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The Yards

The redevelopment of the old Southeast Federal Center; first project underway in 2008
42 acres, 1.8 million sq ft office space, 2,800 residential units, 160,000-350,000 sq ft retail, and a 5.8-acre riverfront park


JDLand.com's Official Unofficial Guide, Updated for 2016!
In the Pipeline
One M/10 Van
Yards/Icon Theater
DC Water HQ
Yards/Parcel O
Joule
JBG/Half St.
The Garrett
Capper/Square 769N
2 I Street
Yards/Parcel L
1000 South Capitol
25 M
Chiller Site Condos
Yards/Parcel A
1333 M St.
New Douglass Bridge
More Capper Apts.
250 M St.
New Marine Barracks
Nat'l Community Church
Factory 202/Yards
Square 696
SC1100
Completed
Dock 79 ('16)
Community Center ('16)
The Brig ('16)
Park Chelsea ('16)
Yards/Arris ('16)
Hampton Inn ('15)
Southeast Blvd. ('15)
11th St. Bridges ('15)
Parc Riverside ('14)
Twelve12/Yards ('14)
Lumber Shed ('13)
Boilermaker Shops ('13)
Camden South Capitol ('13)
Canal Park ('12)
Capitol Quarter ('12)
225 Virginia/200 I ('12)
Foundry Lofts ('12)
1015 Half Street ('10)
Yards Park ('10)
Velocity Condos ('09)
Teague Park ('09)
909 New Jersey Ave. ('09)
55 M ('09)
100 M ('08)
Onyx ('08)
70/100 I ('08)
Nationals Park ('08)
Seniors Bldg Demo ('07)
400 M ('07)
Douglass Bridge Fix ('07)
US DOT HQ ('07)
20 M ('07)
Capper Seniors 1 ('06)
Capitol Hill Tower ('06)
Courtyard/Marriott ('06)
Marine Barracks ('04)
 
A July 2016 graphic showing the footprint of, progress at, and future plans for the 42-acre site along the Anacostia River known as "The Yards."


The size of the Yards footprint is clearest when viewed from across the Anacostia, seen here back in January 2003 before the start of the US DOT HQ construction. (see enlargement) (01/03)
The opposite side view of the central portion of The Yards, from above M Street, seen in September 2004 (before the Department of Transportation HQ obscured the view). The historic red brick building at center, along with the open plaza area to its right, are part of the DOT site; the ornate building at right is a WASA pumping plant; and the two red brick buildings at the far left are part of the Navy Yard. All other areas and buildings in this photo are considered part of the The Yards. (09/04)

Yards Projects Completed, Underway, and Planned for the Near Term

Foundry Lofts (the old Parcel M/Pattern-Joiner Shop/Building 160) - The brown-and-white building at 3th and Tingey, it has been renovated as a 170-unit apartment building, with two floors added on top; work began in 2008, but stalled until August 2010 because of funding issues. The first residents moved in in November 2011.
Yards Park - A 5.5 acre park along The Yards's riverfront, its first phase opened in September 2010. A bridge--part of the Anacostia Riverwalk--connecting the park to Diamond Teague Park opened in November 2011.
The Boilermaker Shop (the old Parcel K/Building 167) - The building on the north side of Tingey, between 3rd and 4th and just behind the Department of Transportation HQ, has been redeveloped as a retail building; work got underway in fall 2011, with with tenants moving in throughout 2013.
The Lumber Shed - The historic building is being renovated as a restaurant pavilion, with its location at the north end of the Yards Park area making it easily available to users of the Anacostia Riverwalk. Construction began in summer 2012, with initial tenants opening late in 2013.
Twelve12/Parcel D - An empty lot for many years, this site was redesigned in 2010 to be a residential building with 200-225 units, a ground-floor Harris Teeter, and a three-story fitness center and spa. Construction began in early 2012, and opened in 2014.
Arris/Parcel N - Work began in late 2013 on the Yards's second new-construction apartment building, with 327 units and 20,000 sq ft of retail on the southwest corner of 4th and Tingey. It opened in early 2016.
Parcel O - The southeast corner of 4th and Tingey, formerly the temporary home to a trapeze school, is expected to see construction start in 2016 on a 140-unit condo building and 190-unit apartment building.
Parcel L - The lot south of Tingey and west of 3rd will eventually have a 290-unit residential building and perhaps a boutique hotel. Residential construction could start by 2018.


The northeastern footprint of the Yards, nestled between the Navy Yard, M Street, and the DOT HQ. The large building is the Broadside Mount Shop, formerly home to the Federal Protective Services, which will be renovated into a 270-unit condo building. The smaller brick building (Building 74) and the parking lots surrounding it will become residential areas in later phases of the site's development. (11/1/07)
Not one of my photos, but a great zoom-in on a 1990s-era overhead photo showing the Southeast Federal Center as it looked until just a few years before I started photographing the neighborhood. Familiar buildings such as the now-Foundry Lofts building, the now-Boilermaker Shops building, the former NGA building at 1st and M, and the DC Water main pumping station are interspersed with buildings that were demolished around 1999, including the large white Building 159 and smaller low-slung warehouse-type buildings at New Jersey and M and east of the Foundry Lofts. The large parking lot at far left is where the US Department of Transportation building now stands. From the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.



Later Phases
Factory 202/Parcel E1/Building 202/Gun Assembly Shop/Gun Mount Shop - The red brick building at 5th and M was once slated to be redeveloped as a 271-unit condo building, but Forest City put it on the market in 2016 to assess potential other development ideas.
Parcels A, F, G - This site at 1st and M was home to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (and other cloak-and-dagger Feds) until 2011, and the building was finally demolished in spring 2014. These parcels will be redeveloped as office buildings, with ground-floor retail, but is in the meantime becoming a public space some wags refer to as "Spooky Park."
Parcels H and I - Land along 1st Street south of Tingey was cleared in early 2008 to allow parking for Nationals Park. Eventually, in later phases, residential buildings will be built here.
Parcels D and E2/3 - The additional parcels on the northeast corner of the site will be turned into residential projects.





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