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 20, 2018
- The same location, in January 2018, long after the block was cleared and with the brackets for the signs that used to tout the Congressional Square office project now empty. The buildings at rear are 909 Half
and 70/100 I Street
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.
June 4, 2017
- ... And the same spot, in June 2017, 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
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.
June 4, 2017
- ... And the same spot, in June 2017, 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.
A rendering of the old office project showing the public plaza (and 14,000 square feet of retail space) on K Street just west of First.
Renderings of the old office project showing the lobbies of 88 K (left) and 77 I (right).
The site plan for the old office project. It showed three (or four) buildings, connected via a "galleria"-type central lobby, with ground floor retail. At the south side of the site was a 10,000-sq-ft public plaza.