garage-wrapper plan just north of the stadium
, Half and L (the Ron Cohen project
, which I've heard nothing about for quite some time), and Maritime Plaza
(east of 11th Street). The project it doesn't mention is the rumored sale at 50 M Street
of the Sunoco station to a hotel developer of some sort--still no confirmation of that anywhere.
ANC 6D Doings
Jun 6, 2006 7:36 PM
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....
Courtyard by Marriott Open for Business
Mar 31, 2006 2:14 PM
I had heard rumblings that this would be the case, but a reader has now confirmed that the Courtyard by Marriott
at New Jersey and L has opened today. For folks who work nearby, the Marriott will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner to the public as well as guests, and the bar will be open to all, too. As for the residential side of Capitol Hill Tower
, folks who have already bought units are being given late April/early May move-in dates....
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?)
Courtyard by Marriott Sneak Preview
Mar 2, 2006 5:34 PM
Using all the power and pull I have at my disposal ("Uh, yeah, hi, I have this blog, and I was wondering... Hello? Hello?"), I got a sneak-preview today of the not-quite-yet-finished Courtyard by Marriott
hotel at New Jersey and L. It's still a few weeks away from the grand opening, but they do have some of the rooms ready for showing, and I snapped a few photos of them, as well as a few shots of the still-under-construction outdoor courtyard space of the residential side of Capitol Hill Tower (scroll a bit down my CapTower
page to see the new shots). The hotel has 200-plus rooms, meeting space, a pool and fitness center, a bar, and a small restaurant area that will offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner to not only guests but the public as well. If you ever want to stay there, sacrifice a bit of space and ask for one of the upper-floor rooms on the New Jersey Avenue corner--they have a wall of windows with unreal views to the west, at least until all the other Near Southeast projects get off the ground.
ANC 6D February Meeting Agenda
Feb 9, 2006 5:35 PM
Let's see if I can remember how to post an entry that doesn't have to do with the stadium... ANC 6D has posted its February Meeting agenda
, which has a number of Near Southeast items. First, there will be a presentation by the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation
on their plans. Then there will be a (re?)discussion of the proposed alley closings on Square 743N
petitioned for by Faison to allow for the construction of two towers on 1st Street. There will also be presentation on the BZA application
for the planned JPI residential project at 70/100 Street SE, which should give us our first peek at what's being planned for that site. Finally, there is a public space permit application by the Courtyard by Marriott
hotel at 1st and L streets SE for a sidewalk cafe (which might be just fancy talk for an outdoor seating area connected to any food service the hotel will be having). The ANC meeting is on Monday, Feb. 13 at 7 pm, at 65 I Street SW.
, 70/100 I
, ANC News
, Anacostia Waterfront Corp.
, Courtyard/Marriott, mnorth
, Square 743N
Courtyard Now Has Web Site
Jan 16, 2006 12:51 PM
Position Vacancies at Courtyard Hotel
Dec 27, 2005 12:45 PM
If you're in the hospitality industry and are looking for work in Near Southeast, Hospitality Partners (the management of the opening-soon Courtyard by Marriott
at New Jersey and L) has posted a few position vacancies
on their web site. (And I'll be continuing to check the cycapitolhilll.com
URL to see when it turns into a web site for the property itself.)
Capitol Hill Tower News
Dec 23, 2005 10:51 AM
More non-stadium news! I've got a tidbit or two on the Capitol Hill Tower
project, as it heads toward the finish line. The Courtyard by Marriott
hotel that makes up the southern portion of the block is anticipating an opening date of March, 2006 (I'll let you know when reservations start being accepted). Also, the site's developers are working on filling the 9,000 sq ft of ground floor retail that's available--a drycleaners
has already been lined up, and there are hopes that a restaurant can be brought in as well. I've added a new rendering of the Courtyard elevation along L Street to my Capitol Hill Tower
page--and I'm embarrassed at how the photos on that page are getting way out of date, I'm going to do some mammoth photography sessions next week, I promise. UPDATE:
And I also hear that an on-site Sales Center
for the residential/co-ops side of the project will be opening soon. The residences are supposed to open sometime in the second quarter of 2006. UPDATE II:
And coffee lovers will rejoice to hear that there's also going to be a mini-Starbucks counter
in the lobby of the hotel!
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