(Left) A rendering of the southeastern corner of DRI's three-building plan for Square 696, showing the K Street facade, at First Street, where a 10,000-sq-ft public plaza will be built, surrounded by 14,000 sq ft of retail. The building at left is 50 K (a later phase), with first-phase 88 K at right. (Right) 77 I Street, looking west from First (the northeast edge of 88 K is at far left).
A rendering showing the public plaza (and 14,000 square feet of retail space) on K Street just west of First.
The northwestern corner of 1st and K streets, in August 2006; this garage has been in operation under different names for many years. It closed in winter 2008 and was demolished in September of that year. (08/06)
September 6, 2014
- The same location, in September 2014, with demolition of the last building on the block completed, and with the view surrounding it markedly different. The new building at rear is 70/100 I Street
Renderings showing the lobbies of 88 K (left) and 77 I (right).
The ground-floor site plan for Square 696. It shows three (or four) buildings, connected via a "galleria"-type central lobby, with ground floor retail. At the south side of the site is the 10,000-sq-ft public plaza.
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. (6/24/08)
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. (5/6/08)
The northwest corner of the block, at Half and I, in February 2007. (02/07)
October 19, 2014
- The same location, with the A&A Towing Company now gone and with the brush along the fence removed. The Velocity
residential project on L Street is the building that's popped up to the right, and 909 New Jersey
is at left.
The new advertising sign on First Street. (6/21/08)
The square's northeast corner, at First and I, in July 2005. The firewood lot cleared out in spring 2007. (07/05)
July 12, 2014
- ... And the same spot, in July 2014, years after the departure of the firewood operation and the streetscape improvements to First and I.
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
residential project. (11/06)
The northeast corner of Half and K, home to the A&A Towing Company, in August 2004. (04/08)
June 2, 2014
- ... And the same spot, in June 2014, with A&A Towing gone. The construction at rear is 70/100 I Street
A closer view of the garage that was home to both Four Star and Merritt Cab companies. (01/06)
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. (08/07)
In late February 2008, a sign went up on the Merritt Cab garage announcing its impending departure. (3/2/08)