Word has just arrived that there's a "Preview Grand Opening" this weekend for JPI's first two "Capitol Yards" apartment buildings, the brick siblings at 70 and 100 I Street
(officially known as Jefferson and Axiom at Capitol Yards). There's apparently now a leasing trailer on I between Half and South Capitol (next to Wendy's perhaps? I haven't been by in a few days), and tours of the new buildings will start there, with the preview running from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday (the 17th and 18th). The two buildings will have almost 700 rental units available, and should have some pretty amazing views of the neighborhood and the Capitol dome (and the freeway!). (The building permits for rooftop pools on both buildings just came through within the past few days.) The official web site is at capitolyardsdc.com
; you can see the history of the project (which broke ground in fall 2006) on my 70/100 I project page
. These are the first residential units to open in Near Southeast since Capitol Hill Tower
was completed in spring 2006, and they are the first rentals. It's expected that Onyx on First
(now apartments, at least last I heard) will be opening later this year as well, adding another 266 rental units to the neighborhood.