April 14, 2018 -
In mid-April 2018, initial site clearing was underway on the block bounded by I, K, 1st, and Half, though renderings of the project still are not public.
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.
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.
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
August 5, 2017
- ... And the same spot, in August 2017, 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.
April 14, 2018
- ... And the same spot, in April 2018, 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.