Square 737 is located just south of the Southeast Freeway, bordered by New Jersey, Second, H, and eventually the reconstituted I Street.
Park Chelsea/Square 737

The WC Smith Company purchased this property from The Washington Post in late 1999 with plans for a 1.1-million-square-foot mixed use project. Latest designs call for 1,200 units of residential in three buildings. The first phase, a 430-unit apartment building at 880 New Jersey called the Park Chelsea, began construction in late fall 2012, with delivery expected in 2014. In summer 2013, plans emerged for a second building at 800 New Jersey, with Whole Foods occupying the ground floor. As part of the build-out of this block, the block of I Street missing between 2nd Street and New Jersey Avenue will be completed, and H Street will also be punched through to New Jersey. A small portion of federally owned land, known as Reservation 17A, was transferred to District control in 2010, which allowed these plans to go forward.

Park Chelsea Official Web Site | Construction Web Cam (WCS)
Whole Foods Makes it Official (10/23/13)
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A rendering of the Park Chelsea apartment building, WC Smith's first planned project on Square 737, seen here from the intersection of New Jersey and I. It is expected to have 432 units, two pools, a dog exercise area, gym, and green roof garden. Site clearing got underway in early 2012, and WCS is hoping to have the building completed by late 2014.

For more before-and-after photos of the construction from various angles, see the
Park Chelsea Expanded Photo Archive.

The northeast corner of New Jersey and I, the same angle as the rendering), in January 2012, before the trash transfer station was demolished. (1/8/12)

The same angle, with construction now moving along. (4/05/14)  Click to see all available photos of this location.

Sliding between before and after:
(Left) Looking westward from 2nd Street at I Street in 2005. The diagonal Canal Street ran alongside the old trash transfer station, and I Street didn't run through this block. Square 737 is to the right/north.
(Right) The same location, with the new I Street built and the Park Chelsea going vertical. (4/5/14)

Peeking into the Park Chelsea construction while speeding by on the Southeast Freeway (in the passenger seat!!!). This view of the Chelsea will be short-lived, given that its sibling 880 New Jersey will be built between it and the freeway. (3/9/14)

The new I Street, now built but probably not opening until later in 2014, if not early 2015. The Park Chelsea is at right. (12/15/13)

Peeking at the Park Chelsea's construction, seen along with the famous neighbor to the north. (12/15/13)

Looking to the northwest at 2nd and I streets, during the block's life as a parking lot. (8/21/03)

The same location, with construction moving along (and I Street now built too). (4/05/14)  Click to see all available photos of this location.

Moving away a from the Park Chelsea's lot a bit, to the corner of 2nd Place and K, back when it was just an overgrown parking lot. (7/14/05)

The same angle, already vastly changed with the 2012 arrival of Canal Park but soon to have the Park Chelsea (center) changing the vista, too. (2/22/14) Click to see all available photos of this location.

An overhead photo from 1992 of Square 737, when it was occupied by a warehouse. The main white building was a beautiful marble-or-limestone turn-of-the-century structure; it was demolished in 2000, and I weep every time I think of how I never got my own photo of it. (Waaaaaah!) From the Library of Congress Historic American Buildings Survey Virginia Avenue Collection.

A similar view of Square 737, this time from on top of 100 I Street in May, 2008. The building at rear is the old Post Plant at 225 Virginia Avenue. (05/08)

The northwestern corner of the old DPW site known as the trash transfer station sat on the footprint of both the to-be-built I Street and some of the Park Chelsea land, and so it had to be demolished before work could begin on the apartment building and the infrastructure work below. That finally happened in the summer of 2012. (6/26/12)

When people described the "deep" infrastructure work that had to be done on Square 737 before construction could start on the Park Chelsea, they weren't kidding. (6/26/12)

Looking at the Park Chelsea footprint from the trash transfer station ramp, during demolition. If you have x-ray specs, you can see the Freedom statue on top of the Capitol dome just behind the freeway. This location is where the new I Street will run. (6/26/12)

Turning a smidge to look more at the Park Chelsea site, which for a number of years was a parking lot. (6/26/12)

Before work began to redevelop Square 767, Canal Street ran on a strange northwest-then-north path through the block. Here is Canal's northern jog, on its way to H Street in the distance. (7/18/06)

Turning around and looking south on Canal back to the trash transfer station, and over to the old Post Plant at 225 Virginia. (7/18/06)

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