Near Southeast DC: Past News Items
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Sep 14, 2005 1:20 PM
Speaking of bridges and environmental impact statements, I've only now stumbled across both the South Capitol Street Bridge Study web site and SouthCapitolEIS.com, two efforts that ran concurrently over the last six months as part of the project to replace the Frederick Douglass Bridge. (I've only been checking the DDOT Public Meetings page on a daily basis for weeks now, sure would have been nice if one of their announcements had ever mentioned these URLs!) Both sites have lots of links and information, and should be required bookmarks for anyone interested in the replacement (and most likely realignment) of the South Capitol Street Bridge. Materials from the summer meetings of these projects are available, as is a mammoth, crash-your-computer PDF showing two of the proposed alternate alignments. I believe these two stages are pretty much over, so I'll try to keep you posted on the next phases.
Aug 23, 2005 6:42 AM
The District Department of Transportation has received a Best Practices in Smart Growth and Transportation Award for the South Capitol Gateway Project from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. According to the DDOT press release, "The award singles out DDOT in the category of Revitalizing Communities and Corridors for the smart growth features planned for the corridor and for realizing South Capitol Street as the southern grand entrance to the US Capitol, as envisioned in the historic L'Enfant Plan for the Nation's Capital." Quoting Transportation Director Dan Tangherlini, "The signature South Capitol/Frederick Douglass Bridge will be sensitively designed to connect travelers and neighborhoods to the river and to each other. The new bridge and streetscape will draw people to the corridor to live, work and enjoy the Anacostia River and waterfront." The release also describes planned transportation improvements for the corridor, including "a green median, wide sidewalks and street amenities as well as roadway, pedestrian, transit and bicycle improvements." For more, see DDOT's South Capitol Gateway Corridor and Anacostia Access Study as well as the National Capital Planning Commission's New Vision for South Capitol Street.
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Aug 14, 2005 7:29 PM
Near Southeast hits the bigtime, with a front-page story in Monday's Post ("A Transformed Neighborhood Awaits Stadium") that jumps to two full pages of information and photos about the 'hood. The story gives a great feel for the mood as the land rush by developers transforms this formerly neglected neighborhood. A huge map lists 64 spots within Near Southeast that are being developed, sought after, or are held by developers who aren't divulging their plans. If some of the information and photos seem familiar, that's because your humble Near Southeast webmaster temporarily escaped the Post's Newsroom IT department and helped put together the package. Dana Hedgpeth and I will be taking questions and comments on Monday Aug. 15 at 11 am in a washingtonpost.com Live Online chat, so please join in to talk about all the goings on.
While frequent JDLand visitors will be up-to-speed on much on the content, there are some new nuggets to be found:
• Construction is expected to start in 2007 on the first project within the Southeast Federal Center
, 400 residential units with accompanying small retail, with delivery anticipated in 2008. (Don't yet know where on the SFC's 44 acres these will be built.)
• Monument Realty
has now acquired all parcels on N Street between South Capitol and Half streets, as well with properties on both South Capitol and Half (in what I'm anticipating the city is going to start calling the Stadium District
, so of course I had to create a new page for it
• Faison Associates
has just acquired an acre of property that covers almost the entire western half of the block between 1st, New Jersey, L, and M. (But the On Luck Cafeteria on the corner of 1st and M remains a holdout.)
• The owner of the Splash car wash on I Street reveals that he has received multiple $8 million offers for his property and a neighboring parcel.
• The Donohoe Cos.
appear to be planning an office building for their property in the 1100 block of New Jersey Avenue.
• And, for those of you who've been following along for a while, you'll also enjoy reading the story of the Star Market at 2nd and L, which lived a solitary life until Capitol Hill Tower
rose up around it.
Aug 13, 2005 9:01 AM
The DC Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting regarding Early Right of Way Acquisitions on the South Capitol Street Bridge Alignment Study Project, Tuesday, August 16, 2005, at 10 am, at the Reeves Municipal Center at 14th and U, NW. According to the press release, the "purpose of this meeting is to provide the landowners and other interested persons with an opportunity to receive information about the project, DDOT's Early Acquisition Program, and to submit written and verbal comments." The realignment of the South Capitol Street (Frederick Douglass) Bridge is part of the huge plans for the redesign and redevelopment of South Capitol Street, as detailed in both the New Vision for South Capitol Street (NCPC), and DDOT's South Capitol Gateway Corridor and Anacostia Access Study. (UPDATE: Bumped up as a reminder.)
Jul 30, 2005 10:29 AM
The mammoth transportation bill that's making its way through Congress contains a few nuggets for Near Southeast--$123 million for the rehabilitation of the South Capitol Street Bridge, and $17.6 million for upgrading of the 11th Street Bridge and construction of new ramps for access to M Street, SE.
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.
Apr 20, 2005 1:23 PM
From a DC Office of Planning press release
: The Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, the DC Office of Planning, and the DC Department of Transportation will be holding a community planning workshop for the South Capitol Street Corridor and the area around the planned baseball stadium on Saturday, April 23, 2005 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at Van Ness Elementary School Auditorium, located at 1150 5th Street, SE. This workshop will build on previous planning efforts to gather additional community input for the South Capitol Street Master Plan with a special emphasis on how the planned new baseball stadium will be integrated into the South Capitol Street Corridor to achieve the best results for the surrounding community and the city as a whole. See the press release
for the agenda and more information.
Mar 24, 2005 9:39 AM
Today's DC Extra in the Post
has a big story on the plans to revitalize South Capitol Street
, "On the Brink of a Major League Makeover
." No breaking news in it, except that "initial street improvements -- such as replacing the concrete Jersey barrier median with crosswalks at N, O and P streets, upgrading lights, and widening sidewalks -- will begin this spring or summer, using some of the $30 million in federal funds already allocated to the project."
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Mar 16, 2005 4:17 PM
The National Capital Planning Commission's South Capitol Street Task Force is holding a public meeting on Wednesday, March 30 at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm at 401 9th St. NW, Suite 500 to discuss its vision for transforming South Capitol Street. To attend, RSVP to 202-482-7296 or email@example.com .
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Mar 8, 2005
The National Capital Planning Commission has released its New Vision for South Capitol Street, a beautiful brochure giving more details on how they foresee the redevelopment of South Capitol Street into a grand boulevard, from a new Frederick Douglass Bridge northward to Virginia Avenue. As always, visions and realities are two very different things, but there is strong backing from the federal government (mainly in the persona of Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer), and now with the baseball stadium poised to be built along South Capitol, the interest in making this street into a showcase approach to the Capitol is considerably heightened. But don't look for any of it to happen next week, there's a 10- to 15-year timeline on it all....
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!
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.
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