The block immediately north of Nationals Park on 1st Street SE has three large developments in progress. (Click to enlarge the above drawings.)
* a 233,000-square-foot office building at the corner of 1st and M (seen at far right above), developed by Skanska as "99 M Street
* a 325-unit residential project and a 170-unit Residence Inn hotel known as "F1rst" just to the south of the office building (seen at center above), and
* 45,000 square feet of retail, most of which will be in the office/hotel/residential buildings, while the remaining 7,000 square feet will be in a separate two-story retail-only building
at the corner of 1st and N (seen at far left, above), with a design "inspired by the industrial character of the existing neighborhood."
Separate from the Grosvenor-McCaffery-Skanska projects but surrounding its two-story retail building will be a 168-room Hampton Inn and Suites. Construction got underway in early 2014 and the hotel is expected to deliver in mid-2015.
April 8, 2015 -
... Except that the groundbreaking
wasn't really a groundbreaking--it was a "ballthrowing" over the fence into the construction footprint.
March 22, 2015 - At left, the pile driver that marks the beginning of construction on the Grosvenor residential and hotel portion of the block. At right, the Hampton Inn, with masonry work now in evidence on the western walls.
March 22, 2015 -
A closeup of the brick-colored facing on the Hampton Inn, as well as another look at the brick work on the western side of the building (which will eventually be where a condo building in the MacFarlane/Lynch Half Street project
June 16, 2006 - The northwest corner of 1st and N Streets.
May 4, 2003 - Looking toward 1st Street along N in 2003.
August 2007 - Looking across N Street toward what will eventually be the northeast corner of the intersection with Cushing Street.
May 2006 - The southwest corner of 1st and M, seen in May 2006.
March 28, 2015
- And now, with Normandie Liquors long since demolished, the ballpark at rear, 55 M Street
towering at right, and the Hampton Inn construction now visitble at the far end of the block. This is where the Skanska's 99 M Street office building will mark the north end of Ballpark Square.
(Top) An overhead view of the footprint of Square 701 as seen from the north in December 2008, showing its proximity to Nationals Park, just to the south. (12/08)
(Bottom) Ballpark Square from a similar angle, but note the absence of the L-shaped Hampton Inn at far right.
March 28, 2015
- A view of the middle of the block, where the new buildings start in the above rendering, a few weeks after the start of construction.
May 2006 - The northwest corner of the Willco site is at Cushing and M streets, seen here in May 2006. The Plymouth Printing Company building is at right-center. (Normandie Liquors is just visible at far left.)
March 29, 2015
- The same location, with most of the site now cleared, and with the eastern stadium parking garage at rear and 55 M Street
looming across Cushing Street at right.
September 2012 - And a summer 2012 rendering of what the M Street frontage between Cushing and 1st would look like if the project is built as designed.
January 6, 2008 - The old and the new in the Ballpark District can easily be seen at the corner of First and N, as new sidewalks, a wider First Street, and historic streetlamps (and 100 M Street under construction in the distance) butt up against the abandoned buildings of the old Near Southeast.
- Normandie Liquors seemed to become a symbol of old versus new in Near Southeast. The shuttered liquor store held out while new buildings like 20 M
(left) and 80 M were built....
April 5, 2014 - .... But ultimately the need for stadium parking won out, and Normandie was demolished in early February 2008. This is a slightly different angle of the Normandie lot, with new signage touting 99 M Street, in spring 2014.