Near Southeast DC: Past News Items - Jan 09, 2006
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New Page: North of M
Jan 9, 2006 11:00 PM
While trying to add some photos of the Faison properties along 1st Street, I realized that my South Capitol Street Corridor page had become way too huge and unwieldy, and that with the various plans getting underway for the few blocks between I, M, South Capitol, and New Jersey, perhaps that little land of taxi companies and auto shops needed its own page, so I created the North of M page, and rejiggered my Near Southeast map yet again. I added quite a few new pictures, and this is where I'll track these projects (Faison's, Ron Cohen's Square 699 plans, JPI's two projects on 1st and on I) until they get big enough to warrant their own pages. I also added a couple of new pictures to the SouthCap page to make up for its losses.

New Office/Residential Project In Planning Stages
Jan 9, 2006 8:09 PM

Just got back from the ANC 6D meeting, where Faison Enterprises was seeking the support of the commission in its request to close two east-west alleys in Square 743N, which is bounded by 1st, New Jersey, L, and M. Faison is in the process of acquiring the entire portion of this block west of the north-south alley (they were cagey about exactly how acquired it is), and displayed its preliminary plans for two structures: a 12-story office building on the northeast corner of 1st and M, and a 14-story, 250-unit residential tower on the southeast corner of 1st and L. This project--designed by Esocoff & Associates--has a lot of miles to cover before shovels could go in the ground, especially since its location comes under the new planning review requirements along M Street as part of the latest (not yet approved) amendment to the Capitol Gateway Overlay. I'll dig up some more pictures of the lots, but you can scroll far down on both the M Street and South Capitol Street pages to find a shot or two in the meantime. (Oh, the ANC supported the alley closings 6-0; the city council will vote on the proposal on Jan. 27.) More as I get it. UPDATE, 1/13: The DC Council will be holding a hearing on the legislation for this alley closing on Jan. 27 at 10:30 am.

New Pre-Construction Photo Found
Jan 9, 2006 7:14 PM
Digging through my thousands of Near Southeast images, I realized tonight that I had one of my oldest ones (from September 2000) mis-identified, and that it's actually of the 1100 block of New Jersey Avenue, well before construction was begun on the green-and-white "Federal Gateway" building. (Scroll down the NJ page to see it, now pared with a current photo of the same spot.) I've always grumbled that I didn't have any evidence of what that block looked like before 1100 New Jersey went up--now I do! How wonderful that I can be made happy by such little things. :-)
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