Square 697N
(909 Half Street, Old Exxon Site at 950 South Capitol)

Square 697N is the block bounded by South Capitol, Half, I, and K, with all lots owned by the Ruben Companies. An Exxon station sat at South Capitol and I until 2006; the land was owned by Exxon until July 2011. The eastern portion of the block was purchased by JPI for $28.6 million in 2007, with plans for a 421-unit apartment building called 23 I, but they defaulted on the loan in 2009, and the property went to Ruben, which in February 2012 announced plans for a 400-unit apartment building on the block's eastern side, at 909 Half Street.

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The northeast corner of Square 697N, at South Capitol and I Streets. The Exxon
that had been on this site closed in 2006; the Wendy's was demolished in 2009. (02/07)

The southeastern corner of the block, at Half and K, has not been much to look at. (02/07)

Seen here in 2011, this corner would be the southeastern side of Ruben's planned 909 Half St. apartment building. Retail would run all along Half Street. (4/30/11) Click to see all available photos of this location.

The block has clear views of the U.S. Capitol dome, not far to the north. (01/06)

The same spot, with the Exxon long gone. Ruben envisions a Phase II building fronting South Capitol Street, but has made no determination whether it would be office, residential, or hotel. (5/31/10) Click to see all available photos of this location.

For years, Wendy's was the major current tenant on the eastern part of the block. (11/06)

In late July 2008, the fast food outlet finally closed, and was quickly stripped of its markings. The building was demolished in 2009. (8/3/08)

An alternate view of the I Street portion of the property, looking west from Half Street. (06/07)

The same spot, with Alpha Towing (and its trees and overgrowth) demolished. This is where the 909 Half apartment building would front I Street. (5/31/10) Click to see all available photos of this location.

A towing company and its parking lot occupied the Half Street section of 23 I's footprint for many years. (1/20/08)

On May 1, 2008, demolition began. (5/1/08)

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