Jan. 6, 2019 -
In mid-April 2018, excavation began on the block bounded by I, K, 1st, and Half, which is expected to be a two-phase project to construction 800 units of housing. It's hard to see in this photo (winter shadows are particularly cruel at this site), but the first rebar is visible above ground on the far end of the lot.
Square 696, Sliding from to May 2006 to June 2018
The northeast corner of Half and K, where a lot happened on every site but this one, until excavation began in spring 2018.
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June 16, 2018 -
Without any publicly released renderings of the project, this will have to do.
August 2006 -
The northwestern corner of 1st and K streets, in August 2006; this garage was in operation under different names for many years. It closed in winter 2008 and was demolished in September of that year.
January 6, 2019
- The same location, in January 2019, long after the block was cleared and with fences up and some initial clearing underway.
June 24, 2008 -
Square 696 as seen from above New Jersey Avenue, in June 2008. The white-fronted building at lower-center marks the southeastern corner of the lot. The Washington Monument, Rosslyn, and even the National Cathedral are all visible to the northwest. JPI's 70/100 I Street
residential development has risen to its north, and 70 I's sibling 909 New Jersey
has now snuck into the frame at right.
May 6, 2008 -
Another view of Square 696, this time from the roof of 20 M Street
; the white-fronted building at center-right and the parking lot to its left/west make up most of the block. To the north of Square 696 is JPI's 70/100 I Street
residential development. Velocity's
sales center is the trailer at lower left, and the Phase I Velocity condo construction is now visible at right.
July 2005 -
The square's northeast corner, at First and I, in July 2005. The firewood lot cleared out in spring 2007.
January 6, 2019
- ... And the same spot, in January 2019, years after the departure of the firewood operation and the streetscape improvements to First and I.
November 2006 -
Another view from Half and I, this time showing the block's northern boundary. The south/right side of the street is the northern border of Square 696; across the street to the north is the construction site for JPI's 70/100 I Street
September 30, 2018
- ... And the same spot, in September 2018, long after the streetscape improvements to I Street transformed the view.
August 2004 - The northeast corner of Half and K, home to the A&A Towing Company, in August 2004.
January 6, 2019
- ... And the same spot, in January 2019, with A&A Towing gone. The construction at rear is 70/100 I Street
January 2006 - A closer view of the garage that was home to both Four Star and Merritt Cab companies.
August 2007 - The trailer that was the office of A&A Towing, on Half Street between I and K, days after the company left this location for 1620 2nd Street, SW. A few days after this photo was taken, the trailer was gone.
March 2, 2008 - In late February 2008, a sign went up on the Merritt Cab garage announcing its impending departure.
June 21, 2008 - Advertising sign on First Street in 2008 for the office project originally planned for the site.
Renderings from early 2009 for the 800,000-square-foot office and retail complex originally planned for the block, once known as Plaza on K and then Congressional Square.